Digging For Fire
“A funny, revealing and important work…go see it. Tomorrow” - Irish Independent
“Funny and fierce...compulsive viewing” - Daily Telegraph [UK]
Rough Magic Theatre Company presents Digging For Fire by award-winning writer Declan Hughes. Directed by Rough Magic Associate Director Matt Torney, Digging for Fire is a bleakly optimistic comedy about love, friendship and growing up. The production opens later this spring at Project Arts Centre, Dublin on April 22nd running until May 4th 2013.
Hailed by the critics as “wickedly funny, stylish, clever and relevant”, Digging for Fire explores the dreams and ambitions of seven college friends on the brink of turning 30. Set in 1991, the play takes place over the course of a night as they meet for a reunion and to talk about old times. But nostalgia is gradually eroded as the drink loosens tongues and the true events of the past emerge with savage and humorous consequences.
An original Rough Magic commission, Digging for Fire was instantly a major hit when it first opened at Project Arts Centre in 1991. The show then toured to Cork and Belfast before transferring to the Bush Theatre, London, where it won a coveted Time Out Award.
Digging for Fire identifies a point in history when Ireland had everything to play for and a new identity to forge. In it Hughes brilliantly captures the mood of a generation on the cusp of the Celtic Tiger. With this new production, 22 years after the play was first staged, Rough Magic looks at how reality has measured up to the aspiration of that time. In its themes of emigration and social and political struggle, there is much in the play that echoes the country today and to which a younger audience can easily relate.
With a cast which includes The Wind That Shakes the Barley actress Orla Fitzgerald and some of Ireland’s best young emerging acting talents - John Cronin, Will Irvine, Paul Mallon, Mags McAuliffe, Jody O’Neill and Raymond Scannell. Rough Magic Associate Director Matt Torney directs this engaging piece of theatre, which runs at Project Arts Centre from 22 April to 4 May.
About: Declan Hughes
Declan is an award-winning playwright and novelist, and the co-founder of Rough Magic Theatre Company. His plays include I Can't Get Started, Digging for Fire, New Morning, Twenty Grand, Shiver and The Last Summer. He is also the author of five novels: The Wrong Kind of Blood, The Colour of Blood, The Dying (US: The Price of Blood), All The Dead Voices and City of Lost Girls. His books have been nominated for the Edgar, CWA New Blood Dagger, Shamus, Theakstons and Macavity Awards, and The Wrong Kind of Blood won the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel, and in France, the Le Point Magazine Award for Best European Crime Novel.
About: Rough Magic
Rough Magic Theatre Company was founded in 1984 and has established itself as one of the leading theatre companies in Ireland. Rough Magic’s policy has three strands: commissioning new Irish work from both leading and emerging playwrights, producing the best of contemporary international writing and presenting innovative productions from the classical repertoire. Rough Magic’s broad spectrum of work includes over 50 Irish premieres and the professional debuts of many Irish theatre-makers. Productions have garnered many awards, both at home and abroad.
In addition, Rough Magic is highly active in the development of new theatre artists. Its pioneering seeds programme, now in its twelfth year, is the benchmark for professional development in Irish theatre and remains the only one of its kind. In 2011, the company launched a parallel programme for established artists, advance, and have recently announced the participants in its second phase. Rough Magic is also an enabler for the work of many individual artists and emerging companies through its Production Support programme, which provides participants with a range of practical assistance, mentoring and resource-sharing opportunities.
Roughly Speaking: A Public Conversation
Rough Magic will present a series of talks and discussions to address the themes and issues of “Digging for Fire”. All events are free but ticketed.
(note: there will be additional speakers, those listed are confirmed as of 12 March 2013).
1. Near Wild Heaven - The Music Scene 1991 - 2013
Saturday 20 April 6:00 – 7:00pm
With: Paul Brady, Dave Fanning
2. Beauty, Beauty Everywhere, and Plenty More to Drink – The Heyday of the Irish Advertising Industry
Wednesday 24 April 6:30 – 7:30pm
With: Catherine Donnelly, John Fanning
3. A Great Little Country – Economic and Social History 1991 - 2013
Saturday 27 April 6:00 – 7:00pm
With: Catriona Crowe, Diarmuid Ferriter, Roy Foster, Niamh Hardiman
4. Embracing the Chaos - RTÉ and the Cultural Perspective
Wednesday 1 May 6:30pm – 7:30pm
With: Myles Dungan, Anne Enright, Áine Lawlor
5. Generation Emigration
Saturday 4 May 6:00pm – 7:00pm
With: Shaun Dunne, Declan Hughes, Ciara Kenny, Ann Marie Hourihane
See www.roughmagic.ie for more information
Previews Thursday 18 - Saturday 20 April | 8.00pm | €15
Opens Monday 22 April – Saturday 4 May | 8.00pm | €20 - €25
Matinees Saturday 27 April & Saturday 4 May | 3.00pm | €18
Under 30s Tickets: €10 tickets available - limited to 20 per show (proof of age required)