Author Archive | John Morton

The Party In Party Politics

unionrehearsals_kenmcguire-15 St. Dominic's Student Union are putting the 'party' in party politics. A month off the opening of The Union, we've unveiled the first pic of the fivesome in action. L-R: Hazel Doyle (The Sports Officer), Niall Morrissey (The Ents Officer), Kevin Mooney (The President), The Vice President (Alex Christle), The Welfare Officer (Colin O'Brien). We started rehearsals on the show late last week and the team have already got their unity down to a tee. Adrian Kavanagh's cuthroat comedy about a student union in disarray is trucking along ahead of its preview run in Graiguenamanagh on July 24th & 25th before hitting Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny from July 29th to August 1st. 6 performances to see the show. This is a very limited run. Want tickets?
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The Union Previews

10006071_951183531612083_3818447737556950862_o We've gotten accustomed to bringing our shows out to County Kilkenny the last few years and it is the best excuse to spend time working in some lovely towns that don't usually get a lot of touring theatre. It started with Phantasm in Callan for Abhainn Rí Festival before War Of Attrition and Some Flood played Thomastown. The Union won't be any different. We'll be bringing the show to Graiguenamanagh for two night's of previews on July 24th and 25th. It'll be a hometown debut for playwright Adrian Kavanagh when we debut the show in The Duiske Inn next month. No pressure then. Be grand. We're delighted to be invading Spark Productions territory with the show and after seeing their work in The Duiske Inn we know it's a gem of a theatre space. It's the first opportunity to see The Union before it lands in Cleere's Theatre on July 29th. And any excuse to visit Graiguenamanagh is a good one. Tickets are on the door so get down early.
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Soul Of The Universe

COU PHOTO (2) The Centre Of The Universe is back this weekend for a run out at this years Body & Soul Festival. John Doran will be packing his show into a bag (it's a Show In A Bag, see) and bringing it to Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath for this weekend's festival. The one man comedy about one man's attempts to set up his own cult debuted at last years Tiger Dublin Fringe and we began touring it earlier this year. This is the first date on its summer jaunt so if you haven't gotten a chance to catch it yet, you've got ample scope to be able to do so. It will play the Bulmers Lounge at 3pm this Saturday June 20th for one performance only. The full line up for the lounge is very exciting and you can read all about it right here.
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Union Assemble!

The Union - Cast Photo With production ramping up, we are proud to congratulate and announce The Union for this coming term: Kevin Mooney (President), Alexandra Christle (Vice President), Niall Morrissey (Ents Officer), Hazel Doyle (Sports Officer) and Colin O'Brien (Welfare Officer). Kevin Mooney previously appeared in (and co-wrote) Some Flood which played Tiger Dublin Fringe, Quarter and Electric Picnic last year. He's a founding member of our outfit previously appearing in Night Of The Living Dead, Smitten, Heart Shaped Vinyl and The War Of The Worlds (also co-writer). Directing credits include Cannibal! The Musical, Stags and Hens and Heart Shaped Vinyl. Kevin plays The President, the level headed, outgoing leader of the Union who is losing his faith in politics. Alexandra Christle previously appeared in Shifting and Night Of The Living Dead. Alexandra also directed The Union as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1 in 2013. She has also worked behind the scenes on various Devious Theatre shows since 2010. Alexandra plays The Vice President, the ruthlessly ambitious leader in waiting who values the Union above all else. Niall Morrissey is making his debut full production with Devious Theatre. Niall previously performed in The Hellfire Squad as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1. He's a founding member of Journeyman Theatre Company in Cork and we're looking forward to have him join our ensemble. Niall plays The Ents Officer, a party animal and Union stalwart who has been milking his college career far longer than he should have. Hazel Doyle last performed in Phantasm which played Solstice, Abhainn Rí Festival and Out For The Weekend in 2012. Other Devious Theatre credits include Girls In Africa as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1 and Night Of The Living Dead. Hazel plays The Sports Officer, fighter for justice, MMA enthusiast, supreme smack talker and the Union's most combative member. Colin O'Brien has previously appeared in Phantasm, Night Of The Living Dead and Shifting for Devious Theatre. He is the only cast member from The Union at Little Deviations: Volume 1 who returns for this production. Colin plays The Welfare Officer, who takes on the burden of everyone's problems but is falling apart himself amidst academic pressure and increasing drug use. One of them took the money. The Union won't stop until they get to the bottom of it. The play will be directed by John Morton, produced by Ken McGuire and designed by Kate Moylan. Adrian Kavanagh's debut play for us hits Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny from July 29th - August 1st for four shows only. It will also preview for two night's in The Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh on July 24th and 25th. We're delighted to be playing Adrian's hometown for the very first time this summer. Want tickets?
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Lie. Cheat. Steal. Graduate.

teaser-poster-union Here's our first teaser poster for our next production The Union. Adrian Kavanagh's first play for us has been in the works for a while now and we're looking forward to debuting the show in Kilkenny from July 29th to August 1st in Cleere's Theatre. The Union is a furiously funny dramatic retelling of the rise and fall of St. Dominic’s Student Union. The play takes place in the final days of the current student union regime in a failing regional college. Five erstwhile colleagues are locked in one room knowing that one of them stole the €10,060 fundraised cash that their reputations, hopes, dreams, careers and election campaigns are hinged on. Backs will be stabbed, hearts will be broke and throats will be cut. The clock is ticking. We’re going to see how united this Union really is. The show will be directed by John Morton, produced by Ken McGuire, designed by Kate Moylan and stage managed by Aidan Doheny, all of whom worked on last years production of Some Flood. The cast is still being finalised but we'll be announcing the five strong union very soon. Along with the first poster, we've also just launched ticket sales for the show. We're doing a 4 night run of the show in Kilkenny and unlike our previous shows this is absolutely the only run of The Union in our hometown so with a limited capacity in Cleere's, if you want tickets you might want to grab them right here.
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Ear Binge

IMG_0848_2 After its four week run on KCLR96FM, our new radio series Vultures is now online for your listening pleasure. The 20 episode run of the murder mystery serial is included here in all its different chapters with different contributions from the show's narrators Janine Drew (Suzanne O'Brien), Niall Tennyson (Seán Hackett), Dan McGrain (David Thompson), Jim Vultour (John Morton), Jack Street (Ross Costigan) and Ned Savage (John Doran). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2QC6FcitfQ The show will be rebroadcast by KCLR96FM as a two part radio drama later in the year and we'll be including the full, chapter by chapter, radio version online as a podcast. For the moment, you can go to our Vultures page and listen to all our wares.
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Birds Eye View

Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1002 Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1004Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1010 Making a radio series was an absolute hoot, if you discount all the cabin fever we suffered and the spread of many airborne diseases. Here's a behind the scenes look at the making of our current radio series Vultures, with some stealthy photos from Ross Costigan Photography. Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1003 Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1007 Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1011 We recorded the series in KCLR96FM's Carlow studios (which we were very lucky to have all to ourselves) over a 5 day period. Here's a look at the cast of Stephen Colfer, Ross Costigan, John Doran, Amy Dunne, Seán Hackett, Ken McGuire, John Morton, Niamh Moyles, Suzanne O’Brien and David Thompson in action, sometimes in costume and sometimes, not. We're into the last week of Vultures airing live on KCLR96FM so if you want to catch up with all episodes of our show so far, you can do so here.
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Vultures: The Soundcheck

Here's a promo trailer for our new murder mystery radio serial Vultures. It features the characters from the show sound checking before they record the show and eh... fictionally it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. But whatever about that, if you've never seen Vultures before this will give you an idea of the faces in front of (behind?) the voices. Our new 20 part comedy series has been bringing a new episode to KCLR96FM at 1.45pm and 5.45pm each week day. It will run on air up until April 17th but if you're missing any episodes, fear not as you can catch up right here. For more on Vultures, please visit VulturesPI.com.
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The Vultures Playbill

Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1020 Feast your eyes on the full list of episodes for our new detective radio serial Vultures. A killer has struck at the Detective Union Of Ireland Annual General Meeting and soon Wisteria Lodge is in lock down as a hotel full of detectives compete to find a killer. The detectives of Vulture Private Investigations are thrust into a fiendishly twisty murder mystery plot where they must prove their innocence, find a killer and prove their worth as the best detective agency in the country. Hilarity ensues, and of course, murder. With 20 episodes full of cliffhanging, murder solving, detective yarns to keep your ears to, this handy little playbill may just come to your aid. A hearing aid, if you will. List Of Episodes Episode 1. The Deathly Dull Detective Drought - Narrated by Janine Drew Episode 2. The Case Of The Stolen Invites - Narrated by Dan McGrain Episode 3. A Dickening Of Detectives - Narrated by Niall Tennyson Episode 4. Murder In The Conference Room - Narrated by Jim Vultour Episode 5. The Walking Corpse Confusion - Narrated by Janine Drew Episode 6. The Fictional Death Of Basil Maguire - Narrated by Dan McGrain Episode 7. The Mystery Of The Empty Room - Narrated by Niall Tennyson Episode 8. A Rat’s Tale - Narrated by Jack Street Episode 9: Confessions Of A Litter Warden - Narrated by Ned Savage Episode 10: The Painful Predicament Of V.P.I. - Narrated by Jim Vultour Episode 11. The Pretender To The Throne - Narrated by Janine Drew Episode 12.  The Mighty Masters Of Disguise - Narrated by Dan McGrain Episode 13. Four Blind Mice - Narrated by Niall Tennyson Episode 14. Who Framed Ned Savage? - Narrated by Ned Savage Episode 15: The Chaotic Elevator Cliffhanger - Narrated by Janine Drew Episode 16. The Case Of The Wrongful Fingering - Narrated by Jim Vultour Episode 17. The Deadly Incident Of The Deus Ex Machina - Narrated by Niall Tennyson. Episode 18: The Man In The Black Bin Liner - Narrated by Dan McGrain Episode 19: The Snitch’s Dilemma - Narrated by Jack Street Episode 20: Vultures Turned Gamekeepers - Narrated by Jim Vultour THE CAST Janine Drew – Suzanne O’Brien Dan McGrain - David Thompson Niall Tennyson - Seán Hackett Jim Vultour - John Morton Ned Savage / Noel Lovejoy – John Doran Jack Street / Inspector Aeneas Murdoch - Ross Costigan Hamish Lane / Basil Maguire - Ken McGuire Deirdre Dupin / Maeve Munroe - Amy Dunne Tom Moriarty / Jimmy Kolchak - Stephen Colfer Kate Marple - Niamh Moyles You can listen to a new episode daily on KCLR96FM at 1.45pm and 5.45pm each day.
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The Vultures Are Circling

Vultures Radio We return to the world of radio drama this Monday with Vultures, a new detective comedy serial for radio and web broadcast. There are twenty episodes, each five minutes in length, with a new episode airing twice daily from Monday to Friday over the next four weeks on KCLR96FM. Vultures focuses on the private detectives of Vulture Private Investigations, a small time detective agency in south east Ireland. Janine Drew, Dan McGrain, Jim Vultour and Niall Tennyson are the detectives in question and the story follows them as they get caught up in a suspenseful murder mystery at the Detective Union Of Ireland AGM. The show follows the varying perspectives of the four bungling sleuths as they trawl the corridors of Wisteria Lodge, searching for a killer, quizzing a colourful cast of suspects and trying to figure out who killed Ireland’s most famous detective Basil Maguire? And why? The cast for the series are Stephen Colfer, Ross Costigan, John Doran, Amy Dunne, Seán Hackett, Ken McGuire, John Morton, Niamh Moyles, Suzanne O’Brien and David Thompson. It is written and directed by John Morton, produced and engineered by Ken McGuire with Alan Slattery as associate producer and an original score from David Sheenan. We are delighted to partner up with the station again after our last radio production The War Of The Worlds aired in 2008. It subsequently picked up the Bronze Award for Radio Drama at the 2009 PPI Awards. The show will air at 1.45pm and 5.45pm each day on KCLR96FM starting from Monday March 23rd. All episodes will be available to listen to online at kclr96fm.com with collected episodes available on this very site, omnibus style. Vultures was originally produced as a web series by Mycrofilms from 2007 – 2012 and was created and produced by Paddy Dunne, John Morton and Alan Slattery. We’re delighted to be bringing the concept and characters to the radio and we’re excited to put a brand new spin on these small time detectives in small town Ireland. For more information on Vultures, check out www.VulturesPI.com.
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