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 the COMPASS Programme. The showcase was designed by our current SEEDS participants Pai Rathaya and Eoin Robinson.

Works in Progress included sections from Burnt Norton by Colin Campbell, Light and Noise from the Sky by Iseult Deane, Mr Slippy by Fionntán Larney, Wander Wander Wild Wild by Choy-Ping Clarke-Ng, Beef by Ankur Vikal, Homo Hibernicus by Jimmy McAleavey, Birds by Erica Murray and Decameron by SEEDS Director Dominic O’Brien and CN Smith. As well as readings from Children of the Sun in a new translation by Hilary Fannin, The Delirium Archive by Shane Mac An Bhaird and Haven by Peter Daly.

Rough Weekend also featured talks from some of our COMPASS commissioned writers such as Shaun Dunne and Morna Regan followed by conversations between Hilary Fannin and Olga Taranova, and Marina Carr in conversation with Jimmy McAleavey and Rough Magic Literary Manager Karin McCully.

Development continues on our commissioned plays with workshops this year on several of the scripts. We are also excited to be commencing our next call out for SEEDS in the autumn, join our mailing list below to be the first to hear when applications are announced.

Image Credit: Wander Wander Wild Wild by Choy-Ping Clarke-Ng, photo by Jeda de Brí


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