Set 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.
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.