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Sky Ireland awards €230,000 To Rough Magic Theatre Company in Sky Arts Ignition deal

Sky Ireland has announced that Rough Magic Theatre Company will become this years Sky Arts Ignition partner.

It is the first time in the three year history of the Sky Arts initiative that an Irish arts organisation has been awarded the funding.

Some €230,000 in funding will be provided by Sky Arts Ignition to Rough Magic, and the funding will help the company create a fresh and innovative production.

Also, there will be more support from Sky via programming, which will allow the production to reach wider audiences both in Ireland and the UK.

Rough Magic, one of Ireland’s leading theatre companies, will join forces with Opera Theatre Company to create a production of the political satire The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. It is not yet known whether the production will also go on tour, or be broadcast on TV.

Rough Magic saw off some strong competition to claim the Sky Arts Ignition funding, with Business to Arts supporting the project that involved applications from exclusively, art organisations in Ireland. In all, there were 72 applicants.

Managing director of Sky Ireland, JD Buckley, was optimistic that it would be “a very fruitful partnership” for all parties concerned. Mr Buckley added that the funding also demonstrated Sky’s commitment to Ireland.

“This investment, as part of our broader contribution, highlights Sky’s commitment to Ireland, particularly at a time when arts organisations need support to produce creative, original and entertaining work. We would like to extend a special thanks to the many arts organisations throughout Ireland who have supported this initiative to date and offer a warm welcome to Rough Magic and Opera Theatre Company.”

James Hunt, Director of Sky Arts said: “It was a particularly competitive year for applications for Sky Arts Ignition across Ireland, and we’re delighted to be able to build on the successes of the past two years by partnering with Rough Magic and Opera Theatre Company on such a unique project. We look forward to bringing this extraordinary piece to viewers and visitors across Ireland and the UK. We’d like to thank Business to Arts for its support throughout the application process.”

Since the start of the year Sky Ireland has created 850 new jobs in its offices in Dublin. The digital TV, broadband and home phone provider, plans to invest a further €1.25 billion in Ireland over the next 5 years.

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