Dublin Theatre Festival

Rough Magic


In a new version by Hilary Fannin and Ellen Cranitch

Venue Project Arts Centre
Date 30 Sep - 2 Oct 7.30pm
3 Oct 1.00pm
3 Oct 6.00pm
5 Oct - 9 Oct 7.30pm
9 Oct 2.30pm
10 Oct 1.00pm
10 Oct 6.00pm
Duration 2hrs 15mins

Directed by Lynne Parker
Cast Stephen Brennan, Michele Forbes, Sarah Greene, Darragh Kelly, Alan Leech, Gemma Reeves and Catherine Walker.
Music ensemble Cormac de Barra, Aingeala de Burca, Fionnuala Gill, Robbie Harris, Rory Musgrave, Paudie O'Connor and Cathy White.
Set and Lighting design by John Comiskey
Musical Director Ellen Cranitch
Costume Design Blaithin Sheerin

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Rough Magic returns to the Festival with this hugely anticipated new show, which probes the forbidden desires lurking within an exceptionally volatile family.

The timeless story of Phaedra’s dark obsession with her stepson is placed in a contemporary Ireland that has become a fertile playing field for the capricious gods.  Racine’s masterpiece of the French theatre - itself drawn from Euripides - and themes from the baroque score of Rameau’s operatic response to this mythic tale, have provided the springboard for a dynamic collaboration between writer Hilary Fannin and composer/musician Ellen Cranitch.

Through Fannin’s scathing humour, Rough Magic’s powerful production explores the extremities of passion, and the psychology of a doomed family in its attempts to outwit fate. The music is performed live by an ensemble of Ireland’s leading musicians, under the inspired direction of Ellen Cranitch.

 Contains strong language.

TALKING THEATRE: Ellen Cranitch, Hilary Fannin, Maureen White and Lynne Parker in conversation. Oct 8, Post-show 10pm (approx.)

View clip of Phaedra on TG4's Imeall

"When [Rough Magic] launches a new production, one automatically sits up and takes notice" The Irish Times
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