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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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Developing The Union

the-union-rehearsals_kenmcguire-4 We've had a great time over the last few weeks developing our upcoming production The Union by Adrian Kavanagh. We got to spend some time down in our bunker in The Maltings workshopping the play with a cast, coming up with ideas, establishing the style of the piece and generally, wearing a lot of red. the-union-rehearsals_kenmcguire-3 Then we took a trip up to Dublin to show off some work in progress scenes as part of March Fringe Fuse on Monday night in Fringe Lab. The feedback we got on the night was really beneficial and it's given us a spring in our step going forward with the play. photo Adrian is going to spend the new few months working with us to finish the draft off and all the while we'll be putting the entire production together in the bunker. We're looking forward to unveiling some new work from a new writer and we can't wait to get it out there. Speaking of which, you'll be able to catch The Union when it plays Cleere's Theatre, Kilkenny from July 29th - August 1st. We will be launching full details including ticket sales, very soon indeed.
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United

11020272_10153164781884459_1642458523_n Yup, we're onto the next one... Adrian Kavanagh's first play for Devious Theatre gets its first run out next week. The Union will be presented as a work in progress at the March edition of Fringe Fuse in Dublin on Monday March 9th. We've been workshopping the play over the past week and we're delighted to show some of its early stage work to the public. The play documents the rise and fall of St. Dominic's Student Union as they try and solve the mystery of who stole €10,060 in hard earned funds a week before the presidential election. Over the past few years we've made a lot of work that looks at the effects of Ireland’s economic catastrophe on young people (be it sieges, floods, revolutions, zombies, drugs or hackers). Now, as things get a tad more optimistic, we're looking at young people as political entities themselves. It's about loyalty, corruption, idealism and how the truth can be twisted for any purpose. And it also just so happens to involve five characters locked in one room with their hopes, dreams and fears on the line. Yup, The Breakfast Club was a big influence on The Union and one we're taking a lot of inspiration from. And seeing as this coming week is the 30th anniversary of the release of that iconic movie in Ireland, its a nice time to show off some of our John Hughes inspired new work for the first time. the-union-rehearsals_kenmcguire-1 The cast for this Monday's preview are a well established Devious quintet of Alexandra Christle, Stephen Colfer, Kevin Mooney, Niamh Moroney and David Thompson. The performance is directed by John Morton. If you're interested in getting an early taste of The Union, drop down to Fringe Lab this Monday night at 7.30pm for March Fringe Fuse. Entry is €3 (with a beer) and you'll not get better value for money than that.
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Join Us…

10560278_10152879145813676_967604532850717737_oLast night we opened The Centre Of The Universe. Now we want you to join us... The first show is in the bag for John Doran's Show In A Bag after a rapturous opening night in Cleere's Theatre. The response was fantastic with quite a few people join his cult. A cult for you. Yes, happiness and joy abounded in Cleere's Theatre last night and that's what will happen if you embrace John's methodology's to overcome the big life challenges that will come your way. You have only three opportunities left to catch this life changing talk. Touch John and he will touch you. Join us in Cleere's from tonight until Saturday night. You can ensure your tickets here.
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Cult Fiction

IMG_4763The director of The Centre Of The Universe, John Morton, asks the show's writer and performer John Doran, some questions he knows the answers to and some he doesn't. So to begin, where did your initial idea behind the play come from? I wanted to perform a TED style talk to people about something along the lines of self-help.  I wasn't really sure where it would lead after that. Then I saw the work in progress version of Lippy in Theatre Machine Vol. III and I loved how frustrated the interviewer was at the operator in a really contained way. That kind of sparked the idea to have a guy who's clearly got some personal baggage going on while trying to seem composed and cool to an audience. From there, it was just amusing to write about and mess with. Why do you think you've got such a fascination with cults? I think what fascinates me about cults, self-help and motivational speaking is the unavoidable cynicism you experience when encountering these things. I guess that motivated me to put myself in their shoes and attempt justifying why a person would be a cult member who gives motivational self-help speeches. Why the hell would you do that?! I was pretty intrigued to figure out why. It was fun, dark and ultimately comical. Has your perception of cults changed all that much since creating and performing The Centre Of The Universe? Quite a bit. I originally thought that cults were just these things with crazy people in them and if you join one, you're a crazy person and the whole thing is just stupid. But once I started to write about why this character would join a cult, it made me look at cult members from a different angle. When I see a cult now, I'm more curious about what their demographic is, where the bulk of their membership comes from, any consistency in their enlistments that may create a clear picture to why they are successful and why exactly these specific people chose these specific cults. I guess I stopped judging them and started curiously looking at them, their people and their structures. What's the craziest thing you learned during researching the play? I think the craziest thing that I had to comes to to terms with was that a lot of most cults teachings aren't at all bad. This was difficult to admit because it could have potentially meant that in writing a play about a cult, I somehow wound up in a real one. Awkward. So naturally, I was reluctant to put to much thought into how I was finding myself casually agreeing with the teachings of certain cults. Luckily, it then became clear that what's actually wrong with cults is their insane ability to isolate, extort and emotionally blackmail people. I guess it's not that surprising to think that a cult would use basic, agreeable self-help disciplines in order to lure you in and eventually take all your money and have you work for free. The whole thing is fucking mental. Since first performing it last year, what aspects of it have you found people have responded to the most? What was really surprising was the amount of people who admitted to practising the same central technique that the character demonstrates in their own lives. I think it may be because of the character's pretty common circumstances. Young person who's out of college a year. Jobless. A bit lost, looking for meaning (or even better) something to just do. I think we all hit that bump at some point. If you could join any cult, which one and why? The second coming of Jesus cult in Siberia. Amazing digs. Beautiful location. Affordable. All you need to do is give them your passport and your in. Look it up. The Centre Of The Universe plays Cleere's Theatre, Kilkenny from Wednesday February 11th to Saturday February 14th at 8pm nightly. You can book your tickets in person in Cleere's, by phone on 056-7762573 or online here. Join us...
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Cork Is The Centre Of The Universe

IMG_4780We all knew that, right? We'll be opening up our account for 2015 tomorrow with the first performance of The Centre Of The Universe and we're delighted to be doing it in the rebel county, which is also where we debuted Some Flood around this time last year. Quarter Block Party is a cool as shit three day line up of music, theatre, art and many discussions in between as well as great buzz, great people and what will undoubtedly be a whole tonne of fun. And quite aptly, The Centre Of The Universe will be at the centre of this artistic universe when it plays tomorrow at 5.30pm. It's the first run out for the show this week and will definitely warm up the rubbery, active muscles of John Doran before our hometown run next week. For Quarter Block Party, it's best recommended that you make a weekend out of it, so pick up some weekend passes, dive into the programme and have yourself a creative, inspiring weekend down in Cork. For the full programme, click here.
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Cult Of Personality

"A cult? Like a cult cult? Like a sect? A movement do you mean? One of them new found religions? Why should I join a cult? Aren’t I generally supposed to stay away from cults? Aren’t they just weird?"
COU PHOTO (10)John Doran's The Centre Of The Universe focuses on a young man who sets up his own cult. Yes, a cult. Everybody's got a different idea of what a cult is. From David Koresh to David Icke to Charles Manson to Jonestown to eh, Scientology. And generally, those ideas we have aren't very positive. In this show, John dissects the cult mentality and looks at how society can benefit from people creating a cult centred entirely around themselves. It's a fresh, novel take on the idea of cults, mindfulness and self help talks. And it's also very funny. And you might just find yourself in a cult by the end of it. If you want to join John for his talk, then join us next week as The Centre Of The Universe opens our account for 2015 in Cork as part of Quarter Block Party. Then we'll be following that up with a trip to Kilkenny when we hit Cleeres Theatre from February 11th-14th. Tickets have gone on sale behind the counter in Cleeres so pop in if you want to grab them. As for online sales, get them while they're hot, and they're hot right here.
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Take A Walk Down Bridge Street

IMG_5784 We've been spending this week down in lovely Cork undertaking a development week on Bridge Street which we are making in collaboration with Corcadorca, Equinox Theatre Company and Studio Weave. Pat Kiernan of Corcadorca and John Morton of this parish have been spending the week at the Theatre Development Centre in Triskel Arts Centre working away on the piece. IMG_5782Lots of pieces of papers have been written and drawn on, torn up, stuck to walls, stuck to chairs and generally thrown around. Videos have been watched, stories have been read and the research material has been digested. Most of the work has been plotting out the play on the street itself. It's a lot of figuring out what happens where and why it happens. Bridge Street will be performed entirely on the street and it's various buildings, homes, pubs, shops and lanes. It's going to be a completely immersive experience for the audience so this week has been spent immersing ourselves in the stories of the street and the history of Callan. A lot of new and exciting ideas have bubbled to the surface and the shape of the piece is looking a little sturdier now. A very rough recreation of the street itself has been mapped out and tomorrow evening we'll be walking people through it when we present it as part of this Friday's sharing session in the TDC. If you want to look at what we've been doing so far, join us tomorrow evening at 6pm in the TDC for a look. It's free of charge so pop on in and take a walk down Bridge Street with us.
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Four For 2015

At the beginning of the year, we usually like to lay out our stall and tell people what they can expect from us. Sometimes it's possible, sometimes it's not but in the case of 2015, we can confirm what kinds of devious theatre you'll be seeing from us over the next 12 months. We're very excited about this years work and we hope you will be too. Here's what we've got lined up: #1: The Centre Of The Universe COU PHOTO (7)John Doran's one man show premiered as an acclaimed Show In A Bag offering at last years Tiger Dublin Fringe. It's hitting the road in 2015 and we're delighted to be producing it. Directed by John Morton, it tells the story of a disillusioned young man who decides to set up his own cult. It's a frenetic mix of comedy and drama all anchored by a tour de force turn from Doran. Think of it as a TED talk that spins off in some wild directions and you're in the ballpark. We've been itching to do a one man show for a while and no better one man than John Doran. It plays Quarter Block Party on February 7th before a Kilkenny run in the intimate confines of Cleeres Theatre from February 11th to 14th. It will be hitting the road later in the year. You can get your tickets here. #2: Bridge Street IMG_5415We're excited to be involved in our first co-production and we couldn't have a better project than Bridge Street. Working alongside Corcadorca, Equinox Theatre Company and Studio Weave, the site specific show explores a street in a regular Irish town struggling to keep onto the purpose it once had. Bridge Street (recently explored in The Irish Times series The Street) was once a prominent midway point between Cork and Dublin, it's had a long and storied history and over the course of this show, audiences will get to explore it. Bridge Street is being directed by Pat Kiernan and scripted by John Morton. For anyone who hasn't had a chance to see the amazing work being done in Callan in places like KCAT, Fennelly's and Equinox, then make sure you book a ticket for this summer's Abhainn Ri Festival. In the meantime, check out Equinox's The Memory Box which is on tour next month. #3: Vultures IMG_0856_3_2Okay, we thought it would happen last year but broadcast dates aren't ours to decide so we've just been sitting in dark rooms adding more sinister sound effects. This new 20 part radio serial will hit the airwaves (and the web) in 2015. The Detective Union Of Ireland AGM is thrown into turmoil when Ireland's greatest sleuth Basil Maguire is murdered. Who would murder a detective in a hotel full of detectives? A frantic race to uncover the culprit (and win the bragging rights) ensues. The case is investigated by 6 narrators and the show employs a wide and varied voice cast playing multiple parts. That cast are Stephen Colfer, Ross Costigan, John Doran, Amy Dunne, Seán Hackett, Ken McGuire, John Morton, Niamh Moyles, Suzanne O'Brien and David Thompson. To get warmed up, check out the previous incarnation of Vultures. #4: The Union TheUnion-ForWebThe second of our Little Deviations: Volume 1 crop comes to fruition following on from Some Flood last year. Adrian Kavanagh has done some fantastic work with his company Spark Productions over the past few years and we're excited to be bringing the work of another new Kilkenny writer to the stage. And with a Carlow setting, we're definitely getting cosy with the neighbours this year. (Vultures is also set, and was recorded, in Carlow). Keeping it south east! A very noir tinged, Breakfast Club inspired, locked room mystery story, The Union sees the five members of St. Dominic's Student Union stuck in their office with a missing €5,000, a huge loan to pay off, a looming election and a tense amount of interpersonal friction. Backs will be stabbed, hearts will be broke and throats will be cut when The Union visit Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny from July 29th to August 1st this summer. We're hoping to add a few more dates along the way so stay tuned. This is us for 2015. We hope you'll come to see us along the way! If you'd like to support this work further, please consider joining our Friends Of Devious Theatre programme. There are plenty of perks involved and you'd be really helping the cause. Stay tuned here for more details.
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