Video: Lynne Parker on directing Hecuba

Watch director Lynne Parker interviewed during rehearsals for Hecuba as she explains the importance of producing Marina Carr’s script at a time when “we do not know what kind of world our children are going to inherit.” Playwright Marina Carr talks about watching the “power cast” in rehearsals, and why she’s so excited to finally … Continued

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Video: Marina Carr on Hecuba

Watch playwright Marina Carr explain what inspired her to write Hecuba, as actor Aislín McGuckin takes time out of rehearsals to describe what it’s like to play the fabled Queen of Troy. Get insights into Rough Magic’s production of Hecuba in this Q&A with director Lynne Parker. Hecuba will be performed as part of the Dublin … Continued

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Q&A with HECUBA director Lynne Parker

Marina Carr’s passionate reimagining of the aftermath of the Trojan War opens on the 27th September in the Project Arts Centre. Ahead of Hecuba‘s Irish premiere, director Lynne Parker explains why this ancient story has such resonance today, and how the production’s ambitious design will make audiences feel “the world is changing in unsettling ways”. … Continued

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Hecuba cast announcement

We are thrilled to announce our talented cast for the Irish premiere of Hecuba by Marina Carr. For this production, Rough Magic brings together some of the country’s most celebrated actors – who have already given us stellar performances – with a new generation of Ireland’s most exciting emerging talent; in a classic Rough Magic … Continued

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Inside the Shakespeare rehearsal room

Our cast are in the final week of rehearsals for our production of Much Ado About Nothing, soon to be opening under the stars at Kilkenny Arts Festival. In a rare break, director Ronan Phelan sat down for this interview to talk about the gender-swapping casting of Clare Barrett, setting the play in a mobile … Continued

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Watch: the cast of Much Ado explain the story of the original romcom

“It’s like Love Island meets Pride and Prejudice” The fantastic cast of Much Ado About Nothing took time out of rehearsals last week to answer a few questions about the upcoming show. The result was an unconventional introduction to one of the world’s most famous romantic comedies, and the kind of verbal sparring that the … Continued

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Interview with director of Much Ado About Nothing

After a successful run at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Rough Magic is bringing its acclaimed modern staging of Much Ado About Nothing on a national tour. In this interview director Ronan Phelan explains why he decided to set it on the deck of a deluxe mobile home, the meaning behind those flaming pants in the … Continued

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Much Ado About Nothing cast announced

We’re delighted to announce our fabulous cast for Much Ado About Nothing; our return to Kilkenny Arts Festival. Venetia Bowe and Shane O’Regan will play the young lovers Hero and Claudio. Peter Corboy and Maeve Fitzgerald will be sparring as Benedick and Beatrice. Jack Mullarkey will play the scheming Don John, with Margaret McAuliffe as Margaret and Patrick … Continued

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The story behind our A Midsummer Night’s Dream imagery

Google Image search ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream poster’ and you’ll see a well-trodden formula in past productions of fairy queen Titania, donkey-head Bottom and an enchanted-looking wood. In Rough Magic’s production, there’s a six-year old with fairy wings in a laundrette and a chipper. Here, director Lynne Parker reveals how we came up with a … Continued

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Ensemble 2018 Cast Announcement

We’re delighted to announce our most exciting adventure yet – a new creative ensemble to take us on tour around the country and to two major festivals. Join us for great nights out, new people and new ideas. We’ll have a lot of fun as we celebrate two of the great architects of the English language, William Shakespeare and James Joyce – in … Continued

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