Billy Roche: Stasis, rootlessness and place in Lay Me Down Softly

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Billy Roche’s literary and dramatic work is widely acclaimed and his contribution to theatre practice and dramatic literature in particular is recognised by audiences, critics, theatre practitioners, writers and academics nationally and internationally. This lecture examined Roche’s exploration of place and space in his dramatic works and took Lay Me Down Softly (2008) as a core text in that examination. The lecture considered how, despite being often situated in the tight embrace of Wexford town and synonymous with it, Roche’s drama explores the often complex psychological and emotional terrain of claustrophobia, violence, hope and desire.
Period22 Mar 2018
Held atWexford Library Service, Wexford County Council, Ireland
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • Billy Roche
  • Wexford
  • Theatre
  • Ireland
  • theater