All the Angels, the Story of Handel’s Messiah

Rough Magic is thrilled to be bringing the Irish premiere of All the Angels by Nick Drake to audiences this Christmas, a joyous play about the world’s most popular choral work, from its fraught birth to its glorious outcome. All the Angels tells the true story of the great composer Handel in his desperate attempt … Continued

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Glue World Premiere

An invitation out of the blue to visit an old friend in hospital. Someone Dean hasn’t seen in years. Not since they were kids. Not since they drifted apart. Until now, this invitation, out of the blue. After all this time. What could be the harm in that? We are delighted to be partnering with … Continued

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Tonic at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Rough Magic is thrilled to be returning to Kilkenny Arts Festival this year with Fionn Foley’s Tonic, a Doomsday folk-musical set in 2047. Tonic is an outdoor new ‘medicine-show’ infused with a genre-spanning live score. Directed by Rough Magic Associate Director Ronan Phelan, and designed by Zia Bergin-Holly the show will star Fionn Foley, Juliette Crosbie … 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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COMPASS 2021

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 a new iteration is here to take the original concept into the next decade. The new COMPASS programme, launching in 2021, will offer three … Continued

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Rough Magic announces COMPASS

Growing artists. Making plays. COMPASS is a new development programme designed to provide opportunities for artists and plays, placing both at the centre of Rough Magic’s activities. Merging artist development and core programming in a radical new structure, the programme will assist in creating a portfolio of new work for production in the years coming … Continued

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Sophie Motley named Artistic Director of Everyman, Cork

Rough Magic is delighted that our SEEDS graduate and former Associate Director Sophie Motley has just been announced as Artistic Director of the Everyman Theatre in Cork. We congratulate Sophie and the Everyman on a brilliant appointment.

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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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Congratulations Aosdana!

Rough Magic is delighted and proud that our founder member Arthur Riordan has just been elected to Aosdana, as has our colleague and collaborator Gina Moxley. Arthur’s work for Rough Magic includes The Emergency Session, Hidden Charges and of course, Improbable Frequency. We produced Gina’s first play Danti-Dan in 1995. Arthur and Gina memorably performed … Continued

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Solar Bones – “Riveting Theatre”

Working with our brilliant partners at Kilkenny Arts Festival, we were thrilled to bring live performances to audiences at the Watergate Theatre this August with our world premiere of Solar Bones. Based on the award-winning novel by Mike McCormack, Solar Bones was adapted by Michael West, directed by Lynne Parker and starred the fantastic Stanley Townsend as … Continued

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