The Rover

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Written by Aphra Behn

Directed by Cal Duggan

 

A group of young English men arrive in Naples at carnival time. Three days with beautiful Italian and Spanish women – all in fancy dress – means fun, mistaken identities, flirting, trickery and even a couple of marriages. Sound like last summer? Well, actually this play was written in 1677 – nothing is new, is it?

It is carnival time in Naples in the 1650s. The king’s supporters during the English Civil War have lost everything and gone into exile with their prince. Now mercenary soldiers and sailors, they have nothing to lose, and so devote themselves to wine, women and song. The Spanish colonizers are in the ascendency and their women must be kept chaste and marriageable at all costs but the English have other ideas. Into this, mix Italian prostitutes and pimps, fancy dress, mistaken identities, impersonation, street fights and plenty of drinking, and you’d think you were partying in a modern-day Mediterranean holiday resort.

 

Aphra Behn – Writer

She was the first woman to make her living through her writing. She wrote many popular and successful plays, The Rover (1677) being her most enduring. It was reprised annually for almost 100 years after her death. She wrote also poetry and is nowadays most famous for her novel, Orinooko.

 

Cal Duggan – Director

A former lecturer in the English Department, UCC, Cal Duggan has directed over 50 productions in the Cork area. For the Granary Theatre: We Shall Sing for the Fatherland (2005); The Yellow Wallpaper (2004) which went on to tour to Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin and in County Cork and Kerry. For Cork Arts Theatre, Holding It Together (2013), which was later filmed and won Best Irish Short at the Dublin International Short Film Festival, and Tomato Icecream (2014). Commissioned by Kinsale Arts Festival: Dinner at Larry’s (2010), The Picture of Dorian Grey (2012). Both plays adapted from novels by the director. Most recent community productions: ‘Art’ by Yasmena Reza (2014), Twelfth Night (2013).

Performed by DTS 2nd year DR 2023 Students and supported by DTS 3rd Year DR 3009 Students.

Tickets: €10/5