From Front Square to Centre Stage

From Front Square to Centre Stage

As part of Rough Magic’s 40th anniversary celebrations, Trinity College School of English and The Drama Department, Samuel Beckett Centre, TCD host a special series of discussions delving into the beginnings and workings of forty years of magic!

From Front Square to Centre Stage: Rough Magic Forty

Trinity College Dublin, Long Room Hub, 5th  – 6th April 2024.

Friday 5th 6.30pm

We Are All Still Talking To Each Other!

The seven founding members of Rough Magic discuss the beginning of everything in Front Square.

Saturday 6th 10.00am

It Was Always About The Directors…

Rough Magic’s illustrious line up of Associate Artists discuss Rough Magic, SEEDS and Life Beyond…

Saturday 6th 11.45am

It Was Always About The Actors…

Key performers talk about the Rough Magic experience and who had the biggest part.

Saturday 6th 2.15pm

It Was Always About The Applause…

Fans of the company discuss the work of the four decades and what makes Rough Magic so special.

Saturday 6th 4.00pm

Actually, It Was Always About The Plays!

An in depth look at the eclectic choice of work; with an eye to the next 40 years.


For this very special event we did a very special photoshoot! The wonderful Ros Kavanagh and some of our best loved actors dusted off their iconic costumes to play in the equally iconic Long Room, in the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

Clockwise from top:

Rory Nolan as John Betjeman in IMPROBABLE FREQUENCY, designed by Kathy Strachan.

Peter Daly as Merriman in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, designed by Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh.

Catherine Walker as Phaedra in PHAEDRA, designed by Bláithín Sheerin.

Owen Roe as Petruchio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, designed by Monica Frawley.

Karen McCartney as Stephen Dedalus in A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, designed by Katie Davenport.

Photo: Ros Kavanagh

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Trinity Foundation and Trust for their support of the event.


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