Welcome to Rough Magic 2018!

Last year was phenomenally busy and productive, with five shows that included the world premiere of Melt by Shane mac An Bhaird and two Irish premiers at Project Arts Centre.

Our smash hit production of The Train saw Rough Magic make a joyous return to the Abbey Theatre and repeated its success with a long-awaited run at the Mac in Belfast. All the while Sonya Kelly was keeping the citizens of New Zealand moved and enthralled with our award-winning production of How to Keep An Alien . The year’s activities culminated in our SEEEDS showcase- a sensational production of Anne Washburn’s Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play that left us beaming with pride and itching for 2018.

This year will be even more exciting and we look forward to announcing a sensational new development in how we make work, and bring it to the nation. Watch this space!


We’d like to thank all the people who came to see our shows in 2017, and a special thanks to all those artists, makers, and technicians who helped us create a year of extraordinary theatre;

Nick Anton, Sarah Bacon, Clare Barrett, Lisa Marie Barry, Fiona Bell, Zia Bergin-Holly, Shane Mac an Bhaird, Stuart Bradfield, Jane Brennan, Mary Anne Butler, Jack Cawley, Denis Clohessy, Lee Coffey, Amy Conroy, Jordan Coombes, Peter Corboy, John Cronin, Siobhán Cullen, Suzie Cummins, Paul Curley, Jeda de Brí, Sinéad Diskin, Aoife Eustace Doyle, Shaun Dunne, Dylan Farrell, Nora Fisher, Fionn Foley, Robert Furey, Donal Gallery, Danielle Galligan, John Galvin, Sara Gannon, Ross Gaynor, Adam Gibney, Shane Gill, Kate Gilmore, John Gunning, David Herlihy, Dara Hoban, Ger Holland, Genevieve Hulme-Beamon, Ciara Ivie, Martine Kavanagh, Ros Kavanagh, Sonya Kelly, Darragh Kelly, Carl Kennedy, Claudia Kinahan, Lisa Lambe, Lauren Larkin, Ronan Leahy, Donna Leonard, Roxanna Nic Liam, Louis Lovett, Charlie Maher, Lisa Mahony, Ciara Manning, Nessa Matthews, Karlotta Matthies, Katie McCann, Karen McCartney, Ursala McGinn, Evie McGuinness, Christine Monk, Clare Monnelly, Janet Moran, Gina Moxley, Ste Murray, Alexis Nealon, Molly O'Cathain, Joan O'Clery, Ciaran O'Grady, Rebecca O'Mara, Jaime O'Neill, Tory O'Neill, Claire O'Reilly, Conor O'Riordan, Ronan Phelan, Guy Rickarby, Arthur Riordan
Judith Roddy, Owen Roe, Tomak Rola, Cate Russell, Seamus Ryan
Conor Sheil, Sarah Jane Shiels, Andrew Synnott, Cathal Synnott
Sophie Jo Wasson, Bill Whelan, Ali White, Maureen White, Caroline Williams and Tiina Ylönen

2018 promises more of the same, so keep an eye on the site as we complete its redesign and keep you updated on all things Rough Magic.

Latest News

SEEDS programme receives Irish Times Theatre Awards nomination

We are delighted to announce that SEEDS, our pioneering artists development programme, has been nominated for the Judges’ Special Award by the Irish Times Theatre Awards, 2017! The awards take place on Sunday the 25th of February.

Rough Magic is delighted to introduce our new SEEDS

After the phenomenal success of Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play, we are delighted to welcome our next batch of SEEDS into the fold.

The response to our call for applicants was unprecedented, with more applicants than ever before, ensuring that the job of selecting the five participants was as difficult as it’s ever been.

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