Theatre / 18 April - 02 May 2013


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Rough Magic

Rough Magic presents Digging for Fire by Declan Hughes.Spend an evening with some old friends…
Seven college friends on the brink of turning 30 get together for a reunion. But nostalgia is gradually eroded as the drink loosens tongues and the true events of the past emerge with savage and humorous consequences.
Hailed by the critics as “wickedly funny, stylish, clever and relevant”, Digging for Fire is a bleakly optimistic comedy about love, friendship and growing up.
This landmark 1991 play was a major hit when first produced by Rough Magic. In it, Hughes brilliantly captures the mood of a generation on the cusp of the Celtic Tiger. 22 years on, we look at how reality has measured up to the aspiration of that time.

This new production is directed by Rough Magic Associate Director Matt Torney.
“Absorbing.” **** Irish Times
“Hilarious, brutally honest and insightful.” ****

“An inspired production.” Irish Theatre Magazine

“Funny, frightening and refreshingly honest.” Sunday Independent

“Searingly relevant.” Sunday Business Post

“Intriguing and humorous.” The Herald

**** Irish Examiner

Find out more about Rough Magic here.

Under 30? Limited €10 tickets available from our box office when you show valid ID!

22 April – 4 May 2013 ~ Tickets €25 / €20

Previews 18 – 20 April 2013 ~ Tickets €15
Matinees 27 April & 04 May, 3pm, 2013 ~ Tickets €18
BOOKING: (+353 1) 881 9613

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Our seating is unreserved so you will choose your seat on the night of the performance. We advise you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time as we are unable to seat patrons once a performance has begun.
Before the show, why not…?
…have a look around our gallery. During exhibitions our gallery is open Mon-Sat from 11AM until the performance begins….
…or catch up with your friends by having a drink in our bar. We offer a full bar service so if you just can’t wait to talk about the show join us afterwards for another.
<STRONG>Parking Offer</STRONG><BR>Present your Project Art Centre ticket (evening performances only) at the Fleet Street Car Park and you will qualify for a special fixed price of just €5. Ask at box office for more information.<BR><BR><STRONG>PRODUCTION CREDITS<BR></STRONG><BR>Writer – Declan Hughes<BR>Director – Matt Torney<BR>Set &amp; Lighting Design – Ciaran Bagnall<BR>Costume Design – Niamh Lunny<BR>Assistant Director – Rosemary McKenna (SEEDS Programme)<BR><BR>Cast includes – John Cronin, Orla Fitzgerald, Will Irvine, Mags McAuliffe, Paul Mallon, Jody O’Neill and Raymond Scannell.<BR><BR><STRONG>ROUGHLY SPEAKING: A Public Conversation</STRONG><BR><BR><EM>Digging for Fire </EM>was a major hit when first produced by Rough Magic in 1991. Through a series of conversations, we look at Ireland then and now, and how 22 years on, reality has measured up to the aspiration of that time.<BR><BR>All events take place here at Project Arts Centre and are free but ticketed. For more information on any of the events below, just click on the links, or call our box office on (01) 881 9613!<BR><BR><STRONG><A href=”” target=_blank data-mce-href=””><EM>Near Wild Heaven: </EM>The Music Scene 1991 – 2013 </A></STRONG>(Saturday 20 April, 6pm – 7pm)

Music legend, singer song-writer Paul Brady, musician, composer and broadcaster Ellen Cranitch, music writer and blogger for the Irish Times Jim Carroll, pioneering music broadcaster Dave Fanning and composer Bill Whelan discuss the music scene from the 90s to today.

Beauty, Beauty Everywhere, and Plenty More to Drink: The Heyday of the Irish Advertising Industry (Wednesday 24 April, 6.30pm – 7.30pm)
Catherine Donnelly and John Fanning, two leading figures of the Irish advertising industry and dubbed the “Irish Mad Men” in a recent RTÉ documentary, take us through the heyday of Irish advertising.
A Great Little County: Economic and Social History 1991 – 2013 (Saturday 27 April, 6pm – 7pm)
Cultural commentator and Head of Special Projects of the National Archives of Ireland Catríona Crowe, Professor of  Modern Irish History at UCD and author Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Irish History at Oxford and author Roy Foster and Niamh Hardiman of the UCD School of Politics and International Relations will discuss the political and economic context of 1991 to the present.
Embracing the Chaos: RTÉ and the Cultural Perspective (Wednesday 1 May, 6.30pm – 7.30pm)

Broadcaster and arts commentator Myles Dungan, Booker Prize-winning author and former TV producer Anne Enright, broadcaster and Morning Ireland host Áine Lawlor and film director, producer and writer Charlie McCarthy will engage in a lively discussion on the role of RTÉ and other media then and now.

Generation Emigration
(Saturday 4 May, 6pm – 7pm)

Emigration, returning home and cultural identities are key themes running through Digging for Fire. Writer Declan Hughes and producer Siobhán Bourke , both co-founding members of Rough Magic, writer and performer Shaun Dunne, curator of the Irish Times’ Generation Emigration series Ciara Kenny and Irish Times columnist and author Ann Marie Hourihane discuss issues and implications of emigration from the 1990s to the present.PLAY READINGS
The Lament for Arthur Cleary by Dermot Bolger (Saturday 27 April: 12pm)


An examination of Ireland in the 1980s, the play is a love poem to the city of Dublin: its people, its streets, its housing estates, but above all, to its spirit.  First produced at the 1989 Dublin Theatre Festival.Shiver by Declan Hughes (Saturday 4 May: 12pm)
First produced by Rough Magic in 2003, Shiver follows the fortunes of two couples as they stride, stagger and stumble through life in Dublin at the start of the new millennium.

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