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ROUGHLY SPEAKING: A Public Conversation

"Digging for Fire" was a major hit when first produced by Rough Magic in 1991. Through a series of talks and play readings, we look at Ireland then and now, and how 22 years on, reality has measured up to the aspiration of that time.
We have an exciting line up of writers, musicians, cultural and political commentators, historians and economists. All events are FREE but ticketed -  early booking is advised. To book your place for any of these events, call the Project Arts Centre box office on 01 8819 613 or email


Near Wild Heaven: The Music Scene 1991 - 2013
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
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 and Artistic Director of the Dublin Theatre Festival Willie White 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.
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.
To book your place for any of these events, please call the Project Arts Centre box office on 01 8819 613 or email Admission is free and places will be issued on a first come first served basis.


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