ROUGH IDEAS is an open call for ideas from writers and theatre artists who are interested in making work with Rough Magic.

Applications are now open.

About Rough Ideas

Six artists will be awarded €1,000 each to attend a series of meetings with the company’s creative team including the Artistic Director and Literary Manager. After 6 months the selected artists will be invited to submit a treatment, or a draft if they wish, of their proposal.

Ideas that have the potential to reach production with Rough Magic will be selected for commission; where viable, the remaining will be encouraged and supported by the company in applying for Arts Council Project Funding or other funding sources.

The bursary will have no conditions other than the request for an outline treatment or draft at the end of six months, and this arrangement can be flexible.

There are no stipulations as to scale, form or subject matter, although Rough Magic is better able to support text-based work. An understanding of Rough Magic, its ethos and history, and a comprehension of the principal of ensemble is to be expected and will strengthen the application.

This strand of COMPASS is aimed at artists and ideas from across the spectrum of experience, emerging and established.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a 500-word description of an idea demonstrating originality, vision and potential for theatre production, and a CV or biography.

Applications should be send by email to: by Friday 19th February 2021. Please state “ROUGH IDEAS” in the email subject line. Shortlisted applicants will be called for an interview via Zoom before the end of February. Decisions will be made in mid-March.

Rough Magic would like to encourage applications that are representative of Ireland’s theatre artists in all their diversity – including but not limited to: people across the socio-economic spectrum, people of colour, members of the Traveller Community, people with disabilities and LGBTQI+ people.

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