Lay Me Down Softly
By (author) Billy Roche
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Lay Me Down Softly by Billy Roche
Book DescriptionSet in rural Ireland of the early 60s, Billy Roche's new play takes us into the burlesque world of Delaney's Travelling Roadshow and in particular its boxing hall where prizefighter Dean takes on all comers on a nightly basis. That is, until a challenge from a professional fighter upsets the apple-cart. Taking us back to a forgotten world that is nonetheless brimming with familiar passions and human foibles, "Lay Me Down Softly" is a rich slice of vintage Roche, following on from his acclaimed "Wexford Trilogy" and other much-loved tales of small-town Ireland.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781848420304
(198mm x 129mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Publish Date: 13-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Billy Roche
Handful of Stars, Paperback (May 2014)
A gripping, unrelenting but warm-spirited glimpse of life in a small southern Irish town. Winner of the John Whiting Award and the Plays and Players Award for Best New Play.
On Such as We, Paperback (November 2001)
Oweney's barber shop and the rooms above it offer refuge to a host of lonely hearts: a recently laid-off hotel night porter, an angry young artist, an orphan girl and the beautiful Maeve. All of them in their way fall under Oweney's loving spell.
Cavalcaders, Paperback (February 2001)
Two tragi-comedies set in Roche's southern Irish home town of Wexford. "The Cavalcaders" follows the life of a smalltown shoemaker who amuses himself singing with a barbershop quartet. In "Amphibians", a young boy spends a night alone on an island as a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood.
Wexford Trilogy, Paperback (November 2000)» View all books by Billy Roche
This text comprises of three plays that tell of life in small-town southern Ireland. Set variously in a betting shop, a snooker club and the local church, each play introduces a new group of true-to-life characters who present a spectrum of vulnerability, posturing and ambition.
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Author Biography - Billy Roche
BILLY ROCHE was born and still lives in Wexford in southern Ireland, where almost all his plays are set and which gave its name to his first work, The Wexford Trilogy, which was filmed for television after its success on stage. Other work includes the stage plays, Amphibians for the RSC, The Cavalcaders seen at the Royal Court as well as the Abbey, On Such As We also for the Abbey, the novel Tumbling Down and the screenplay for Trojan Eddie starring Stephen Rea.
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