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Rough Magic’s vivid, contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s celebrated screwball comedy premieres at the Kilkenny Arts Festival this summer.

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.

This festive production of deception and excess, sparkling wit and linguistic exuberance asks – can we ever truly know the people we love?

This is an outdoor production specifically designed for The Quad at St Kieran’s College. Tickets from €20

Photo: Ste Murray