Wednesday 6 to Saturday 30 April 2016, Live Theatre

A Live Theatre Production: World Premiere
Supported by the Friends of Live Theatre
Written by Alison Carr
Directed by Max Roberts
Designed by Patrick Connellan
Cast | Katy Cavanagh, Samantha Neale & Joe Caffrey


“Carr shows a command of unexpected, absurdist detail  … an eloquent study of extreme reactions to grief” ★★★★ – The Guardian

“fierce but often comic play … bruising yet touching” – The Stage

“a complex and ingeniously plotted play about families, relationships, secrets” – British Theatre Guide

“Skilful direction by Max Roberts, a deservedly established writer and top notch performances and staging make Iris an engaging, entertaining night out.” – The Chronicle

“a compelling piece of drama which tackles some huge issues … brilliant” – Break A Leg

“Carr’s writing is stunning … Iris is a great night out – but it is one you will be mulling over long after it finishes.” – Man About Toon

“a fascinating drama … [a] rollercoaster of emotions that underpins the most dysfunctional of relationships” – NE Theatre Guide

“Carr has a golden talent for talking about feelings …” – Cuckoo Review

“[Carr’s] voice is strong … eye-wateringly good” – The Northern Echo

“funny … rude … wildly imaginative and brilliantly performed” – The Journal

“Harold Pinter meets Jeremy Kyle” – The Guardian, Readers’ favourite stage shows of 2016

Katy & Joe crossword Katy as Julie funeral Sam as Ruby2

No one’s touched the buffet, there’s a big gap on the wall where a mirror’s fallen off and something is stinking the place out.

Julie and Ruby are sisters coming to terms with the death of formidable matriarch Iris who still manages to control their lives from beyond the grave.

On the night of the funeral, Julie gets off with Gerry, the crime scene cleaner. Maybe that’ll help. It doesn’t.

When their mother’s unusual bequest unearths a story that leaves some indelible marks, something more than a deep clean is needed.

Iris is a heady cocktail of caustic humour and tender pathos from the writer of the hit 2015 Edinburgh show The Soaking Of Vera Shrimp (“achingly beautiful and utterly compelling” ★★★★ – The Telegraph) and Fat Alice (“Carr sustains the bold premise through the vividness of her writing” ★★★★ – The Times).

Alison Carr was a winner of the 2013 40th Anniversary Live Theatre Bursary and is a member of the Traverse 50 group of writers. Iris is her first full length commission for Live.

Winner | Journal Culture Awards Writer the Year for Iris – presented at Hexham Abbey in May 2017