Roll up, roll up and enter the shady world of Delaney’s Travelling Roadshow.
Step inside the boxing ring - smell it, sense it, feel it and somewhere between the fights and the fortune tellers, the bookies and the bloodshed rub shoulders with its wayward wards.
Set in rural Ireland in the early 60s Lay Me Down Softly is a dangerous story told with a darkly comic wit. A mythic tale of love, loss and pain that proves that life on the road is tough.
When young runaway Emer arrives in search of her long lost father and a challenge from a professional boxer is thrown in to the ring everything in this run down side show is about to change forever.
First seen in the Abbey Peacock Theatre in 2008 this brand new production of the stage play Lay Me Down Softly had a sell out successful run at the Wexford Art Centre during Wexford Opera Festival in October 2010 and this tour is kindly supported by Arts Council.
"Mr. Roche is a gifted storyteller, ... a writer often grouped with Conor McPherson and Martin McDonagh among Ireland's top playwrights...The strength of Mr. Roche's writing is in his poetic use of detail to evoke the joy of a bygone time and the disillusion that inevitably follows." (New York Times)
"Of epic significance..." (The Irish Times)