Since its foundation Rough Magic has built an organisation characterised by continual regeneration. Its adherence to pluralism, equality and artistic excellence has delivered over 50 Irish premieres, the debuts of many theatre-makers, and the pioneering SEEDS programme, garnering many awards, both in Ireland and internationally.

The collective that was formed in 1984 was a creative ensemble of seven; 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.

Our policy has three strands: commissioning new Irish work, presenting the best of contemporary international writing and innovative productions from the classical repertoire. These shows frequently feature live music commissioned for the production. Based in Dublin, Rough Magic regularly performs at Project Arts Centre and other major venues, and tours in Ireland, the UK and beyond. This year sees the establishment of a new ensemble over several projects, and across the whole country. In each town we will take up the national conversation to reach new audiences, employing our creative ensemble to the full extent of its considerable powers.

SEEDS – Seek out – Encourage – Enable - Develop – Stage

Launched in 2001, and an acknowledged leader of professional development in Irish theatre, the SEEDS programme has become an engine for the support and advancement of a new generation. Of the 47 who have completed the programme 40 are working as full time professionals in theatre (85%) and 24 have been directly employed by Rough Magic – over 50%.

In 2011 we initiated ADVANCE, a parallel programme for established artists. Rough Magic is also an enabler for the work of many individual artists and emerging companies, providing practical assistance, mentoring and sharing of resources.

Rough Magic is connected across the full spectrum of theatre activity, experience and creative practice. With each project we undertake, the aim is firstly to make great theatre, but also to advance and contribute to the cultural life of Ireland. Rough Magic believes that a strong theatre sector is necessary for our growth as a modern democracy. We will continue to put the artist at the centre of our production and development strategies; to strengthen our position as a national company which responds to the needs of all parts of the island; and to form supportive partnerships with like-minded organisations and individuals in offering a new vision for the nation.


Artistic Director Lynne Parker
General Manager Gemma Reeves
Company Producer Selina O'Reilly
Associate Director Ronan Phelan


  • 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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