Yes So I Said Yes

by David Ireland

23 November - 18 December 2021

“It’s harder to kill people when there’s a peace process on.”

The Great Britain premiere

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Ulster Loyalist Alan Black is kept awake every night by his neighbour McCorrick’s dog barking. To add to his difficulties, McCorrick refuses to acknowledge that he even owns a dog, let alone one that is creating a disturbance.

In a Northern Ireland he barely recognises, where politics has proved just to be the continuation of war by other means, a disconsolate Alan sets out to rid himself of the incessant noise.

As he seeks help from authority figures, he finally – as a very last resort – turns to the only voice he can really trust, Eammon Holmes…

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the partition of Ireland and the foundation of Northern Ireland, Yes So I Said Yes is a blackly comic, ferocious, dystopian satire about what it’s like to feel alone in a place where everyone else is conspiring to erase you and your history.

Playwright David Ireland, the multi award-winning author of Cyprus Avenue, returns to the Finborough Theatre following the critically acclaimed English premiere of Everything Between Us; and director Max Elton returns to the Finborough Theatre following his “excellent production” (The Guardian) of Israel Zangwill’s play The Melting Pot.

As a special event on Wednesday, 1 December, there will be a Q&A session after the performance of Yes So I Said Yes which will take place in the theatre auditorium. It will feature playwright David Ireland, director Max Elton and cast members. The event will be moderated by  Sue Healy, Literary Manager of the Finborough Theatre. Performance + Q&A tickets must be purchased together for this special performance and will be £30 (£28 concessions) for the performance and Q&A.

As an intimate theatre venue, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of performers, staff, and audience members during the current pandemic. We have reduced our audience capacity to 80% and temporarily increased our ticket prices to reflect this. Due to the size of our auditorium, FULL FACE COVERINGS MUST BE WORN THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PERFORMANCE. Drinks will not be permitted in the auditorium. We will be reviewing these protocols every month and will lift them as soon as it is safe to do so. For full information, please see our Covid-19 Policy page.

About The Playwright David Ireland

Playwright David Ireland was born in Belfast and brought up in County Down. He was Playwright-in-Residence at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in 2011-2012. In 2010, Everything Between Us, first produced by Solas Nua and Tinderbox Theatre Company, was performed in Belfast, Scotland and Washington, D.C., winning the Stewart Parker Trust BBC Radio Drama Award and the Meyer-Whitworth Award for Best New Play. It received its English premiere at the Finborough Theatre in 2017. Yes So I Said Yes was first performed at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, in 2011 as part of the Belfast Festival and then on a tour of Northern Ireland, where its performances in Omagh led to the theatre being picketed by a local church group. Cyprus Avenue premiered at the Royal Court Theatre before transferring to the Public Theater, New York City, the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and the Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, winning The Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Drama. It returned to the Royal Court Theatre in 2019. It received over 100,000 views online. In 2018, Ireland's Ulster American was performed by the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, as part of their Edinburgh Festival season, where it was awarded the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, and won Best Female Performance, Best New Play and Best Production at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland.

About The Director Max Elton

Director Max Elton directed the critically acclaimed production of David Ireland’s The End of Hope in Soho Theatre’s main space in a co-production between Soho Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. He wrote and directed Big Brother Blitzkrieg (King’s Head Theatre), and other direction includes The Melting Pot (Finborough Theatre), Stripped (King’s Head Theatre) and Leftovers (Tristan Bates Theatre).

The press on playwright David Ireland

On Cyprus Avenue
★★★★★ "I can’t remember when I saw a play that was so utterly clear yet had such startling destination.” The Observer

★★★★ "Compulsive viewing.” Time Out 

★★★★★ "The most electric, unnerving, illuminating nights of theatre any of us can have seen for years.” Irish News

On Everything Between Us

★★★★ “David Ireland is our theatre’s expert at exploring the psychosis underlying Ulster Protestant prejudice.” The Guardian

★★★★ “David Ireland drops more than a few depth charges in one of the best pieces about conflict in Northern Ireland yet written.” Irish Times

The press on director Max Elton

OnThe End of Hope by David Ireland

★★★★★ “Explosive.” WhatsOnStage

★★★★★ “Max Elton's production is outrageous from the very first beat, and never lets up.” Broadway World

★★★★ “Freewheeling, majestically entertaining.” The Times

★★★★ “Sharp, surreal romantic comedy.” Time Out

★★★★ “A high-powered, hugely entertaining hour.” The Stage

On The Melting Pot at the Finborough Theatre

"Max Elton's excellent production is alert to the play's topicality" The Guardian

★★★★ "Elton's direction sings...top dollar production deserves a bigger stage" The Arts Desk

The press on Everything Between Us by David Ireland at the Finborough Theatre

★★★★ Four Stars, The Guardian, The Stage, The Daily Star, Arts Desk, Broadway World, Theatre Full Stop and Paul in London

“Emotionally rich, unapologetically hilarious, and compelling articulate…A scabrously funny two-hander that collides the past and the future of Northern Ireland.” Fergus Morgan, The Stage

23 November - 18 December 2021

Weeks 1 and 2

Prices until 5 December 2021

Tickets £23, £20 Concessions

Concession Details

Tuesday evenings £20 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £23 all seats. Previews (23 and 24 November) £14 all seats.
£10 tickets for Under 30s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.
£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday 27 November 2021 at 7.30pm booked online only.
Pre-bookable concessions are available for the following groups:
Children aged 16 and under
Students in full-time education
Jobseeker’s Allowance and low income benefits claimants
Disability Benefit claimants
Senior Citizens aged 60+
and Equity, BECTU, MU and other entertainment union members in full benefit on Sunday matinees only.

Weeks 3 and 4

Prices from 7 December 2021

Tickets £25, £23 Concessions

Concession Details

Tuesday evenings £23 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £25 all seats.
Pre-bookable concessions are available for the following groups:
Children aged 16 and under
Students in full-time education
Jobseeker’s Allowance and low income benefits claimants
Disability Benefit claimants
Senior Citizens aged 60+
and Equity, BECTU, MU and other entertainment union members in full benefit on Sunday matinees only.

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Tickets and Times

Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30pm
Friday 7:30pm
Saturday 3:00pm
7:30pm
Sunday 3:00pm

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with no interval

This play includes gunshots, smoke effects, and graphic scenes of physical and sexual violence.