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 has been turned on its head by the pandemic. This has nonetheless been 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, Bookkeeper Seerish Sanassy, Associate Director Ronan Phelan and Artistic Director Lynne Parker.

Latest News

COMPASS Applications Open

We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for COMPASS, Rough Magic’s new artist development programme. Since 2001 Rough Magic has been a pioneer of artist development in Irish theatre, through the SEEDS programme. SEEDS has been Ireland’s most comprehensive development programme over nineteen years; and now COMPASS is here to take the … Continued

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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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Trainee Producer | Applications Open

Rough Magic will offer a 12-month part-time employment opportunity with the company for an early-career freelance theatre producer. The selected candidate will help coordinate COMPASS activities as well as assisting on Rough Magic productions as agreed, learning on the job. They will be provided with access to a desk in the Rough Magic office, mentorship … Continued

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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