SEEDS Applications 2022

We are delighted to announce that applications will open this week for SEEDS, Rough Magic’s artist development programme. Since 2001 Rough Magic has been a pioneer of artist development in Irish theatre. SEEDS has been Ireland’s most comprehensive development programme and we are excited to meet members of the next generation of talented Irish theatre … Continued

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Hecuba – Event Cinema

We are delighted to announce that Hecuba by Marina Carr is coming to a screen near you in an exciting cinema event. Screened across the country, Hecuba is a dynamic filmed version of Rough Magic’s critically acclaimed theatre production (a sell-out hit from the 2019 Dublin Theatre Festival); a passionate reimagining of the aftermath of … Continued

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Solar Bones 2022

The award-winning Solar Bones is back! Marcus Conway has come home to his kitchen in Louisburgh Co. Mayo. Everything seems normal, yet he is haunted by the feeling that nothing is quite right. Poring obsessively over the details of his relationships, his world and his work as an engineer brings him closer to an understanding … Continued

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COMPASS Year 2

In February we staged our dynamic new showcase of work under the new COMPASS programme. Rough Weekend was a showcase of new writing and big ideas. Set across two days, each of these three unique events featured stagings, readings and discussions, offering glimpses and impressions of never-before-seen works, commissioned by Rough Magic as part of … Continued

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The Tempest at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Rough Magic and Kilkenny Arts Festival are thrilled to announce our latest take on a Shakespeare classic. A dark comedy filled with magic, mischief, music and romance; The Tempest. Shakespeare’s lyrical revenge fantasy is coming to the grounds of Kilkenny Castle for 10 outdoor performances, with Eleanor Methven, one of Ireland’s most celebrated actresses, taking … Continued

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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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Rough Weekend

Rough Weekend is a showcase of new writing and big ideas. Set across two days, each of these three unique events will feature stagings, readings and discussions, offering glimpses and impressions of 13 never-before-seen works, commissioned by Rough Magic as part of the COMPASS Programme. 55+ Artists. 3 Events. 2 Days. Read the Rough Weekend … Continued

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Announcing Rough Weekend at Project Arts Centre

55+ Artists. 3 Events. 2 Days. Rough Weekend is a showcase of new writing and big ideas. Set across two days, each of these three unique events will feature stagings, readings and discussions, offering glimpses and impressions of never-before-seen works, commissioned by Rough Magic as part of the COMPASS Programme. Presented in Project Arts Centre … Continued

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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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