A bittersweet new play by Billy Roche (The Wexford Trilogy and The Cavalcaders) set in a provincial library on the cusp of its transfer to new premises.
A Love Like That tells the story of Ellen, a senior librarian coping with the advice and warnings of an ambitious younger colleague. Together they bear the upset suffered by the library staff and their loyal readers – in particular John-Joe, a down-at-heel homeless man and Aidan, a sensible widower – at the impending move.
In a time of disruption, Ellen finds escape by reuniting with her old flame Lance, a charming wanderer who has returned home from his travels.
Ellen – Lesley McGuire
Lance – Geoff Minogue
Aidan – Peter Gowen
John-Joe – Lalor Roddy
Debbie – Jane McGrath
This production was funded by the Arts Council.
Presented by The Civic Theatre in association with Dublin Theatre Festival 2019.
“Bittersweet, evocative drama'”
“Lalor Roddy’s homeless John-Joe delivers a paragon of soft spoken wisdom, with Peter Gowen’s bookish Aidan, a man with hidden depths, being superbly realised in Gowen’s wonderfully nuanced performance.”
The Arts Review