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Everything Between Us - Finborough Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE English premiere of a multi-award-winning play by David Ireland, Everything Between Us, plays at the Finborough Theatre on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, April 30 to Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (nine performances only).

Described as a searing, taut and fast-paced two-woman showdown, it stars Katrina McKeever (Teeni) and Lynsey-Anne Moffat (Sandra).

I bit into your heart and I chewed on it slowly like a connoisseur. I swallowed it. I remember thinking it was an especially small heart and easy to digest. But no matter what I did you wouldn’t die.

It is Day One of the newly formed Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Northern Ireland at Stormont.

As Sandra Richardson prepares to take her seat on the Commission, her long lost sister Teeni explodes into the chamber and attacks the South African chairwoman, Dikeledi Mashiane. Deep in the heart of the Northern Irish Parliament, overshadowed by the legacy of hurt, Sandra and Teeni must fight through decades of violence, anger and denial to discover if reconciliation is possible on the pathway to peace.

Everything Between Us is a dramatic, dark, unflinching comedy written by Northern Ireland’s boldest contemporary writer.

Everything Between Us, first produced by Solas Nua and Tinderbox Theatre, premiered in Washington DC, Belfast and Scotland in 2010. It won playwright David Ireland the Stewart Parker Trust Award, BBC Radio Drama Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award for Best New Play.

Playwright David Ireland was born in Belfast and trained and worked as an actor. He is the former Playwright-in-Residence at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, and is currently working on new plays for Dundee Rep, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. His first play What The Animals Want was produced at Òran Mór in Glasgow in May 2009 and transferred to the Belfast Festival.

His plays since include Everything Between Us, The End of Hope, The End of Desire, Half A Glass Of Water, Yes, So I Said Yes, Can’t Forget About You, Trouble And Shame, Most Favoured, The Hen Night, Summertime and Cyprus Avenue which was nominated for the Evening Standard Most Promising New Playwright Award.

Katrina McKeever’s theatre includes The First Man (Jermyn Street Theatre), What the Butler Saw (Old Museum Arts Centre) and Goblin Market (Lyric Theatre, Belfast/Edinburgh Festival). She has also appeared in the films Nightclubbing (winner of the RTÉ/Filmbase Award 2007), Lady Death (Belfast Short Film Festival 2017) and The First Man.

Lynsey-Anne Moffat’s theatre includes The Knight From Nowhere/The Bells (Park Theatre), The Mother Of Knowledge (Theatre 503), What Light (Pilot Theatre), Horizontal Collaboration and Sub Rosa (Fire Exit), The Breathing House (Rekindle Theatre) and The Cherry Orchard (Dundee Rep).

Her other work includes Hector and Angels’ Share (film); The Worst Witch, Outlander, Casualty, Doctors, EastEnders and How Not To Live Your Life (TV); and The Magus and The Heart of Midlothian (radio).

Presented by Matthew Schmolle for The Working Party in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, Everything Between Us is directed by Neil Bull and designed by Laura Cordery, with lighting by Kieron Johnson and sound by Simon Slater.

For more information and to book tickets, call the box office on 0844 847 1652 or visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/.

Also at the Finborough Theatre: the first professional London production in over 50 years of Arthur Miller’s Incident At Vichy (until April 22) and the first UK production in over 20 years of Caste, starring Paul Bradley and Susan Penhaligon (April 2 to April 18, 2017).