If you like the Irish tradition exemplified by J.M. Synge, Tom Murphy or Conor Mc Pherson, then you’re sure to enjoy Billy Roche’s wonderful play The Cavalcaders which come to An Grianán Theatre this Saturday.
Set in a small town cobbler’s shop, the plays follows four shoemakers as they make the mundane marvellous, transforming themselves nightly into The Cavalcaders, a singing quartet that prides itself on harmony, comic patter and romantic sentiment. The Cavalcaders is a wistful memory play, blending music and comedy with a brutally honest depiction of emotional warfare and personal betrayal, as we witness the group, and particularly its leader Terry, disintegrate before our very eyes.
Terry is a man who, surrounded by love and friendship, is haunted by the woman who previously betrayed him and feels unworthy of the love and affection that is heaped all around him. Rejecting it, he propels himself into a cruel and tragic affair with a vulnerable young woman who adores him. Relief comes for him in the form of The Cavalcaders as they meet to rehearse at night in the little shoemakers’ shop. Hidden behind the harmony, though, lies discord, as treachery, betrayal, guilt and sin lurk in the shadowy corners of their lives.
With live music and a beautiful score, the play is both moving and entertaining, as Billy Roche examines how men relate to men and to women.
The Cavalcaders is directed by Andrew Flynn and stars Garrett Keogh, Liam Heffernan, Robert Bannon, Dermot Murphy, Marion O’Dwyer and Jane McGrath. It is produced by the Nomad Theatre Network in association with Decadent Theatre Company.
For further information or to book, call the box office on 074 912 0777 or visit www.angrianan.com.