Welcome to Rough Magic

Rough Magic is a multi-award winning national theatre company. Since 1984 we have produced over 130 shows - many of them Irish and world premieres - and developed a national and international reputation. Since its foundation Rough Magic has upheld an egalitarian approach to theatre making and is committed to equality of representation and diversity of expression.

Rough Magic has been an anchor for theatre production and a significant mentor of a new generation of emerging artists. Since 2001 our SEEDS programme has launched many outstanding theatre makers. Launched in 2021, COMPASS offers artist development through commissions, mentorship and workshops. Our office in South Great Georges Street is a resource-sharing creative hub where theatre-makers can grow their practice and network with other professionals.

Recent work from Rough Magic includes:

  • The Methuen publication of Rough Magic Theatre Company – New Irish Plays and Adaptations 2010-2018, edited by Patrick Lonergan.
  • Tonic, world premiere at the Kilkenny Arts Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival.
  • Glue, world premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival.
  • All the Angels, Irish premiere at the Everyman, Cork and Smock Alley, Dublin.
  • Solar Bones by Mike McCormack, produced in partnership with Kilkenny Arts Festival at the Watergate Theatre and streamed on RTE.ie and as part of Culture Ireland’s SEODA Festival
  • Commissions for 7 major Irish writers through our new Artist Development Programme COMPASS
  • 8 ROUGH IDEAS bursaries for Irish theatre makers

The company has maintained quality in its work over 4 decades to critical acclaim, peer recognition and audience loyalty.

Awards include:

A record 4 Irish Times Best Production Awards

London Time Out Award, and 2 Edinburgh Fringe Firsts

All of this is brought to you by the Rough Magic team led by Artistic Director Lynne Parker.

Latest News

Solar Bones at the Abbey Theatre

The award-winning Solar Bones is back! Marcus Conway has come home to his kitchen in Louisburgh Co. Mayo. Everything seems normal, yet he is haunted by the feeling that nothing is quite right. Poring obsessively over the details of his relationships, his world and his work as an engineer brings him closer to an understanding … Continued

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The Tempest at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Rough Magic and Kilkenny Arts Festival are thrilled to announce our latest take on a Shakespeare classic. A dark comedy filled with magic, mischief, music and romance; The Tempest. Shakespeare’s lyrical revenge fantasy is coming to the grounds of Kilkenny Castle for 10 outdoor performances, with Eleanor Methven, one of Ireland’s most celebrated actresses, taking … Continued

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In February we staged our dynamic new showcase of work under the new COMPASS programme. Rough Weekend was a showcase of new writing and big ideas. Set across two days, each of these three unique events featured stagings, readings and discussions, offering glimpses and impressions of never-before-seen works, commissioned by Rough Magic as part of … Continued

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Rough Magic

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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