Stage writing debut for Joseph O'Connor with Red Roses and Petrol at the Project Theatre.

Writer Joseph O'Connor's first play 'Red Roses and Petrol' commissioned by the Pigsback Theatre Company was produced at the Project Theatre in May 1995. 

Colm Connolly meets the author for RTÉ News. 

Joseph O'Connor explains that the play is about a funeral, 

It's about a funeral really, the father of this family Enda Doyle has died. During the course of the play this family find out a lot of things about their father that they didn't know, and in the process of that a lot of things about each other.

The cast for the Pigsback Theatre Company production includes Deirdre O'Kane, Cathy Downes, Barry Barnes, Anne Kent, Paul Hickey, and John Kavanagh. The play is directed by Jim Culleton.

Although the play is about the impact a funeral has on a middle-class Dublin family and deals with important issues O'Connor hopes that it is also entertaining, 

I hope it's amusing. It's important to me. The play does have a serious purpose, I hope that it's entertaining and there are a good few laughs in it too.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 May 1995. The reporter is Colm Connolly.