Aug 31, 2020

Rave reviews for Rough Magic and Kilkenny Arts Festival staging of Solar Bones

Mike McCormack

Winner of the Impac Dublin Literary Award 2018 and The Goldsmiths Prize 2016, and Longlisted For The Man Booker Prize 2017 Solar Bones is Mike McCormack’s multi-award-winning elegy to the merits of an ordinary life, spoken from an intermediate state between memory and nothingness.

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Adapted by Michael West, directed by Lynne Parker, starring Stanley Townsend as Marcus Conway. Set & Lighting Design by Zia Bergin-Holly, Sound Design by Denis Clohessy, Costume Design by Kathy Strachan.


Working with  partners at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Rough Magic live performances were brought to audiences at the Watergate Theatre in August with their world premiere of Solar Bones.


Reviews for Solar Bones


“Award-winning novel packs a punch on the stage……the result is riveting theatre” Emer O’Kelly – Sunday Independent


“McCormack’s single sentence novel depicting the inner life of an engineer in Louisburg, Co Mayo is crafted for stage by writer Michael West and director Lynne Parker with profundity and nuance” Deirdre Falvey – The Irish Times


“Stanley Townsend summons a profound ordinariness to embody this noble everyman. Lynne Parker directs this world premiere for Rough Magic and Kilkenny Arts Festival. Her touch is sure-handed and subtle, skilfully coating the profundities of the material with simplicity.”  Katy Hayes, The Independent


“★★★★…spellbinding and compelling” Sara Keating " – Sunday Business Post


“★★★★ …reminds you why you love theatre” Fiona Charleton" –  Sunday Times

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