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Rough Magic Theatre Company


  • Description

    Rough Magic is one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers and a significant mentor of emerging artists. It provides an unexpected angle to the mainstream and an anchor to the emerging generation.

    Since its foundation in 1984, Rough Magic has produced 134 shows, including 39 Irish premieres and 30 World Premieres. With 38 continuous years in the field of theatre production and touring, Rough Magic is recognised both as an independent creative entity and a valued institution. We operate as an ensemble across a wide spectrum of scale and style, covering international contemporary work, world classics and new Irish writing, with the audience at the heart of everything we do.

    The company has produced the debuts of many Irish theatre artists, principally through the pioneering SEEDS artist development programme. In 2021 the company launched COMPASS, folding play development and support for emerging theatre artists into the company’s core programming. COMPASS will develop partnerships to produce major new commissions as we approach our 40th Anniversary and support artists at every level.

    The company has maintained quality in its work over 4 decades to critical acclaim, peer recognition and audience loyalty. Awards include a record 4 Irish Times Best Production Awards, a London Time Out Award and 2 Edinburgh Fringe Firsts.

  • Address

    12 Parliament Street, Temple Bar ,Dublin 2,D02 HV 05






    + 353 (0)1 671 9278

    Artistic Director

    Lynne Parker

    General Manager

    Gemma Reeves


    Sara Cregan

    Associate Director

    Ronan Phelan

    Literary Manager

    Karin McCully

New Irish Plays Produced By Rough Magic Theatre Company

Play Title Playwright
A Mug's Game Molière
Adapted by Rough Magic Theatre Company
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Arthur Riordan James Joyce
Bat The Father Rabbit The Son Donal O'Kelly
Boomtown Arthur Riordan Declan Hughes Pom Boyd
Cleft Fergal McElherron
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 Arthur Riordan Bell Helicopter
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 Hilary Fannin Ellen Cranitch 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
Solar Bones Michael West Mike McCormack
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