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DIT Conservatory Presents ‘The Rover’ by Aphra Behn

Posted: 16 February, 2017

‘The Rover’ starts on International Women’s Day - celebrating female playwright Aphra Behn

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The DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama is delighted to present the BA Drama (Performance) graduate production of The Rover by Aphra Behn.  Full of the colour, dynamism and mischief of carnival, the production takes place  in the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College from the 8th – 11th March, 7.30pm, Matinee on Saturday 11 March, 2pm. Tickets €15 (€12 concession available online at

Appropriately previewing on International Women’s Day, 8 March (official opening Thursday 9 March) and reigniting the voice of female playwright Aphra Behn – poet, novelist and spy – who was not only one of the first professional female playwrights but also the most successful playwright of Restoration England, celebrating female desire with wit and bawdy humour and without apology.  

The Rover is set at carnival time in the Mediterranean. Three strong-willed Spanish women disguise themselves in search of desirable men. They happen upon three lusty English cavaliers. When a famous Italian courtesan arrives in town, female and male desires converge in an explosion of love, deception and intrigue.

Peter McDermott, play director and DIT lecturer says "It is absolutely essential that we revive Behn’s work, not just because she was a trailblazer but also to revel in her wry humour and unique insight into sexual mores. On top of all that, her celebration of the theatricality of carnival is entertainment of the highest order. Come, join the fun and discover the inimitable Aphra Behn!"

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All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.” (Virginia Woolf)

Aphra Behn “was the Restoration’s own combination of Dorothy Parker and Mae West.” (The Guardian)

The Rover by Aphra Behn

Wed 8 (preview), Thurs 9, Fri 10, Sat 11 March 2017, 7.30pm

Matinee Sat 11 March, 2pm

Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College

Tickets €15 / €12 from