Welcome to Rough Magic

Since its foundation in 1984 Rough Magic has built an organisation characterised by continual regeneration. Its adherence to artistic excellence, pluralism, and an egalitarian approach to the creative ensemble, has delivered over 50 Irish premieres, the debuts of many theatre-makers, and the pioneering SEEDS programme.

In August 2018, we partnered with the internationally-renowned Kilkenny Arts Festival to produce a spectacular outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Lynne Parker. The ensemble then focused its skills on the world premiere of Arthur Riordan’s new adaption of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, directed by Ronan Phelan. Featuring the same cast and creative team as in Kilkenny, this exciting production played first in the Pavilion Theatre, Dublin before touring to eight venues across the country:

2018 also saw the arrival of a new generation of SEEDS into Rough Magic’s offices. The company was delighted to welcome writer Ciara Elizabeth Smyth, director Olivia Songer, designer Naomi Faughnan, production manager Liadan Ni Chearbhaill, and lighting and AV designer John Gunning.

The company continues to serve as a creative hub of Irish theatre, providing support to participants in SEEDS and ADVANCE and sharing resources with individual artists and emerging companies, reinforcing Rough Magic’s place at the heart of Irish theatre.

All of this is brought to you by the Rough Magic management team: General Manager Gemma Reeves, Producer Selina O’Reilly, Associate Director and SEEDS curator Ronan Phelan and Artistic Director Lynne Parker.

The first Rough Magic creative ensemble was formed in 1984; over three decades the people have changed but the personality of the company has stayed constant – an eclectic collusion, with unity of purpose, generosity of spirit and a joyous sense of ambition.

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‘Much Ado’ Goes on Tour

In November the Rough Magic team will embark on a national tour of Much Ado About Nothing. Set on the deck of a deluxe mobile home this festive production of deception and excess, sparkling wit and linguistic exuberance asks – can we ever truly know the people we love? On it’s premiere performance in Kilkenny … 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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A national company responding to the needs of all parts of the island

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A creative ensemble, with unity of purpose, generosity of spirit and a joyous sense of ambition

Intelligently Humorous

Known by audiences throughout Ireland for work of quality, that engages, stimulates and entertains

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Acknowledged as the essential portal to the creativity of independent Irish theatre artists