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No Magic Pill by Christian O’Reilly


  • 22 - 23 Nov // 7pm , matinee 23 Nov 1pm
  • Main Space
  • €25 & €23 Concession
  • Early Bird & Matinee €20 Accessibility Friendly/ Student Tickets €12 One complimentary PA/Companion ticket, accompanying disabled person

No Magic Pill is the heartfelt, hilarious and irreverent story of an activist and a celebration of love, friendship and the enduring pursuit of freedom.

From award-winning writer Christian O’Reilly – Unspeakable Conversations, Sanctuary, The Good Father, Inside I’m Dancing – and directed by Raymond Keane, No Magic Pill was the winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2022 Irish Times Theatre Awards and wowed audiences and critics alike when it premiered that year.

Inspired by real-life activist and wheelchair-user, Martin Naughton, leader of the disability rights movement in Ireland (who passed away in 2016), this production breaks new ground in Irish theatre in its casting of disabled actors. Martin is a man at war with the Government, with society, but, above all else, with himself – and at this crisis point in his life, which road will he choose? Will his fight for equality be derailed by dreams of lifelong love and distant shores?

Winner! Audience Choice Award, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2022

★★★★ ‘physically striking … gutsy and engaging’ – The Irish Times
‘an evening of transformative theatre that compels as much as it entertains’ – Irish Independent

– No Magic Pill will be presented with additional accessibility considerations, including increased seating for wheelchair users and their companions.
– Irish Sign Language interpretation and Audio Description will be available for every performance
– A touch tour* will take place at 11am prior to the 1pm matinee performance on Saturday 23 November
– €10 ticket for disabled patrons + PA/Companion

* The Touch Tour provides context about the show to allow blind and partially sighted members of the audience to familiarise themselves with the design of the space, costumes and props ahead of the show itself. It can also be of benefit for neurodivergent patrons and is open to those who are not in a position to attend the show itself.

Presented By: Magic Pill Productions
Written By: Christian O’Reilly
Directed By: Raymond Keane
Duration: 80 minutes. No interval

Age Guidance 12+
Contains strong language

No Magic Pill is funded by the Arts Council and is presented in association with Independent Living Movement Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association and Disability Federation of Ireland.

Magic Pill Productions would also like to acknowledge the support of Town Hall Theatre, The Civic, glór, Backstage and The Glens Arts Centre.

€12 Tickets available for : Disabled persons. 1 companion / personal assistant goes FREE
€12 Tickets available for : Students.

Join us for a post-show chat with the creative team and cast, following the matinee performance on Sat 23rd Nov.

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