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.


Artistic Director Lynne Parker
Producer Caroline Williams
Dramaturg Maureen White


  • Melt by Shane Mac an Bhaird (Smock Alley Theatre 2017)

  • The Effect by Lucy Prebble (Project Arts Centre 2017)

  • The Train by Arthur Riordan, Bill Whelan (Lime Tree Theatre 2015)

  • Famished Castle by Hilary Fannin (Theatre Royal 2015)

  • How to Keep an Alien by Sonya Kelly (Project Arts Centre 2014)

  • The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht (Olympia Theatre 2014)

  • Jezebel by Mark Cantan (Project Arts Centre 2012)

  • The House Keeper by Morna Regan (Project Arts Centre 2012)

  • Peer Gynt by Arthur Riordan (O'Reilly Theatre 2011)

  • Phaedra by Hilary Fannin, Ellen Cranitch (Project Arts Centre 2010)



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