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Cyprus Avenue
By David Ireland

Presented by Red Phoenix Theatre and Holden Street Theatres


Eric notices something very unusual and disturbing about Mary-May, his five-week-old grand-daughter. Although his wife and daughter think Mary-May is the ‘best baby in Belfast’, Eric can see that she is really the famous Sinn Fein president and politician Gerry Adams – but without a beard.

Set in a Northern Ireland now at peace, Eric struggles to shake off his experiences of The Troubles. Why has Gerry Adams now infiltrated his home? What should he do? Perhaps his psychiatrist can help him to make sense of his world. Or perhaps not.

Cyprus Avenue, David Ireland’s funny and shocking black comedy, won Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2017 and Stephen Rea won Best Actor for his portrayal of Eric. The play also won the James Tait Black Prize for Drama in the same year.

This is another Red Phoenix play that will have you talking about it long after it is over.

How well do we support people in our community who are struggling?

David Ireland also wrote Ulster American, which was recently performed at Holden Street Theatres to rave reviews.

Warning: violence and extreme coarse language
(recommended for ages 15+)

20 October
Soccer Game at Coopers Stadium

Due to Soccer at Coopers Stadium, complimentary parking is available for Holden Street Theatres patrons at the Entertainment Centre Carpark.
Just present your Holden Street Theatres show ticket to the staff upon entering the parking area.


Directed by Nick Fagan and featuring an outstanding cast including Brendan Cooney, Emily Currie, Brant Eustice, Rhoda Sylvester and Lyn Wilson

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Cyprus Avenue


Genre: Theatre

Season: 2023

Dates: 19 - 29 Oct

Duration: 2hr

19 - 27 Oct @ 7:30pm
22 Oct @ 2:00pm
29 Oct @ 4:00pm

Warning: Violence and extreme coarse language (recommended for ages 15+)

General Admission: $28.50
Concession: $22.00
Group (6+): $25.50
(inclusive of Booking Fees)

Venue: The Studio

32-34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh SA 5007


HST are making every effort to make our performances accessible to all patrons. Accessible seating is available in The Studio.



HST is incredibly excited to present a safe and secure experience at the theatre. To ensure public safety we encourage social distancing and good hygiene practices. As and when restrictions are implemented by SA Health we will follow those guidelines. Only attend the event if you are feeling well, and If you have any COVID-19 symptoms please ensure you appropriate measures until you recover.

If you are unable to attend your event please call 8225 8888 or email manager@holdenstreettheatres.com to discuss your ticketing options.