Acclaimed play to open at Roscommon Arts Centre

Acclaimed theatre company Livin’ Dred, in association with Townhall Cavan and Ramor Theatre, will stage their newest production, ‘Danti Dan’, at Roscommon Arts Centre on Friday, January 27th as part of a nationwide tour.

  This hilarious and energetic play was written by renowned author Gina Moxley, is directed by Cavan man Aaron Monaghan, and features a stellar young cast.

  The play is set in ‘the middle of nowhere’ somewhere outside Cork City in the summer of 1970, where a motley gang hang out on a stretch of road. 

  Dan is a busy 14-year-old cowboy, innocent Dolores and wily Cactus’ hormones are raging, Noel is pinning his hopes and his ticket out of town on his racing dog Naked Lady, while Ber is hoping you can’t get pregnant if you were standing up…by the end of the summer, their lives will have changed forever. 

  Speaking to Roscommon People this week,  

Livin’ Dred’s multi-award-winning Artistic Director Aaron Monaghan (The Banshees of Inisherin, Assassins Creed, The Foreigner, Hidden Assets, Love/Hate) said he was “excited beyond words” ahead of the tour.

  “We originally performed this play in 2021 in Cavan and at the Pavilion, just as venues were opening up following Covid-19,” he said.

  “It was very well received and the atmosphere at those venues was electric. It did really well and we wanted to bring it to more people”.

  Livin’ Dred are proud to be partnering with “great friends” NOMAD Theatre Network and Aaron says they are also deeply grateful to Ramor Theatre and Townhall Cavan.

  “We’re especially proud that we’ve managed to bring the best of Irish talent together for this show: from Cavan, Cork and further afield. The cast is outstanding, the entire team is stellar, so I’m truly humbled to be part of a play that I know audiences are going to just eat up,” he added. 

  Gina Moxley’s Danti-Dan is the shamelessly funny tale of the sexual awakening of five innocent youngsters in a dead-end small town. First produced by Rough Magic in 1995 and nominated for the Stewart Parker Trust Award, it is a play about hormones bursting into bloom, sentimental nostalgia, and brash young cynicism. 

  The stellar young cast features top class graduates of Ireland’s leading acting schools, including: Venetia Bowe (who appeared in the latest series of Cold Courage); Eoghan Collins (Valhalla); Meadhbh Maxwell (Normal People and Finding Joy); Chloe O’Reilly (The Young Offenders); and David Rawle (star of the hit TV series Moone Boy and Star of the Sea).

  Tickets (€18/€16) for Danti Dan at 8 pm on January 27th at Roscommon Arts Centre are now available from the booking office at www.roscommonartscentre.ie by calling 090-6625824 or emailing artscentre@roscommoncoco.ie.