Tuesday 17 September 2019

New Billy Roche play for preview in Dun Mhuire

Maria Pepper

Decadent Theatre Company is in rehearsal for the premiere of a new play by the Wexford author Billy Roche called 'A Love Like That' which will be previewed in Dún Mhuire Theatre ahead of a run in the Civic Theatre in Tallaght as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

The Dún Mhuire shows will be presented on Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. while the Civic Theatre run is from October 1 to 3 and October 5 at 8 p.m. and October 4 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

'A Love Like That' is a bittersweet play set in a provincial library on the cusp of its transfer to a new premises. It tells the story of Ellen, a senior librarian coping with the advice and warnings of an ambitious younger colleague.

Together they bear the upset suffered by the library staff and their loyal readers about the impending move, especially John-Joe, a down-at-heel homeless man and Aidan, a sensible widower.

In a time of disruption, Ellen finds escape by reuniting with her old flame Lance, a charming wanderer who has returned home from his travels.

The cast includes Lesley McGuire as Ellen, Geoff Minogue as Lance, Peter Gowen as Aidan, Lalor Roddy as John-Joe and Jane McGrath as Debbie.

Wexfordman Roche began writing in the 1980's with his 1986 debut novel 'Tumbling Down' followed by three plays - a Handful of Stars, Poor Beast in the Rain and Belfry (The Wexford Trilogy) and later Amphibians and The Cavalcaders

His work is notable for its sympathetic, humorous, yet critical portrayal of a community that is both nourishing and stultifying and of the individuals whose lives are both positively and negatively shaped by these ambivalent roots.

Roche's plays have been produced by the major theatres in Ireland and the UK including the Abbey, Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Commpany, the Bush Theatre and the BBC.

The new production is funded by the Arts Council and presented by Decadent Theatre, a touring company based in Galway under artistic director Andrew Flynn, in association with The Civic and Dublin Theatre Festival.

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