A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare

2018

In partnership with Kilkenny Arts Festival. Rough Magic’s dynamic new ensemble of actors and designers will electrify Shakespeare’s iconic characters, incandescent language and timeless comedy.

The crazy recklessness of mankind in the face of an ecosystem we understand imperfectly is the focus of this new production; where magic is embodied in the natural forces of electricity, magnetism, and elemental power.

The play deals with the dark sexuality of dreams, the supernatural, the mythic. Rough Magic will connect it to the here and now, a modern Ireland in the centre of global upheaval, a topsy-turvy universe, where the laws of physics have begun to warp.

We will follow the lovers and the mechanicals as they journey into the dominion of the spirit world, and emerge from its narcotic delights into a glimmering of self-knowledge. And we celebrate with them, as night falls on their act of rebellion against the darkness, in a daft, joyous, gloriously funny piece of theatre.

Performing in the Kilkenny Castle yard from 9th to 18th August as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018.

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