Fionn Foley and Rough Magic in association with Solstice Arts Centre and Kilkenny Arts Festival
It’s the year 2047 and the end is truly nigh. That is, until a miracle tonic is discovered – Halcyon – which promises to restore the mind and body to the glory days of the 2020s.
Charged with spreading this good news, the amazing Calibri Triplet Family Band embark on their most challenging touring schedule to date. Using only their charm, their music and their notoriety they will show their adoring audiences how to take the doom out of doomsday.
From award winning playwright Fionn Foley, Tonic is a blistering new comic musical for the times we live in.
Great fun, with inspired musical talent and sneakily clever lyrics – TONIC really is a tonic
– Sunday Independent
witty and playful… you will leave with a big smile on your face
– Irish Independent
★★★★ A glorious car crash that loves to have fun, poke fun and make fun.
– The Arts Review
Impossibly smart – a tonic for dark times
– Hotpress Magazine
★★★★ flirts with our jaded contemporary souls, providing recognition as well as escapism from postpandemic woes
– The Irish Times
WRITTEN BY Fionn Foley
DIRECTED BY Ronan Phelan
LIGHTING DESIGN BY Eoin Winning
SET AND COSTUME DESIGN BY Jack Scullion
Fionn Foley, Roseanna Purcell, Ruth Smith
About The Company:
Rough Magic is one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers and a significant mentor to emerging artists. It provides an unexpected angle to the mainstream and an anchor to the emerging generation.
Since its foundation in 1984, Rough Magic has produced over 135 shows, including 39 Irish premieres and 30 World premieres. Rough Magic is recognised both as independent creative entity and a valued institution. We operate as an ensemble across a wide spectrum of scale and style, covering international contemporary work, world classics and new Irish writing, with the audience at the heart of everything we do.
In 2021 the company launched COMPASS, folding play development and support for emerging theatre artists into the company’s core programming. COMPASS will develop partnerships to produce major new commissions as we approach our 40th Anniversary and support artists at every level.
Awards include: a record number four Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for Best Production (Copenhagen 2003, Improbable Frequency 2005, The Taming of the Shrew 2007, Don Carlos 2009); London Time Out Award; two Edinburgh Fringe First Awards and the Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for Best Ensemble for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2018. Most recently Rough Magic’s production of Solar Bones was awarded Best Actor for Stanley Townsend and Best Director for Lynne Parker at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in 2022.