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Thursday 14 December 2017

'Lay Me Down Softly' will be a first for Ballycogley Players

By MARIA PEPPER

Squaring up: a scene from Ballycogley Players' 'Lay Me Down Softly'.
Squaring up: a scene from Ballycogley Players' 'Lay Me Down Softly'.

The first Irish amateur production of the well-travelled Billy Roche play 'Lay Me Down Softly' will be staged by Ballycogley Players on the opening night of Wexford Drama Festival on Thursday, March 2 at 8 p.m.

The play was originally performed professionally in Wexford Arts Centre in 2008 and later toured Ireland and the UK, also enjoying performances in ther USA.

This is the first time that it has been taken on by an amateur theatre group.

Set in small town Ireland in 1962, the play takes the audience back to the forgotten world of the travelling roadshow with a story of passion, drama, pain and humour.

'Lay Me Down Softly' features an intriguing cast of characters - volatile Theo, the owner of Delaney's Travelling Roadshow; his sidekick Peadar; his lover Lily; the self-confident boxer Dean and gentle Junior.

The arrival of Theo's estranged daughter Emer and a professional boxer set in train a sequence of events which have far-reaching consequences for everyone,

Ballycogley Players are taking the play on the amateur drama festival circuit with performances in Rush on February 24; Kilmuckridge on February 28; Roscommon on March 3; Holycross on March 20; Shercock on March 21 and New Ross on March 28.

Wexford People

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