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

Rough Magic nominated for 4 Irish Times Theatre Awards

Rough Magic is delighted that two of our recent productions have been nominated for Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards! Along with our partners at Kilkenny Arts Festival, our 2020 production of Solar Bones has been nominated for three awards; Stanley Townsend for Best Actor, Lynne Parker for Best Director and also Best Production. Tonic, which … Continued

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Cleft – A Free Audio Play

Rough Magic and Hatch Pictures are delighted to present Cleft, a new audio play by Fergal McElherron which is free to listen to below, and on Spotify. Cleft is a visceral story of one family’s unrelenting will to survive – and ultimately to make choices based on instinct. Cleft, starring Simone Kirby and Penny Layden, was … 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