A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

By Arthur Riordan | Based on the book by James Joyce


Rough Magic presents the world premiere of James Joyce’s seminal novel in Arthur Riordan’s vibrant new stage adaptation.

The spiritual rebellion of Stephen Dedalus and his restless search for artistic self-expression will be brought to life by Rough Magic’s dynamic creative ensemble of actors and designers under Ronan Phelan’s direction. They take us on a thrilling theatrical odyssey towards the liberation of the soul and its rejection of the stifling oppression of faith and fatherland.

Written in the crucible of the political and artistic explosion of the early twentieth century, this is essentially the story of Joyce, Ireland’s great re-inventor and architect of the English language.

Performing in Pavillion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 from 26th September to 7th October 2018. Then on a nationwide tour of Ireland.


National Tour Dates



26th Sep -7th October Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
9th-10th October Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
12th-13th October An Grianán, Letterkenny

16th-17th October Backstage Theatre, Longford
19th-20th October Theatre Royal, Waterford

22nd-24th October The Everyman, Cork

27th October Glór Theatre, Ennis

30th-31st October Town Hall, Galway

2nd-3rd November Siamsa Tíre, Tralee


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