Anne Enright: How Rough Magic put new shapes on Irish theatre

In Rough Magic’s first autumn season in 1984, I was cast as Dull Gret in Top Girls by Caryl Churchill. I wore a medieval soldier’s breastplate, which was nice. The character was based on the mad figure of a woman invading hell, as painted by Breugel the Elder. The role required me to sit on … Continued

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Venus in Fur – SEEDS Showcase

2020 kicks off for Rough Magic with the Irish Premiere of Venus in Fur by David Ives, presented by the Rough Magic SEEDS. Directed by Olivia Songer, with Set & Costume Design by Naomi Faughnan and Lighting Design by John Gunning; this bold new generation of theatre-makers will bring to life the darkly comedic world … Continued

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Rough Magic – A Living Archive

Highlights from the archives of Rough Magic, will be on display in the Long Room, Trinity until 15 January 2020.

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‘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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