‘Much Ado’ Goes on Tour

In November the Rough Magic team will embark on a national tour of Much Ado About Nothing. Set on the deck of a deluxe mobile home this festive production of deception and excess, sparkling wit and linguistic exuberance asks – can we ever truly know the people we love? On it’s premiere performance in Kilkenny … Continued

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Cleft by Fergal McElherron

We are thrilled to premiere new Irish writing in a major co-production with glór, and in association with Galway International Arts Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival – Cleft, written by Fergal McElherron will premiere in glór, Ennis this June before playing the Galway International Arts Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival

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Rough Magic Cast Wins Best Ensemble

Congratulations to the 2018 Rough Magic team who walked away with the Best Ensemble trophy at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards.

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Rough Magic Receives Best Ensemble Nomination

Rough Magic is delighted to have received an Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards nomination for the Rough Magic Ensemble 2018.

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Staging Canaletto: Theatre Residency for the Rough Magic SEEDS

We are delighted to announce that in 2019 Rough Magic’s SEEDS will be partnering with the National Gallery’s Education, Learning & Engagement Programme.

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Being James Joyce: Post-show discussions & National Tour Dates

As part of the national tour of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man we are holding post-show conversations where audiences can meet the company and find out how we put the production together.

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Lynne Parker on touring Joyce

Two weeks before the curtain rises on Portrait, Rough Magic’s artistic director Lynne Parker discusses adapting the novel 100 years later, and why it’s important to bring Joyce out of Dublin.   Why did you choose to program Joyce this year, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in particular? We were … Continued

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Q&A with Arthur Riordan

Arthur Riordan is the writer behind our upcoming stage adaption of James Joyce’s seminal novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. A seasoned theatre artist, Riordan is also an actor, one of the original founders of Rough Magic, and has even adapted Joyce before. In the Q&A below he reveals why Portrait is a … Continued

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Q&A with costume designer of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Katie Davenport is the brilliant designer behind the topsy-turvy world of Rough Magic’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Before the show opens in Kilkenny’s Castle Yard, Katie spoke about designing for all-weather outdoor productions, approaching her third Shakespearean play, and incorporating post-Soviet culture, punk, and “sequinned magic” on the night.     What is the concept and inspiration … Continued

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Gender Equality in Practice

Supported by the department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, a number of leading theatre organisations have come together to initiate and formalise a position on Gender Policy. Over two years the companies have engaged in a series of discussions that have resulted in each organisation formulating its own gender policy statement with reference to … Continued

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