Rough Magic Theatre Company


  • Description

    Rough Magic was founded in 1984 and is one of the leading theatre companies in Ireland. Based in Dublin, the company regularly performs at Project Arts Centre, and tours in Ireland, the UK and beyond.

    Since its foundation, Rough Magic has built an organisation based on three core values: artistic excellence, an egalitarian approach to the creative ensemble and an ethic based on pluralism. The company has evolved around the principle that we are part of a world culture that can celebrate Irish identity diverse in nature and outward looking in its vision.

    Rough Magic’s policy has three strands; commissioning new Irish work, presenting the best of contemporary international writing and innovative productions from the classical repertoire. Our work includes over 50 Irish and world premieres and the debuts of many Irish theatre-makers.

    In addition, we are active in the development of new theatre artists. Our SEEDS programme, now in its twelfth year, is the benchmark for professional development in Irish theatre and the only one of its kind. In 2011 we launched ADVANCE, a parallel programme for established artists, and through our Production Support, which provides participants with a range of practical assistance, mentoring and resource-sharing opportunities, we enable the work of many individual artists and emerging companies.

    Through these strategic initiatives, the richness of its artistic ambition and its national and international reach, Rough Magic is connected to theatre activity in Ireland across the full spectrum of experience and creative practice. Our aim is firstly to make great theatre, but also to advance and contribute to our culture. We will continue to put the artist at the centre of our production and development structures; to build on our position as a national company; and to form supportive partnerships with organisations and individuals who share our sense of the unique value of art, particularly theatre, in offering a new vision for the nation.

  • Address

    18 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin




    + 353 (0)1 671 9278

    Artistic Director

    Lynne Parker


    Caroline Williams


    Maureen White


Play Title Playwright
A Mug's Game Molière
Adapted by Rough Magic Theatre Company
Bat The Father Rabbit The Son Donal O'Kelly
Boomtown Pom Boyd Declan Hughes Arthur Riordan
Danti-Dan Gina Moxley
Digging For Fire Declan Hughes
Down Onto Blue Pom Boyd
Famished Castle Hilary Fannin
Halloween Night Declan Hughes
Hidden Charges Arthur Riordan
How to Keep an Alien Sonya Kelly
I Can't Get Started Declan Hughes
Improbable Frequency Bell Helicopter Arthur Riordan
A musical with Book and Lyrics by Arthur Riordan, and Musical Composition and Sound Design by Bell Helicopter.
Is This About Sex? Christian O'Reilly (1)
Jezebel Mark Cantan
Love and a Bottle Declan Hughes George Farquhar
Adapted from the original play by George Farquhar.
Melt Shane Mac an Bhaird
Midden Morna Regan
Mrs. Sweeney Paula Meehan
New Morning Declan Hughes
Peer Gynt Arthur Riordan Henrik Ibsen

A new version with live music by Tarab

Phaedra Ellen Cranitch Hilary Fannin Euripides Jean Racine Jean-Philippe Rameau
Inspired in part by Jean Racine's 'Phèdre' (1677) and Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera 'Hippolyte et Aricie' (1733), both themselves drawn from Euripides.
Shiver Declan Hughes
Sodome, My Love Olwen Fouéré Laurent Gaudé
Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer Bryan Delaney Michel Tremblay
Translated from the original play by Michel Tremblay.
Take Me Away Gerald Murphy
The Bonefire Rosemary Jenkinson
The Dogs Donal O'Kelly
The Emergency Session Arthur Riordan
The House Keeper Morna Regan
The Sugar Wife Elizabeth Kuti
The Train Arthur Riordan Bill Whelan
The Whisperers Elizabeth Kuti Frances Sheridan
Frances Sheridan's 'A Trip to Bath' as completed by Elizabeth Kuti.
The Woman in White Declan Hughes Wilkie Collins
Adapted from the novel by Wilkie Collins
Words of Advice for Young People Ioanna Anderson