We are heartbroken and bereft at the loss of Ross Costigan. Our collaborator, our partner in crime, our friend. He was a powerful actor, one who felt like a rock star every time he was on the stage, no matter what part he played. He brought his sense of mischief and attitude to so much of our work and the company would not have been the same without him. A stellar photographer, he was one of the best that Kilkenny had to offer and we were lucky to have worked with him for 8 years. He was brilliant at everything he turned his hand to. Like all of us, Ross came up through Young Irish Film Makers and we all moved onto Dreamstuff Youth Theatre, of which Ross was a central force. He was built for the stage. A visceral, raw performer who chewed up intense roles but it was his comic flair that really set him apart and made him so compelling to watch. When we set up Devious Theatre in 2006, he was immediately involved and became part of our 'organising committee' for the first year which basically just involved meeting every week for breakfast and Ross giving out about the veggie options. His work on stage for us included Heart Shaped Vinyl, Cannibal! The Musical, Smitten and Can't Pay? Won't Pay! His crowning performance was easily his lead role as Mark Renton in Trainspotting in 2008 which blew people away and confirmed just how talented a stage actor he was. The constant run of standing ovations he got always surprised him and the adulation he received for that role made him comfortable for the first time with his own acting talents. His subsequent performance as Ray in Watergate Productions run of The Beauty Queen Of Leenane was also highly acclaimed. His final stage performance took place in 2011 in Scratcher which allowed audiences in Dublin to see his talents for the first time. He moved to behind the scenes work with us as his photography career took off. He worked on posters, promo shoots, videos, graphic design and was also hugely interested in radio. He co-directed and produced our radio version of The War Of The Worlds which won a PPI Award in 2009. His voracious interest for so many creative disciplines was a mark of how passionate he was about just making great work. In the last couple of months of his life, he started speaking about returning to the stage and getting back into theatre. He was missing the creative life and he knew, perhaps at a time when he wasn't sure about many other things, that the buzz of working on projects with his friends was really when he was at his happiest. The creative life of our town will be so much poorer without him. We're all so much poorer without him. We love you and we miss you Ross. x Ken, Kevin, Niamh, John.
Author Archive | John Morton
Written on August 7, 2017
Written on August 3, 2017
Welcome to Ireland by Robert Downes & Aoibhín MurphyDirected by Niall Bambrick Cast: Fergal Millar, Aoibhín Murphy, Robert DownesWelcome to Ireland. Welcome to the land of tradition. Welcome to the land of high rent, high tuition and getting high. Welcome to the land of art and culture. Welcome to the land of the green drugs, the white people and... oh wait, there is no gold. Welcome to the lives of the millennials. Welcome to the flat of Bryan, Maggie and Damien. Welcome to their world as struggling artists. Welcome to their stuffy staff-room, which is also their littered living room, in their shoddy Tourist Gift Shop. Welcome to their lives working for Bill, their bitter boss who loathes the arts and the people in them. Welcome to the night that it all gets out of control... Robert Downes & Aoibhín Murphy are making their writing debuts in collaboration with Welcome To Ireland. Both actors, they trained at DIT's Conservatory Of Music and Drama. Robert is making his stage debut with us on this show. Aoibhín has previously appeared in Heart Shaped Vinyl, Night Of The Living Dead, Shifting and Little Deviations: Volume 1.Little Deviations: Volume 2 plays Cleeres Theatre from tonight August 3rd until Saturday August 5th as part of AKA Fringe. Tickets can be bought at the venue or right here.
Written on August 2, 2017
The Roaring Banshees by Peter McGann & John MortonDirected by Kevin Mooney Cast: Hazel Fahy, Niamh Moyles, Aoibhín Murphy, Jacqui Purcell, Rosey Hayes, Ailín Farrell, Amy Mulholland Ireland, 1923. After a failed assassination attempt on Eamon De Valera, a rogue unit of Cumann na mBan flee to prohibition era Chicago where they set up a poitin bootlegging operation. Soon they are embroiled in a violent turf war with Al Capone’s Outfit. So begins the tale of The Roaring Banshees... Peter McGann wrote his first play The Hellfire Squad with John Morton. He wrote and directed the short films The Eyeball Waltz, Sure look this is it, Not Tonight and Go West as well as various sketches that have screened as part of the Little Cinema in Galway and the Firehouse Film Contest in Dublin. He has written for Republic of Telly where he created the recurring character of Dick Liver. His one-man show An Evening With Liam Nugent was staged as part of the AKA Festival in 2016, and he returns with his follow up The Liam Nugent Variety Hour this year. John Morton has previously written the plays War Of Attrition, Scratcher, Smitten and Heart Shaped Vinyl for Devious Theatre. He also wrote Taboo for White Label. His sixth full length play Tenterhooks premieres in February 2018, also with White Label. It was previously a part of Little Deviations: Volume 1. He has also written the community theatre project Bridge Street Will Be and co-wrote the Irish stage premiere of Night Of The Living Dead. John co-wrote The Hellfire Squad with Peter McGann and they are planning on writing a trilogy of 'Ripping Yarns' based around the formation of the Irish Free State. The Roaring Banshees is the second installment. Little Deviations: Volume 2 plays Cleeres Theatre from August 3rd-5th as part of AKA Fringe. Tickets can be bought at the venue or right here.
Written on August 1, 2017
Orla's Big Comeback by Mairead KiernanDirected by Philip Brennan Cast: Hazel DoyleOrla’s life has been governed by Ireland AM for too long. 2,730 hours too long in fact but who’s counting? Orla, an ambitious journalism graduate, feels trapped by the hours that she has spent watching Ireland AM with her twin sister Dee, an Ireland AM super fan with severe health problems. However, the show Orla once resented so intently becomes a source of inspiration and solace to her when she is forced to stake out her own independence.Mairead Kiernan is a freelance writer, mainly for screen. She has written two short films, both as Gaeilge, including the award winning Eadrainn Féin. She has also written for Red Rock and Fair City. This is her first original work for the stage. She wrote the first draft on an Artist's retreat at the Moth Retreat in County Cavan. She has also worked as an actor for Devious Theatre appearing in Heart Shaped Vinyl, Stags and Hens and Trainspotting.Little Deviations: Volume 2 plays Cleeres Theatre from August 3rd-5th as part of AKA Fringe. Tickets can be bought at the venue or right here.
Written on July 30, 2017
Seán Delaney is a young writer from Kilkenny. He is mostly a playwright but also enjoys writing flash fiction and poetry. He loves reading, music and having very deep, philosophical discussions with his dog, Marley. His work has previously appeared in the CTY Ireland Anthology, Catering To Your Imagination and Dublin-based magazines GOWP and The Runt.
Little Deviations: Volume 2 plays Cleeres Theatre from August 3rd-5th as part of AKA Fringe. Tickets can be bought at the venue or right here.
Written on July 29, 2017
Breathe by Alan ButlerDirected by Natasha Murray Cast: Hazel Doyle, Amy Mulholland, Eleanor Walsh, Maria Murray, Janis Woodgate, John Prendergast, Ciaran DunphyEmily never thought she'd end up here. Being interviewed by the hospital's psychiatrist. But this is where she is, and its what she needs to do. The stories she will tell and hear will shape her. From where she came from to where she's going. Five women, five stories. What do you do, when you can't keep going? Alan Butler has previously worked as an actor and director for many companies in Kilkenny. As an actor he has previously appeared for Devious Theatre in Heart Shaped Vinyl, Scratcher and Accidental Death Of An Anarchist. This is his debut work for the stage.Little Deviations: Volume 2 plays Cleeres Theatre from August 3rd-5th as part of AKA Fringe. Tickets can be bought at the venue or right here.
Written on July 27, 2017
Written on July 12, 2017
Our scratch night extravagaza returns for AKA Fringe (check out the very slick and oh so fresh programme) where we'll be presenting six excerpts from six brand new plays: Ag An Doras by Simone Kelly Breathe by Alan Butler In The Basement by Seán Delaney Orla's Big Comeback by Mairead Kiernan The Roaring Banshees by Peter McGann & John Morton Welcome To Ireland by Robert Downes & Aoibhín Murphy Full synopsises, plus cast and director details will be incoming. We're very excited about the teams that have come together for our brand new work in progress showcase. The plays of tomorrow are going for a test run. Don't miss out. August 3rd-5th, John Cleere's Bar & Theatre, 8pm nightly. Tickets onsale soon.
Written on June 20, 2017