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. 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.

In 2020, Irish theatre was turned on its head by the pandemic. It was nonetheless a very productive year for the company, beginning with

  • the Methuen publication of Rough Magic Theatre Company – New Irish Plays and Adaptations 2010-2018, edited by Patrick Lonergan
  • being the first major company in Ireland to rehearse, open and successfully premiere a live performance under Covid-19 restrictions Solar Bones by Mike McCormack, produced in partnership with Kilkenny Arts Festival X at the Watergate Theatre, in August, streamed on RTE.ie in November
  • beginning of a new partnership with the Axis in Ballymun to co-produce the world premiere of Glue by Robbie O’Connor
  • and our new Artist Development Programme COMPASS.

These achievements and new horizons will enable us not just to survive, but thrive. 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

Most recently Irish Times Best Ensemble 2018

All of this is brought to you by the Rough Magic management team: General Manager Gemma Reeves, Producer Sara Cregan, Associate Director Ronan Phelan and Artistic Director Lynne Parker.

Latest News

Rough Ideas announced

Earlier this year we put out a call for Rough Ideas; asking writers and theatre artists for early-stage ideas that we could support over six months with a bursary, dramaturgy and mentorship. We had expected a substantial response to the call, but nothing prepared us for the volume and quality of applicants and proposals. The … Continued

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Solar Bones on Demand

Rough Magic is delighted to have Solar Bones presented as part of Culture Ireland’s SEODA Festival which will celebrate Irish arts worldwide during its 5 day festival running between 17th – 21st March. Minister Catherine Martin T.D announced the festival saying: “Our artists are Ireland’s treasures and despite the many challenges this year, our artists … Continued

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SEEDS Apprentices and Trainee Producer announced

We are thrilled to introduce the SEEDS Apprenticeships and Trainee Producer who are joining us as part of the COMPASS program for the next 12 months. SEEDS Apprentices This year’s SEEDS Apprentices begin their placement in April. The program includes their own desk space in our office to work from, mentorship from our artistic team, … Continued

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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