Rough Magic: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018 Aug 10 to 18

Rough Magic presents

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM– by William Shakespeare

A co-production with Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018

Rough Magic announce a dynamic new creative ensemble, while taking their new electrifying production to Kilkenny Arts Festival this August.

Rough Magic – for over thirty years one of Ireland’s leading independent theatre companies – takes great pleasure in announcing two major new productions for 2018. A dynamic new ensemble, combining some of the country’s brightest emerging talent, will celebrate a great classic; Shakespeare’s funniest and most magical comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be presented at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018.

Directed by Lynne Parker and in partnership with Kilkenny Arts Festival, Rough Magic’s new ensemble of actors will embody Shakespeare’smost iconic characters and incandescent language, in an environment created by the company’s brilliant design team for the Castle Yard. 

The focus of this new production is the crazy recklessness of mankind in the face of an ecosystem we understand imperfectly, where magic is embodied in the natural forces of electricity, magnetism, and elemental power.

Rough Magic will connect Shakespeare’s mythic story to the here and now, a modern Ireland in topsy-turvy universe, where the laws of physics have begun to warp. Follow the lovers and the mechanicals as they journey into the dominion of the spirit world, and emerge from its narcotic delights into a glimmering of self-knowledge. And celebrate with them, as night falls on their act of rebellion against the darkness, in a daft, joyous, gloriously funny piece of theatre.

Performing in the Castle Yard from 9th to 18th August as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018.

ENSEMBLE CASTPaul Mescal / Kieran Roche / Peter Corboy / Karen McCartney / Amy Conroy / Aoibhéann McCann / Conor O’Riordan / Martha Breen 
Direction: Lynne Parker

Lighting & Set Design: Sarah Jane Shiels

Costume and Set Design:Katie Davenport

Sound Design & Composition: Denis Clohessy

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