Thursday 14 April, Galway: Druid today announced the 10 venues for their summer tour of Billy Roche’s The Cavalcaders. After opening in The Mick Lally Theatre, their home in Galway, Druid will take this 1993 classic play to Sligo, Longford, Roscommon, Limerick, Kerry, Wexford, Waterford, Tipperary and Dublin.
The Cavalcaders is a comic and tender portrait of life in small-town, pre-Celtic Tiger Ireland and the men who lived there. Terry and his friends Josie, Rory and Ted spend their days as cobblers and their nights as The Cavalcaders, a barbershop quartet of local renown. But life has taken its toll on Terry and past betrayals cast long shadows.
Billy Roche’s classic memory play takes you on a journey back in time to the 1990s, to heartache, companionship and the redemptive power of song. Druid Ensemble member Aaron Monaghan directs an all-singing cast led by fellow Ensemble member Garrett Lombard, which also includes Amelia Crowley, Naoise Dunbar, Sean Kearns, Éilish McLaughlin and Tiernan Messitt-Greene.
Billy Roche, Writer of The Cavalcaders: ‘I’m delighted that Druid have mounted a production of my play The Cavalcaders, and that their nationwide tour will weave its way to my home town of Wexford. To get to work with a powerful company like Druid is exciting to say the least, and it is all the more fitting somehow since it was Garry Hynes who commissioned the play for the Abbey Theatre in the first place, way back in 1991.’
Aaron Monaghan, Director of The Cavalcaders: ‘Billy Roche’s work has been a constant inspiration to me throughout my career, and has had a profound effect on the Irish theatre landscape. I’m beyond thrilled to be taking on this beautiful play, directing for the first time for a company I love dearly, with an astonishingly gifted cast and crew.’
Garry Hynes, Druid’s Artistic Director: ‘Billy’s play is a tender portrait of Irish society on the precipice of great change. I’m excited to see how our new production will take shape with two of my long-time colleagues and friends in the company: Druid Ensemble member Aaron Monaghan directing and fellow Ensemble member Garrett Lombard in the lead role.’
The Cavalcaders was commissioned for the Abbey Theatre in 1991 by Garry Hynes during her tenure as Artistic Director of the theatre. The world premiere of The Cavalcaders was produced on the Peacock stage of the Abbey Theatre in July 1993.
The Cavalcaders Cast
Breda – Amelia Crowley
Rory - Naoise Dunbar
Josie - Sean Kearns
Terry - Garrett Lombard
Nuala - Éilish McLaughlin
Ted - Tiernan Messitt-Greene
The Cavalcaders Creative Team
Writer - Billy Roche
Director - Aaron Monaghan
Set and Lighting Design - Ciarán Bagnall
Sound Design and Composition - Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
Costume Design - Clíodhna Hallissey
Musical Director - Morgan Cooke