Welcome to Rough Magic

Since its foundation in 1984 Rough Magic has built an organisation characterised by continual regeneration. Its adherence to artistic excellence, pluralism, and an egalitarian approach to the creative ensemble, has delivered 130 theatre productions, over 64 Irish premieres, the debuts of many theatre-makers, and the pioneering SEEDS programme.

Rough Magic had a very busy 2019, with the world premiere of Cleft, Much Ado About Nothing and Hecuba all getting four-star reviews, packing out venues around Ireland and in the Dublin Theatre Festival.

2020 starts with our SEEDS showcase production Venus In Fur by David Ives, a much-celebrated dive into the dark world of sadomasochism by one of America’s sharpest and funniest writers, which is the culmination of SEEDS 9. Later in the year we plan to deepen and expand the programme in a new format, to be launched in its 20th anniversary in 2021.

The year continues with our Residency of the Long Room Hub in Trinity College Dublin, supported by the Global Brain Health Institute and the Hub to develop The Choir Project, our new theatre piece about choral participation around Ireland. And an exhibition in Trinity’s fabulous Long Room of exhibits from the Rough Magic Archive.

And we look forward to launching our new Methuen Anthology of Rough Magic plays and adaptations 2010 – 2018, edited by Patrick Lonergan.

In August we will return to the stage with live performances of Solar Bones by Mike McCormack in an adaptation by Michael West. This production reunites us with our friends and partners at Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Watergate Theatre.

All of this is brought to you by the Rough Magic management team: General Manager Gemma Reeves, Producer Selina O’Reilly, Associate Director and SEEDS curator Ronan Phelan and Artistic Director Lynne Parker.

Latest News

Solar Bones on RTE.ie

Join RTE.ie/culture for Stanley Townsend in Solar Bones on Thursday, November 5th from 7.30 pm – the production will be available to watch worldwide for 24 hours only. 

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Congratulations Aosdana!

Rough Magic is delighted and proud that our founder member Arthur Riordan has just been elected to Aosdana, as has our colleague and collaborator Gina Moxley. Arthur’s work for Rough Magic includes The Emergency Session, Hidden Charges and of course, Improbable Frequency. We produced Gina’s first play Danti-Dan in 1995. Arthur and Gina memorably performed … Continued


SEEDS: seek out – encourage – enable – develop – stage

Since 2001 Rough Magic has been the pioneer of artist development in Irish theatre, through its SEEDS programme for emerging artists – based on mentoring, research and creative engagement. SEEDS has been Ireland’s premiere development programme for the past nineteen years; we now intend to design a new iteration to take us into the next decade.

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Rough Magic

Core Pillars

Proudly Positioned

A national company responding to the needs of all parts of the island

Progressively Energised

A creative ensemble, with unity of purpose, generosity of spirit and a joyous sense of ambition

Intelligently Humorous

Known by audiences throughout Ireland for work of quality, that engages, stimulates and entertains

Positively Invested

Acknowledged as the essential portal to the creativity of independent Irish theatre artists