06-06 June 2009


Tickets: 12

What happens when a man comes face-to-face with his own inevitable shortcomings?  Two novels by two Booker-nominated authors explore the fallout from failed ambition.

M.J. Hyland’s multi-prize-winning second novel Carry Me Down was a runaway success, with its pitch perfect dissection of family friction and clumsy adolescence. Her follow-up This Is How is a powerful and moving story of one man’s determination to make a new start. Yet just as he yearns for a better life and human connection, the world conspires against him until one day he snaps…

Steve Toltz’s Booker-longlisted debut A Fraction of the Whole is a coruscating comic novel of failed connections and the absurd inevitability of disaster. From his prison cell Jasper Dean recounts the shortfalls of his father’s schemes, his uncle’s treachery  and how together they upset an entire continent. The result is a rollercoaster ride from obscurity to infamy and back again.

M.J. Hyland was born in London to Irish parents. Brought up in Dublin, she moved to Melbourne to study law and English. This Is How is her third novel. Steve Toltz was born in Sydney. He has lived in Montréal, Vancouver, Barcelona and Paris. A Fraction of the Whole is his first novel.

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Performance Dates, Tickets and Information

6 JUNE ~ Tickets

Prices €12 & €10 (conc)

*Concession tickets are available, with valid identification, to Students, Senior Citizens, Equity Members and the Unwaged.


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Group discounts available in advance only, ask to speak to Melanie or email melanie@projectartscentre.ie (Mon-Fri during office hours) Seating

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. Parking Offer

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.

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