When the house you’re building is falling down around your ears, when all you’ve worked for is taken away, what will run out first – your money or your wife?
‘Arthur’s Dig’ is a 21st century drama, exploring the blurred lines that define what it is to be a man in contemporary Ireland. Written by Mark Wale (Bad Sunday), performed by Declan Mills as Arthur (The Monuments Men), directed by Tara Derrington (You Are Here), the drama is one man’s epic struggle to bulldoze through the crash and build his own future.
The construction industry is in crisis. Sacked from his job, Arthur punches his brother-in-law boss, Bill. The fallout from the punch is devastating for Arthur and his wife, Jenny. As they struggle to recover by building a house on their own land, the mounting pressure fractures their relationship. When Jenny discovers she’s pregnant, Arthur’s obsession with bricks and mortar polarises them even further, forcing Jenny into the arms of the enemy. Is Arthur ready to take full responsibility for his choices?
‘Arthur’s Dig’ features a virtuoso solo performance in the style of Tom Crean that ranges from city to country, from despair to hope, filling the stage with colourful characters guaranteed to win the hearts of men’s groups, self-builders and everyone who has dreamed of creating their own home.
One not to be missed, ‘Arthur’s Dig’ runs at the Town Hall Theatre for one night only on Thursday 11 June. Doors are at 8pm. Tickets are €15 and can be purchased from www.tht.ie or the Town Hall Theatre Box Office.