O’Rourke returns to Backstage with Ride On!

Pa Ryan and Deirdre Monaghan in a scene from Ride On! Photo: Dessie Connors.

Pa Ryan and Deirdre Monaghan in a scene from Ride On! Photo: Dessie Connors.

Award winning Leitrim writer and actor, Seamus O’Rourke, is set to make a welcome return to the Backstage Theatre, Longford, with his latest production, ‘Ride On!’.

A Honda 50 bike-run forms the background for this new play. Five members of the Drumkarren Honda club sit waiting on a wet day in an old shed in Cavan, ready to embark on a Honda 50 bike ride for charity. The other twenty members are “stuck” in a pub in Killeshandra. Their host for the day is a local Cavan farmer, Victor Maguire, who eats grapefruit for breakfast and is perhaps not as harmless as they think.

A lot can happen in a shed in Cavan on a wet day with a few dodgy characters and a Honda called Hilda.

Ride On! is about rural communities, local newspapers, local radio, local gossip and the BOOM that is now a BUST.

After wowing audiences in Cavan and Leitrim in Autumn 2011, this funny and insightful play is set to come to the Backstage, led by the award winning Nomad Theatre Network in association with Livin’ Dred Theatre Company and directed by Padraic McIntyre.

Seamus O’Rourke stars in this production alongside a stalwart cast of John Olohan (The Clinic, Ballykissangel, The Tudors, Glenroe, Fr. Ted), Deirdre Monaghan (Fair City, Batchelors Walk, Whistleblower, The Clinic) Pa Ryan (Pure Mule, Trivia, The Whistleblower, Game of Thrones), Ian Lloyd Anderson (The Clinic, Raw, Love/Hate) and Clare Monnelly (Moone Boy for Sky 1).

There is a huge demand for tickets at Backstage Theatre where the show is now running for three nights, November 28, 30 and December 1st. Tickets available on 043-3347888 or from Farrell & Coy or www.backstage.ie


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