Author Archive | John Morton
Written on April 28, 2016
Alexandra Christle last appeared as the Vice President in last years production of The Union by Adrian Kavanagh. Other appearances with Devious Theatre include Amy in Shifting and in zombified form as Maeve in Night Of The Living Dead. She also directed The Union as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1 in 2013.
Philip Brennan has previously appeared with us as Johnny in Night Of The Living Dead in 2012 and in The Hellfire Squad as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1, which he also directed. Other recent credits include The Last Post by Just The Lads and Rise from The 1916 Project in which he plays Thomas MacDonagh. Heart Shaped Vinyl returns to John Cleere's Bar & Theatre from May 18th-21st / 25th-28th. Tickets for the show can be booked here. This series of posters designed by Ken McGuire.
Two gals battle "the fear" towards clarity... kind of.
The final preview of our Devious 10 programme is Pulled from Niamh Moroney which will debut in Waterford and Kilkenny this autumn.
In Pulled, Amanda and Michelle battle through the fear and a digital rollercoaster of clues to assemble memories of a particularly wasted night. The show is written by Devious Theatre founding member Niamh Moroney and marks her first staged writing for us. It's also the first full length play we've produced from a female writer and we couldn't pick a better one.
Niamh is one of the original founding members of Devious Theatre and has worked in many different capacities with the company over the last decade. Directing credits include Trainspotting and War Of Attrition with acting credits including Heart Shaped Vinyl, Cannibal! The Musical and Smitten. Over the last few years she has gained acclaim for her work as a writer/performer with successful shows such as the award winning Yer Wan and X+Y under her belt.
Pulled has been developed by Niamh and Andrea Bolger, who will be making her debut with us in the show. It also marks our first co-production and we are delighted to be partnering with Central Arts for Pulled. Central Arts are a production house based in Waterford where Niamh recently became their first artist residence. Developed over the past (and next) few months as part of her residency, Pulled will land in their 60 capacity theatre space from September 13th-15th. It will then travel to Set Theatre in Kilkenny where it plays for September 29th-October 1st.
Here's a trailer for the show, to get you in the mood for September. Get ready to pull.
"From the ruins of the G.P.O. they came. By design they were to be anonymous, unheard of, unseen. Their purpose was clear: to move like ghosts through the streets of Dublin and put the fear of God in the occupying forces. I saw it first hand. The Squad. Collins’ chosen ones. The Apostles. But that’s not what I knew them men as. To me they were born from ashes and forever more cloaked in hellfire. Don’t be lurking in those shadows… come out to us now…" - The Bould Kathleen Sweeney
So begins the tale of the Squad. The next preview of our Devious 10 stock is the rip roaring, hell blazing yarn that is The Hellfire Squad, which will be our second release this year when it lands this summer.
Written by Peter McGann and John Morton, the play is a riotous, men on a mission, action comedy exploring the origins of the hit squad assembled by Michael Collins in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising. The infamous squad Collins created have never been the focus of a dramatic narrative until now, despite being an integral part of his legend. The Hellfire Squad looks at the impact this secret band of assassins made on Irish history in contrast to the secretive nature of their roles. The resultant story is a tightly woven journey, primarily fiercely comical, but just as powerful, tragic and frightening as the history it sprung from. The production will be directed by Sarah Baxter and produced by Ken McGuire. It opens in Project Arts Centre, Dublin where it will play from July 18th-23rd before hitting our hometown of Kilkenny where it will play The Watergate Theatre as part of this years AKA programme from July 28th-30th. It was previously presented in work in progress form as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1 in August 2013.
The creative squad working on it thus far are:
Peter McGann (Co-Writer): This is Peter's first written work for the stage. His previous work has been for screen including the short films The Eyeball Waltz, Go West and Nugent. He is currently one of the writers of Republic Of Telly. He was also one of the makers of Vultures and has also acted in numerous films and TV shows over the years including Smitten, Hot Water Bottle, Daffney Molloy And Other Catastrophes and Swerve for Mycrofilms in Kilkenny.
John Morton (Co-Writer): John's last written work for Devious Theatre was War Of Attrition which premiered in 2013 at Dublin Fringe Festival. Previous Devious Theatre plays include Scratcher, Smitten and his first play, and our next production, Heart Shaped Vinyl. His last play Taboo was presented by White Label in The New Theatre this past February. He was also the writer of community theatre project Bridge Street Will Be in 2015. Co-writes include Night Of The Living Dead and The War Of The Worlds.
Sarah Baxter (Director): Sarah is making her directing debut with us. Previous directing work includes Taboo by John Morton, Jellyfish (Out to Lunch Festival 2016, Belfast/ Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015, Rich Mix, London and Foundation15 Arts Festival) To Space (Adelaide Fringe 2016, Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe 2015) The Art Of Ladylike and Flies (Collaborations Festival 2014). As assistant director: Howie The Rookie (Landmark Productions) A Particle Of Dread / Oedipus Variations (Field Day Theatre Company, Rian (Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre Company) and The Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre).
Ken McGuire (Producer): A founding member of Devious Theatre, Ken has previously produced many of our shows including The Union, War Of Attrition, Bash, Night Of The Living Dead, Smitten, Shifting, Scratcher, Dario Fo Season and Stags and Hens. Directing work for us includes Cannibal! The Musical (with Kevin Mooney), The War Of The Worlds and iphigenia in orem as part of Bash.
The eight strong cast are currently being shrouded in secrecy so we won't be announcing them just yet but when we do, we'll be striking from the shadows.
This is the first period piece we've done since Cannibal! The Musical (although we probably should count Heart Shaped Vinyl in that number) and we're very excited to tackle Irish history for the first time. This is our contribution to the centenary celebrations for 1916 and takes a skewed perspective on the events of the time, focusing on a group intent on achieving the infamy and burgeoning myth of the Easter Rising martyrs. It's a mish mash of styles and genres but when pressed, we've mostly been calling it a Western. Here's a look at some of the inspirations we've had on the go throughout the development of the show.
A terrible bastard will be born. The Hellfire Squad lands this July and tickets will be going on sale soon. We'll also be launching a Fund It campaign to support the show so please keep an eye out for that.
God bless the work.
"Ninety percent of the people in the world end up with the wrong person. And that's what makes the jukebox spin.” – Willie Nelson.
Here's the first in a series of previews of the three shows that will be making up our 10th anniversary Devious 10 programme for 2016.
Heart Shaped Vinyl is the first release for the year, although technically we should call it a re-release. It's a new version of our debut production, first performed in August 2006 and restaged again in June and October 2007.
Heart Shaped Vinyl is a theatrical mix tape focusing on pop music, relationships and a whole lot of heartbreak over the course of six decades. Originally set between 1963 and 2006, this new version adds a brand new story set in the years 2014 and 2016. The play is broken into Side A and Side B, both of which tell different sides of six different stories featuring an ensemble cast of 14 actors. It is written by John Morton who will be directing a production of the show for the first time.
Here's a look at our cast (handily running L-R on the above photo):
Philip Brennan has previously appeared with us as Johnny in Night Of The Living Dead in 2012 and in The Hellfire Squad as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1, which he also directed.
Alan Butler has acted with us as Inspector Pisani in Accidental Death Of An Anarchist and as The Man in Scratcher. He most recently directed The Shadow Of A Gunman for KATS and next appears in Watergate Productions and Barnstorm’s co-production of Translations.
Alexandra Christle last appeared as the Vice President in last years production of The Union by Adrian Kavanagh. Other appearances with Devious Theatre include Amy in Shifting and in zombified form as Maeve in Night Of The Living Dead.
Amy Dunne appeared in the original production of Heart Shaped Vinyl in 2006. Other credits with us include Cannibal! The Musical, The War Of The Worlds, Smitten, Scratcher, Bash, War Of Attrition and Vultures.
Hazel Fahy was part of the Heart Shaped Vinyl cast in 2007. She also directed the play for NUI Maynooth Dramasoc in 2006. Other credits for Devious Theatre include Joanie in Cannibal! The Musical and Margherita in Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!
Simone Kelly was part of the original Heart Shaped Vinyl cast and reprises her role here. Other Devious Theatre credits include Cannibal! The Musical, Lizzie in Trainspotting and Maria Feletti in Accidental Death Of An Anarchist.
Mairead Kiernan has previously appeared with Devious Theatre playing June and other roles in 2008’s Trainspotting and the following year as Maureen in Willie Russell’s Stags and Hens.
Ken McGuire is a founding member of Devious Theatre. He last appeared onstage in Little Deviations: Volume 1. Other credits include Heart Shaped Vinyl, Cannibal! The Musical, Trainspotting, Smitten, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! and Bash.
Kevin Mooney is a founding member of Devious Theatre and has appeared in all productions of Heart Shaped Vinyl, directing the 2007 version. He last appeared as The President in The Union last July. Other credits include Some Flood (which he co-wrote), Night Of The Living Dead and Smitten.
Niamh Moroney is a founding member of Devious Theatre. Previous onstage credits include Night Of The Living Dead, Smitten, Cannibal! The Musical and the original production of Heart Shaped Vinyl. She will next appear in her own show Pulled which premieres this autumn.
John Morton is the writer of this play and directs it here for the first time. He last directed The Union in 2015. Onstage credits with Devious Theatre include War Of Attrition, Bash, Smitten, Scratcher, Trainspotting and the first production of Heart Shaped Vinyl.
Aoibhín Murphy has previously appeared with Devious Theatre as Judy in Night Of The Living Dead and Laura in Shifting by John Kennedy. She also appeared in Girls In Africa as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1.
Anne-Marie O’Brien makes her Devious Theatre debut. She has previously been part of Spark Productions troupe in Graiguenamanagh. Credits include the title character in the Irish stage premiere of Jack Thorne’s Bunny as well as The Last Of The Freshers by Adrian Kavanagh.
Colin O’Brien last played The Welfare Officer in The Union by Adrian Kavanagh in 2015. Previous Devious Theatre credits include Night Of The Living Dead, the roles of Adam in Phantasm and Marko in Shifting, both by John Kennedy.
We're looking forward to taking a trip back to the last decade (and all the other ones) with this new production of our first show. It has been hugely popular on the student drama circuit and has been presented in over ten different productions in the last decade. All previous Devious productions of the play have sold out and for this one off commemorative edition, we expect tickets to be snapped up in advance. If you want to guarantee yours, get them right here.
Heart Shaped Vinyl will crank up its jukebox in Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny for eight performances only from 18th-21st and 25th-28th May 2016. And once it's gone, there won't be any encores.
We've just launched the full programme for our 10th anniversary programme, the rather bluntly titled Devious 10. We'll have more in depth previews for each show throughout the week but here's the quick rundown.
And here they are:
Here's some details on each of the shows.
Heart Shaped Vinyl, our very first show, gets a reissue complete with a brand new decade. A theatrical mixtape taking place over 6 decades in Ireland, the show is a raucous comedy about heartbreak and romance, told through the prism of changing musical fads. It is written by John Morton who will be directing a production of his first play for the first time. The just announced cast are a very Devious troupe: Philip Brennan, Alan Butler, Alexandra Christle, Amy Dunne, Hazel Fahy, Simone Kelly, Mairead Kiernan, Ken McGuire, Kevin Mooney, Niamh Moroney, John Morton, Aoibhín Murphy, Anne-Marie O'Brien, Colin O'Brien. It will be produced by Ken McGuire. It plays Cleere's Theatre from May 18-21 and 25-28. Tickets are currently onsale and can be booked here.
The Hellfire Squad by Peter McGann and John Morton marks the third of the Little Deviations: Volume 1 crop to make it to full production. This is a riotous, rip roaring drama about a squad of mismatched assassins assembled by Michael Collins in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising. Our first foray into Irish history shall be a devious take on the events of the time, to say the least. It will be directed by Sarah Baxter, making her first show with us and produced by Ken McGuire. It will take its debut bow in Project Arts Centre, Dublin from July 18-23 before playing The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from July 28-30 as part of this years Alternative Kilkenny Arts.
Pulled by Niamh Moroney marks our first co-production, alongside Central Arts in Waterford, who we are very excited to partner up with. The show is being developed as part of Niamh's year long residency in Central Arts. Pulled tells the story of Amanda and Michelle, two women battling through the fear and a digital rollercoaster of clues to assemble memories of a particularly wasted night. It will be performed by Andrea Bolger and Niamh Moroney and produced by John O'Connell. It will run in Central Arts, Waterford from September 13-15th and Set Theatre, Kilkenny from September 29th-October 1st.
We'll be dropping individual previews for each show over the next week so keep an eye out for those. They should serve as a better idea of what to expect from this deviating trio of plays. We're very excited to bring this line up to you this year and we hope you'll join us.
We always try and avoid launches (the above photo is from our first launch). They're always a bit nervy, like having people over for a formal reception or something and we don't like making speeches (the below photo is from the second launch we did). Look how awkward we look. So for the third launch we've done over the last decade we're going to try something different.
When it's a case of celebrating your 10th birthday, you can just call it a birthday party and it takes all the starch out of launching! So we're launching our Devious 10 programme for our 10th anniversary and we're going to have a bit of a birthday bash and we'd like to invite you along!
On the night, we'll be having a celebration of 10 years of Devious Theatre in the lovely surroundings of Bosco's Café in The Watergate Theatre. This is upstairs in the Watergate where we've launched before but Bosco's is the new café set up in the theatre and it looks gorgeous so we're already onto a winner. It's a bit of a launch, a bit of a birthday bash and a bit of an excuse to eat some cake and drink some wine.
We will be announcing what will be making up our Devious 10 programme for 2016. We will be performing three shows in three different venues in Kilkenny this year. We will also be touring new work to different venues around the country and we're very excited to share it with you.
Show 1: Heart Shaped Vinyl, our very first show, gets a reissue for a 2 week only run in John Cleere's Bar & Theatre from May 18th-28th. We will be announcing the 14 strong cast on the night.
Show 2: To Be Announced.
Show 3: To Be Announced.
Come and get devious with us on March 11th. The event kicks off at 6pm.
It's not often that a play you produced gets turned into a TV pilot but that's exactly what's happened with Smitten.
John Morton's second play which we originally produced back in 2008 and revived again in 2011, has become one of this years RTÉ Storyland offerings on the RTÉ Player. Produced by Mycrofilms and shot and set entirely here in Kilkenny, Smitten takes one of the subplots of the play and adapts it into a concise 20 minute comedy drama. With not as much dancing it must be said.
The series concept looks at a particular character per episode, and if only this episode gets made, we'll be looking at the very much smitten (as in afflicted and beleaguered) character of Bronagh. Bronagh was previously played in the stage iterations by Annette O'Shea and Maria Murray. Here she's played by Aoife Spratt and the story focuses on her discovery that she's pregnant on the same day her ex boyfriend Dave goes missing.
Some members of the theatrical line up of Smitten transfer over to the TV version with David Thompson, Jack O'Leary and Amy Dunne reprising their roles as Kevin, Tony and Cat from the 2011 version. There's also a cameo from Lynsey Moran as Ailbe who she previously played in both stage versions.
They are also joined by Clare Monnelly, Peter McGann, Leah Egan and Gus McDonagh, the latter three of whom have all worked with us here at Devious before. RTÉ Storyland isn't the first time the characters have transferred to screen with the short film Daffney Molloy And Other Catastrophes also being adapted from the play and featuring a lot of the same cast. It premiered at IndieCork back in October and will next screen at the Chicago Irish Film Festival in March. It will go online later this year.
There's no competitive aspect to Storyland this year but all views will go a long way towards helping the show reach series potential. So please do give it a watch and a share. It's certainly a lot shorter than the play!
Watch Smitten on the RTÉ Player right here.
In a quick and surprising turn of events, Devious Theatre turn 10 years old in May 2016. That came around fast! To celebrate a decade of theatre, we're lining up a big, celebratory programme for the year entitled, quite simply, Devious 10. And here's our first announcement!
We’ll be kicking off our 10th anniversary programme off with a reissue of our first production Heart Shaped Vinyl.
First performed in Cleeres Theatre in August 2006, we’ll be returning to our spiritual home for a two week run of our critically acclaimed debut. Heart Shaped Vinyl is a theatrical mix tape focusing on pop music, relationships and a whole lot of heartbreak in Ireland over the course of six decades. Originally set between 1962 and 2006, this new version adds a brand new story set in the years 2014 and 2016. The play is broken into Side A and Side B, both of which tell a different side of six different stories featuring an ensemble cast of 14 actors.
Heart Shaped Vinyl is the first play written by John Morton and was originally staged three times by Devious Theatre, in August 2006, June 2007 and October 2007. It has been hugely popular on the student drama circuit and has been presented in over ten different productions in the last decade. All previous productions of the play have sold out and for this one off commemorative edition, we expect tickets to be snapped up in advance. Tickets have now gone on sale and can be booked here. If you buy your tickets before Christmas, use the code DEVIOUS10 to get them for only €10.
Heart Shaped Vinyl will crank up its jukebox in Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny for eight performances only from 18th-21st and 25th-28th May 2016. The rest of our Devious 10 programme will be launched in the new year. For more details, keep an eye on this here website.
Props to Paddy Dunne, who designed the very first Heart Shaped Vinyl teaser in 2006 and who delivered another cracker here for the reissue.
Written on April 21, 2016
"Since you've got to go, oh you'd better go now..."The first album cover for Heart Shaped Vinyl has landed and we're kicking things off in chronological fashion with the 1960's. SIDE A: 1963 - Runaway by Del Shannon The Windmills have broken up after a disastrous gig. Julie's going solo. Is Gerry going with her? SIDE B: 1968 - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right by Bob Dylan Gerry and Julie reunite to talk about the showband days. But they're both having second thoughts. Simone Kelly and John Morton return to play the parts they originated in the first version of the play in 2006.
Simone Kelly reprises her role here after playing Julie in the 2006 and 2007 productions we staged. Other Devious Theatre credits include Beulah in Cannibal! The Musical, Lizzie in Trainspotting and Maria Feletti in Accidental Death Of An Anarchist. John Morton is the writer of this play and directs it here for the first time. He last directed The Union in 2015. Onstage credits with Devious Theatre include War Of Attrition, Bash, Smitten, Scratcher, Trainspotting and Cannibal! The Musical. For us, he has previously written Smitten, Scratcher and War Of Attrition. His last play Taboo was produced this past February in association with White Label.
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