30 September - 10 July 2010


Tickets: 20


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.

Suitable ages 15+

What the critics thought:

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

8 OCT 10PM~ Post Show Discussion – Talking Theatre: Ellen Cranitch, Hilary Fannin and Lynne Parker in conversation.

For more information on Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival or to see the full programme of events vist their website.

Performance Dates, Tickets and Information

30 SEPT – 10 OCT 2010~ Tickets


Matinee, 9 OCT 2.30PM

Previews, 30 SEPT, 1, 2 & 3 OCT 2010,

Suitable ages 15+

Duration, 2 hours 30 minutes plus interval.

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*Concession tickets are available, with valid identification, to Students, Senior Citizens, Equity Members and the Unwaged.

BOOKING: (+353 1) 881 9613


Group discounts available in advance only, ask to speak to Melanie or email melanie@projectartscentre.ie (Mon-Fri during office hours) Seating

Our seating is unreserved so you will choose your seat on the night of the performance. We advise you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time as we are unable to seat patrons once a performance has begun.

Before the show, why not…?

…have a look around our gallery. During exhibitions our gallery is open Mon-Sat from 11AM until the performance begins…. …or catch up with your friends by having a drink in our bar. We offer a full bar service so if you just can’t wait to talk about the show join us afterwards for another. Parking Offer

Present your Project Art Centre ticket (evening performances only) at the Fleet Street Car Park and you will qualify for a special fixed price of just €5. Ask at box office for more information. Hungry?

Want to grab a bite to eat before the show? Why not pop down to Milano Restaurant in Temple Bar and pick their pre-theatre menu – Pizza, Pasta or Salad plus and a glass of wine – for just €12.50. Available from 5pm -7pm, just show your tickets or email booking confirmation to avail of this offer.

And if you’re in a rush remember that Milano also delivers to Project Arts Centre. Choose from a range of delicious made to order pizzas delivered to you in our bar. No queues and no need to even leave the building. Ask a member of our bar staff for more information.milano



Produced by Rough Magic

Directed by Lynne Parker

Cast: Stephen Brennan, Michèle Forbes, Sarah Greene, Darragh Kelly, Allen 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.

Musical Director: Ellen Cranitch

Lighting Design: John Comiskey

Set Design: John Comiskey

Costume: Blaithin Sheerin

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