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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.


Artistic Director Lynne Parker
General Manager Gemma Reeves
Producer Sara Cregan
Associate Director Ronan Phelan
Literary Manager Karin McCully


  • Solar Bones by Michael West (Watergate Theatre 2020)

  • Cleft by Fergal McElherron (glór 2019)

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by Arthur Riordan (Pavilion Theatre 2018)

  • 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 (3Olympia Theatre 2014)

  • Jezebel by Mark Cantan (Project Arts Centre 2012)


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