Interview with Fionn Foley, Writer & Composer of Tonic

Ahead of Tonic’s opening night in Dublin Castle as part of Dublin Fringe, writer-composer Fionn Foley explains why he wanted to write a musical about the end of the world, how Tonic compares to his last Fringe musical Fierce Notions, and his advice for other actor-musicians.   Tonic is set in a post-apocalyptic world, among a … Continued

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Glue World Premiere

An invitation out of the blue to visit an old friend in hospital. Someone Dean hasn’t seen in years. Not since they were kids. Not since they drifted apart. Until now, this invitation, out of the blue. After all this time. What could be the harm in that? We are delighted to be partnering with … Continued

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Rough Ideas announced

Earlier this year we put out a call for Rough Ideas; asking writers and theatre artists for early-stage ideas that we could support over six months with a bursary, dramaturgy and mentorship. We had expected a substantial response to the call, but nothing prepared us for the volume and quality of applicants and proposals. The … Continued

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Meet Rough Magic’s new Literary Manager and Producer

We are thrilled to announce two new additions to our management team. Karin McCully joins Rough Magic as Literary Manager, while Sara Cregan will be our new Producer. Karin McCully | Literary Manager Karin brings twenty years experience as a professional Dramaturg to the role of Literary Manager, and over ten years as a theatre … Continued

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COMPASS Applications

Update: Applications for the COMPASS strands are now closed for 2021. We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for COMPASS, Rough Magic’s new artist development programme. Since 2001 Rough Magic has been a pioneer of artist development in Irish theatre, through the SEEDS programme. SEEDS has been Ireland’s most comprehensive development programme … Continued

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Rough Magic announces COMPASS

Growing artists. Making plays. COMPASS is a new development programme designed to provide opportunities for artists and plays, placing both at the centre of Rough Magic’s activities. Merging artist development and core programming in a radical new structure, the programme will assist in creating a portfolio of new work for production in the years coming … Continued

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Sophie Motley named Artistic Director of Everyman, Cork

Rough Magic is delighted that our SEEDS graduate and former Associate Director Sophie Motley has just been announced as Artistic Director of the Everyman Theatre in Cork. We congratulate Sophie and the Everyman on a brilliant appointment.

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Congratulations Aosdana!

Rough Magic is delighted and proud that our founder member Arthur Riordan has just been elected to Aosdana, as has our colleague and collaborator Gina Moxley. Arthur’s work for Rough Magic includes The Emergency Session, Hidden Charges and of course, Improbable Frequency. We produced Gina’s first play Danti-Dan in 1995. Arthur and Gina memorably performed … Continued

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Solar Bones – “Riveting Theatre”

Working with our brilliant partners at Kilkenny Arts Festival, we were thrilled to bring live performances to audiences at the Watergate Theatre this August with our world premiere of Solar Bones. Based on the award-winning novel by Mike McCormack, Solar Bones was adapted by Michael West, directed by Lynne Parker and starred the fantastic Stanley Townsend as … Continued

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Lynne Parker and Stanley Townsend on RTE’s Arena

In case you missed it, you can listen back to director Lynne Parker and actor Stanley Townsend on the RTE player as they talk all things Solar Bones.

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