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The Critic: Rough Magic

Oct 2 - Oct 13: The Culture Box


"The play whoops wickedly and splendidly under Lynne Parker's direction" Sunday Independent on Travesties

The Critic

The Critic is Sheridan’s sparkling exposé of the follies and joys of making theatre.

Mr Dangle loves the theatre. Loves the intrigue, the glamour, loves TALKING theatre with his fellow critic Sneer, his writer friend Fretful Plagiary and the arch-charlatan Mr Puff. Mrs Dangle doesn’t love the theatre one bit. What’s the POINT of all this entertainment if it doesn’t improve people’s thinking?

Follow these vivid characters on a conversational odyssey, and see them stumble into a rehearsal of Puff’s preposterous historical play conducted by 21st Century drama students. This new production by Rough Magic fuses 18th Century characters with modern techniques to create an explosion of style and a celebration of theatre across four centuries.

Festival favourites Rough Magic bring the legendary author of The Rivals and The School for Scandal into the heart of Temple Bar


Please note that this performance will require the audience to walk from The Culture Box to The Ark (100 metres).


Duration: Approx. 80 mins. No interval.

Directed by:

  • Lynne Parker

Cast includes:

  • Peter Daly
  • Darragh Kelly
  • Ronan Leahy
  • Eleanor Methven
  • Rory Nolan
  • Karl Shiels
  • Students from the Gaiety School of Acting, DU Players and UCD Dramsoc

Costume Design:

  • Bláithín Sheerin

Lighting Design:

  • Sarah Jane Shiels

Composer and Sound Design:

  • Carl Kennedy

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