Saturday 18 January 2020

New Roche play set for stage of Dún Mhuire

Billy Roche
Billy Roche

Maria Pepper

Excitement is building among theatre fans about the premiere of 'A Love Like That', a new play by the Wexford writer and musician Billy Roche, featuring a star-studded cast of actors.

The production by Decadent Theatre Company will be previewed in soon-to-close Dún Mhuire Theatre on this coming Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. each night, ahead of a run in the Civic Theatre in Tallaght.

The latest drama from the pen of the acclaimed Wexford playwright is a bitter sweet story set in a provincial library which is being relocated to a new premises and it centres on senior librarian Ellen who finds escape from the disruption by reuniting with her old flame Lance.

The cast includes Leslie McGuire (The Bill, Shameless) Geoff Minogue (Fair City/ Clean Break), Jane McGrath (Red Rock/ Moonstone), Lalor Roddy (Michael Inside/Hunger), Peter Gowan (Pillowman/ The Butcher Boy).

Leslie McGuire who plays the part of the loveless librarian, is no newcomer to Roche plays. 'I think it is safe to say that I literally plucked Leslie from the oblivion of unknown actress and threw her into the world of the Royal Shakespeare Company', said the playwright.

'I first saw her in a student summer play in Trinity College where she was studying drama and I loved her so much that I cast her in Poor Beast in the Rain at the now defunct Andrews Lane Theatre. And from that she was catapulted into my Amphibians at the Barbican. She has since played in a number of my plays including The Cavalcaders and Lay Me Down Softly. She's a gem', he said.

A Love Like That throws up a recurring Roche theme - the search for love, the longing for it, lack of it, the loss of it and living with and without it.

He said it is ironic that the play is previewing in Dun Mhuire Hall which like the fictional library is currently 'on its last legs'. Wexford County Council is in the process of buying the building for urban redevelopment as the parish of Wexford cannot afford to meet the cost of extensive repairs and mounting debts. 'A Love Like That' may well be remembered as one of the last dramas staged in the iconic South Main Street building.

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