08 March - 02 April 2011


Tickets: 22


‘It’s a long time since I’ve got that much joy out of ensemble playing in the theatre’

‘…a joy to watch them’

‘A quiet little gem’

‘The performances were just superb’               

‘Beautifully constructed and written piece, beautifully delivered’

RTE’s The View

Roll up, roll up and enter the shady world of Delaney’s Travelling Roadshow.


Step inside the boxing ring – smell it, sense it, feel it and somewhere between the fights and the fortune tellers, the bookies and the bloodshed rub shoulders with its wayward wards.

Set in rural Ireland in the early 60s Lay Me Down Softly is a dangerous story told with a darkly comic wit. A mythic tale of love, loss and pain that proves that life on the road is tough.

When young runaway Emer arrives in search of her long lost father and a challenge from a professional boxer is thrown in to the ring everything in this run down side show is about to change forever.

First seen in Abbey in 2008 this brand new production is written and directed by leading Irish playwright Billy Roche (Wexford Trilogy, Amphibians, The Cavalcaders , On such as We and screenplays Trojan Eddie starring Richard Harris and Stephen Rae and The Eclipse with Conor McPherson, winner of Ifta for best film and screenplay 2010)

Suitable ages 14+, contains strong language and some scenes of a violent nature

Performance Dates, Tickets and Information

8.00PM, 10 MAR – 2 APR 2011~ Tickets €22/15 (CONC)

Preview: 8 & 9 MAR 2011, €15

Matinée: 12, 19, MAR & 2 APR 2011, €20/15 (CONC), 3.00PM

Duration – 120 mins (with interval)

*Concession tickets are available, with valid identification, to Students, Senior Citizens, Equity Members and the Unwaged.

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BOOKING: (+353 1) 881 9613


Group discounts available in advance only, ask to speak to Melanie or email melanie@projectartscentre.ie (Mon-Fri during office hours) Seating

Our seating is unreserved so you will choose your seat on the night of the performance. We advise you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time as we are unable to seat patrons once a performance has begun.

Before the show, why not…?

…have a look around our gallery. During exhibitions our gallery is open Mon-Sat from 11AM until the performance begins…. …or catch up with your friends by having a drink in our bar. We offer a full bar service so if you just can’t wait to talk about the show join us afterwards for another. Parking Offer

Present your Project Art Centre ticket (evening performances only) at the Fleet Street Car Park and you will qualify for a special fixed price of just €5. Ask at box office for more information. Hungry?

Want to grab a bite to eat before the show? Why not pop down to Milano Restaurant in Temple Bar and pick their pre-theatre menu – Pizza, Pasta or Salad plus and a glass of wine – for just €12.50. Available from 5pm -7pm, just show your tickets or email booking confirmation to avail of this offer.

And if you’re in a rush remember that Milano also delivers to Project Arts Centre. Choose from a range of delicious made to order pizzas delivered to you in our bar. No queues and no need to even leave the building. Ask a member of our bar staff for more information.milano


Written & Directed by Billy Roche

Cast: Billy Roche, Michael O’Hagan, Pagan McGrath, Leslie McGuire, Anthony Morris, Dermot Murphy

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