Rough Magic shakes up one of the Bard’s most hilarious comedies of rumour, romance, and a fuss over a trifle, in this scintillating production of Much Ado About Nothing.
On the deck of a deluxe mobile home a group of friends gather for a week long party full of cocktail-infused debauchery, bad dancing and questionable gender politics.
As the celebrations continue, two couples emerge. Claudio and Hero fall deeply and madly in love, while Benedick and Beatrice resume their altogether more quarrelsome romance. ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ charts the course of these two star-crossed courtships as malicious rumour and pointed lies threaten to tear them both apart.
Rough Magic’s vivid, contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s celebrated screwball comedy premiered at the Kilkenny Arts Festival this summer. This festive production of deception and excess, sparkling wit and linguistic exuberance asks – can we ever truly know the people we love?
ENSEMBLE CAST: Clare Barrett / Venetia Bowe / Peter Corboy / Maeve Fitzgerald / Patrick Martins / Margaret McAuliffe / Jack Mullarkey / Shane O’Regan / Conor O’Riordan
Direction: Ronan Phelan
Set Design: Sabine Dargent
Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels
Costume Design: Catherine Fay
Sound Design & Composition: Denis Clohessy