About Rough Magic
Since its foundation in 1984 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.
Our policy has three strands; commissioning new Irish work, presenting the best of contemporary international writing and innovative productions from the classical repertoire. The company’s work includes over 50 Irish and world premieres and the debuts of many Irish theatre-makers. Based in Dublin, Rough Magic regularly performs at Project Arts Centre, the Pavilion Theatre and tours in Ireland, the UK and beyond, garnering many awards, both at home and abroad.
In addition, we are active in the development of new theatre artists. Our SEEDS programme, now in its eleventh year, is the benchmark for professional development in Irish theatre and the only one of its kind. Last year we launched a parallel programme for established artists, ADVANCE and have just announced the participants in its second phase. Rough Magic is an enabler for the work of many individual artists and emerging companies, through our Production Support programme, which provides participants with a range of practical assistance, mentoring and resource-sharing opportunities.
Through these strategic initiatives, the richness of its artistic ambition and its national and international reach, 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 touring needs of all parts of the island; and to form supportive partnerships with organisations and individuals who share our sense of the value of art in general, and theatre in particular, in offering a new vision for the nation.