Sunday 18 March 2018

Billy Roche play returns home

A PLAY by Billy Roche (pictured) which premiered at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin two years ago, is coming home to Wexford for a dozen performances at Wexford Arts Centre.

'Lay Me Down Softly' which is set in a travelling carnival, will be presented by Mosshouse Productions, the Wexford theatre company founded by Billy to bring first class professional drama to the town.

The brand new production sees the Wexford playwright reunited with the Wexfordborn actor Gary Lydon of The Clinic television series fame who play will once again play the role of the violent ringmaster Theo which he so vividly brought to life on the Peacock stage.

Wexford talent will also be represented by the involvement of Bui Bolg which has designed the sets and costumes and another Wexford native Anthony Morris who will play the part of the prize fighter Dean who takes on all-comers on a nightly basis. Anthony is the actor in the Weetabix horse-racing advertisement on television!. Another accomplished actor Michael O' Hagan who has appeared in such films and soap operas as Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Coronation Street and the Darling Buds of May, will play Theo's sidekick Peader while Leslie McGuire who will be familiar from The Bill, will play Theo's lover Lily.

Dermot Murphy will play the handsome, limping Junior while Pagan McGrath is Emer, a wounded waif of a girl who is searching for her father. The lighting design is by the award-winning Paul Keogan. 'Lay Me Down Softly' takes the audience into the shadowy, forgotten world of Delaney's travelling road show and its boxing booth to witness a mythic tale of love, loss and pain.

The play will run nightly at the Arts Centre from Monday, October 12 to Saturday, 23 at 8 p.m. with two preview shows on October 12 and 13 and additional matinee performances on Saturday 16, Wednesday 20 and Saturday 23 at 2 p.m.

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