Following the success run of its world premiere in 2017, Autumn Royal by Kevin Barry returned to the Everyman in 2018 before touring in Ireland.
May and Timothy are looking after the father – the father has long since taken to the bed. Their own lives are curtailed, closed down, and they’re not getting any younger. Should they stay or should they go?
A dark comedy set on the northside of Cork city, Autumn Royal is a play about life and death, love and hate, hysterical dependency, jealousy, rage, horror, and homicidal notions – or, in other words, it’s a play about a family.
Kevin Barry is the multi-award winning writer of the novels Beatlebone and City Of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies The Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. Autumn Royal is his first piece written originally for the stage. The Everyman was thrilled to present and co-produce its world premiere.
★★★★ “A scathing searchlight on wishful thinking, enlivened by the writer’s characteristic ebullience of language” – The Irish Times (click HERE to read full review)
“This is a brilliant play, full of wit and sentiment.” – Irish Independent
“The gorgeous performance of this cast brings the play’s point home: a family’s history and reputation can never be spun clean.” – Exeunt Magazine (click HERE to read full review)
Written by Kevin Barry
Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin
Sound Designer Carl Kennedy
Costume & Set Designer Deirdre Dwyer
Lighting Designer John Crudden
Starred Shane Casey and Siobhán Mcsweeney (2017)
Starred Siobhán Mcsweeney and Peter Campion (2018)