In line with the Red Phoenix Theatre vision, these wonderful works written by some of the world’s great writers, promise a fresh and dynamic theatrical experience.

by David Ireland
October 19 – 28, 2023
Cyprus Avenue: the most shocking play on the London stage.

(The Guardian)

Cyprus Avenue is a hard hitting black comedy which tells the story of a man struggling with the past and terrified of the future. It was awarded Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and the James Tait Black Prize for Drama in 2017. For his portrayal of Eric, Stephen Rea won Best Actor at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017.

Eric Miller is a Belfast Loyalist. He believes his five-week old granddaughter is Gerry Adams.

His family keep telling him to stop living in the past and fighting old battles that nobody cares about anymore, but his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act.

Gerry Adams has disguised himself as a newborn baby and successfully infiltrated my family home.

David Ireland’s black comedy takes one man’s identity crisis to the limits.


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


by Nikolai Erdman
translated by Peter Tegel
by David Eldridge
May 25 – June 3, 2023

The Suicide is a satirical Russian comedy written in 1924 that was banned by Stalin. The playwright, Nikolai Erdman, was sent to a Siberian work camp for 20 years and the play was never performed in his lifetime. Britain’s longest serving theatre critic, Michael Billington includes it in his collection of “The 101 Greatest Plays”.

Although riotously funny, Erdman’s play shows the planned suicide of its jobless hero, Semyon, mercilessly exploited by the intelligentsia, business, the church, and anyone who wishes to protest again society and advance their individual agenda. Suicide, you may think, is no joke, but Erdman’s comedy remains a testament to the survival instinct of the individual in the face of crushing external and social forces.
When you consider the times in which it was written, the audacity is breathtaking. The play continues to outlive its time in history. It celebrates the will to love, it argues for the right to work, and is filled with wonderful, wild and madcap humour.
Directed by Brant Eustice and featuring an outstanding cast including Kate, Anolak, Adrian Barnes, Samuel Creighton, Michael Eustice, Ruby Faith, Brittany Gallasch, Sharon Malujlo, Geoff Revell, Nicole Rutty, Georgia Stockham, and Tom Tassone.


A Promenade of Shorts Season 2:
JANUARY 12 – 21, 2023

Join us for a mini-festival of 10 minute plays, ranging from murder to hilarious mayhem. At each performance three separate audiences will promenade between the three key Holden Street venues. During the two intervals there will be an outside bar and entertainment.

Experience nine individual plays by distinguished playwrights, being performed by 27 actors. Sit with Brian as he awaits his audition for Britain’s Got Talent, stand outside the Whitehouse as women campaign for the vote, will Captain Rockets defeat the Intergalactic Brain-Eaters, watch the interrogation of a killer, experience the crazy sci-fi future of advertising (Black Mirrorstyle), discover the untapped potential of the dreaded corporate breakout meetings, decide whether this is the wedding from hell or a bit of a laugh, cringe as a woman attempts to come out to her male boss, and experience the dilemmas of teaching 7 year olds (‘George don’t do that!’).

Previous Reviews for A Promenade of Shorts

“extraordinary power” – The Advertiser

“The satisfying thing about A Promenade Of Shorts is that there are many twists, some great moments and performances, and enough variety to meet the needs of most theatre-hungry audiences.” –The Adelaide Show

“It is imagination and initiative. It is Red Phoenix rising once again.” – The Barefoot Review

“The theatrical drought is well and truly broken with Red Phoenix Theatre making a grand entrance in a Promenade of Shorts.” – Theatre Association of South Australia

“there is something for everybody in this theatrical festival” – Broadway World

“It is a stroke of genius” – Stage Whispers

“Bold and imaginative in conception and delivery, A Promenade of Shorts is a wonderful return to local theatre in this town.” – Kryztoff Raw

“Unmissable! GO!”-The Weekender Herald