‘The Rover’ or ‘The Banish’d Cavaliers’ is a popular Restoration Comedy written by the English author Aphra Behn and premiered in London in 1677. It is a revision of Thomas Killigrew’s play ‘Thomaso’, or ‘The Wanderer’, dealing with the amorous adventures of a group of Englishmen and women in Naples at carnival time.
Sisters Hellena and Florinda’s fates have been decided for them by the men in their life, mainly their brother and father. Hellena is to enter the convent after carnival has ended. Florinda’s father wants her to marry elderly Don Vincentio and her brother, Don Pedro, wants her to marry Don Antonio. However, she has feelings for Belville, an English colonel. The women, not approving of these plans, dress up for carnival in an attempt to avoid their chosen fates – and the multiple plot lines begin…
Presented By: Liberties College Bull Alley
Duration: 120 mins. One Interval
Age Suitability: 12+. Contains sexual references.
Supported by City of Dublin ETB