The human male tends to bury his problems rather than deal with them. This play is about digging them up again.
The play, originally produced to great acclaim in 2006, focuses on two lifelong friends who find themselves one evening digging a grave for their friend and local character, 'Smokey'. The men dig and reminisce about Smokey and his involvement with the local GAA club and their two sons, one now dead, the other emigrated… Their perspective on the past is quite different as they dig up more than stones and clay. They are joined by young Terry McCann (Clint Eastwood on a tractor), a good friend of the two boys, but now Terry is on his own…... on his own in a graveyard with two angry men and the ghost of Smokey to haunt him.
'dig' is widely regarded as O'Rourke's best play. There is his usual wit and banter, but with a deep underlying quandary… Does a father's behaviour really affect his son's… or do sons just turn into their fathers…
Shortlisted for Warehouse Theatre, London International Playwriting award in 2008 and numerous Irish awards at the time, 'dig' has a cast of four including O'Rourke himself and will tour from mid-January until the end of April 2014