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ROUGHLY SPEAKING | Project Arts Centre | Dublin
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Rough Magic present a series of talks to accompany Digging for Fire at Project Arts CentreROUGHLY SPEAKING

Various times
Various dates
Space Upstairs

Rough Magic 

Admission Free
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Rough Magic are also presenting Roughly Speaking – a series of FREE talks and readings to stimulate debate and engage with themes of Digging for Fire.

Saturday 20 April  6:00 – 7:00
Near Wild Heaven  - The Music Scene 1991 – 2013
Paul Brady, Jim Carroll and Dave Fanning

“They have a summer of love to look back on; all we’ve got is a well-spring of cynicism."
Danny, Act II

Dig for Fire – The Pixies, Near Wild Heaven – R.E.M and True Faith – New Order are just few of the songs that surface in Digging for Fire. They are points of common reference for the seven characters of the play and they form part of the soundtrack to their lives.

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

Wednesday 24 April 6:30 – 7:30
Beauty, Beauty Everywhere, and Plenty More to Drink – The Heyday of the Irish Advertising Industry
Catherine Donnelly and John Fanning

"You can have whatever you want, if you can pay for it. Ireland as folksy little village or as 51st state in terminal stages of urban breakdown – all it is, is Goods and Services."
Steve, Act II

Irish advertising, a world leader in the 80s and 90s, produced many iconic images, musical motifs and catchphrases. Stylish ads influenced our perception of Ireland and the world, and the global perception of us. 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 hedyday of Irish advertising.

Saturday 27 April 6:00 – 7:00
A Great Little Country – Economic and Social History 1991 – 2013

Catríona Crowe, Diarmuid Ferrriter, Roy Foster and Niamh Hardiman

"...maybe it’s that you can’t roll out the old socialist shibboleths any more, maybe it’s that you still aren’t earning any real money ..."
Breda, Act IV

Set against the political, economic and social backdrop of 1991 – Fianna Fáil had regained power and a woman was elected president for the first time – the protagonists in Digging for Fire grapple with questions of national identity and of shaping a future for and in Ireland. 

Cultural commentator and Head of Special Projects of the National Archives of Ireland Catríona Crowe, Professor of  Modern Irish History at UCD and author Diarmuid 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.

Wednesday 1 May  6:30 – 7:30
Embracing the Chaos  -  RTÉ and the Cultural Perspective

Myles Dungan, Anne Enright, Áine Lawlor and Charlie McCarthy

"...maybe you don’t want to work in RTÉ, God knows the pace is too hectic for most people..."
Breda, Act II

Before blogs and social networking sites, radio and television were the key tools for spreading information, fostering debate and influencing public opinion. RTÉ programmes such as Nighthawks and Scrap Saturday are still remembered as providing much needed satirical commentary during those years. 

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.

Saturday 4 May 6:00 – 7:00
Generation Emigration

Siobhán Bourke, Shaun Dunne, Declan Hughes, Ciara Kenny and Ann Marie Hourihane

"The big deal, the big deal is, that there is as much here as here is ... and I don’t believe the here you’re describing exists here. To me, here is more like ... there".
Danny, Act II

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
Saturday 27 April - 12pm

A rehearsed reading of The Lament for Arthur Cleary by Dermot Bolger.

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.  

Saturday 4 May – 12pm
A rehearsed reading of Shiver by Declan Hughes.
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.

To book your place at this event call box-office on 01 8819 613 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Admission is free and places will be issued on a first come first served basis.

Digging for Fire runs at Project Arts Centre from 18 April - 4 May 2013. Find out more here.



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