Author Archive | John Morton

Play Until Fade Out…

HSV - 1968 HSV - Jimmy, Deedee, Bryan This weeks entire run of Heart Shaped Vinyl in Cleeres Theatre has been sold out. All four nights for this week are gone with a small chance of returns on the door if you want to take a punt. For the past 4 performances Cleeres Theatre has been stretched to capacity. devious-80s-9 devious-90s-5 Thanks so much to everyone who has bought tickets for the show and come along to support us in the last two weeks. What a wonderful way to celebrate our 10th birthday and kick off the Devious 10 programme. devious-00s-8 13288288_10154242342164459_1274311569_o We're playing until fade out...
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Cranking Up The Jukebox

We cranked up the jukebox last night and belted out the first performance of Heart Shaped Vinyl. HUGE thanks to the packed house that came out for the first re-playing of the show. Feels so good to bring it back to the stage after all this time. Here's a selection of shots from the show. It also shows off the fantastic set design from Eddie Brennan and Niamh Moroney's lovely lighting. hsv - Julie and Gerry HSV - Deedee HSV - 1980s HSV - Grainne HSV - 2000s HSV - Maggie As a heads up on the ticket front for those asking, they're split between John Cleere's Bar & Theatre and online sales - you can book online here up to 6pm before the show. If they're not available online, don't be disappointed, there may be tickets still in Cleere's. If they're out in Cleere's and out online, well, you know the score...
We go again tonight, 8pm. No better way to spend a Thursday night in Kilkenny this week...
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Track Listing

13234767_10154227104694459_124597204_o Heart Shaped Vinyl opens tonight in Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny. Our sound checking, mic testing and light arranging is done. The players have tuned up the band and we're ready to go. Here's the track listing... TRACK LISTING  SIDE A 1963 – Runaway by Del Shannon JULIE GERRY  1977 - I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges DEEDEE JIMMY 1988 - What Difference Does It Make by The Smiths LIAM SUE 1997 – Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley GRAINNE DES 2003 - I Am Trying To Break Your Heart by Wilco SEAN KATE 2014 – Heartbreaker by Alabama Shakes MAGGIE LOUISE SIDE B 1968 – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Bob Dylan GERRY JULIE 1979 - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend by The Ramones JIMMY BRYAN DEEDEE 1989 – Close To Me by The Cure SUE MAEVE LIAM 1999 - End Of A Century by Blur DES GRAINNE 2006 - Ill See Your Heart And Ill Raise You Mine by Bell X1 KATE SEAN 2016 – Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe by Kendrick Lamar LOUISE MAGGIE
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Heart Shaped Vinyl opens in John Cleere’s Bar & Theatre  this Wednesday night running from May 18th-21st / 25th-28th at 8pm nightly. Book your tickets online here.
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Heart Shaped Vinyl – 2010’s

HSV - 2010's The final Heart Shaped Vinyl album cover takes us right up to the present day as we issue a brand new decade, the 2010's. SIDE A 2014 - Heartbreaker by Alabama Shakes Louise is a DJ. Maggie is a punter. But is the customer always right? SIDE B: 2016 - Bitch, Don't Kill my Vibe by Kendrick Lamar Maggie and Louise are experiencing some irreconcilable musical differences. Niamh Moroney and Amy Dunne play Maggie and Louise in Heart Shaped Vinyl. Niamh Moroney - Maggie Niamh is a founding member of Devious Theatre. Previous onstage credits include Night Of The Living Dead, Smitten, Cannibal! The Musical and Heart Shaped Vinyl. She most recently appeared in her own one woman show Yer Wan. Directing credits include Trainspotting (with John Morton) and War Of Attrition. She will next appear in her own show Pulled which premieres this autumn. Amy Dunne - Louise Amy appeared in the original production of Heart Shaped Vinyl. Other credits with us include Cannibal! The Musical, Smitten, Scratcher, Bash, War Of Attrition and as part of the voice casts in The War Of The Worlds and Vultures. Other credits include Daughters Of The Revolution (4elements) and Da (Watergate Productions). Amy is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. Heart Shaped Vinyl opens in John Cleere’s Bar & Theatre  this Wednesday night running from May 18th-21st / 25th-28th at 8pm nightly. Tickets for the show can be booked here. This series of posters are designed by  Ken McGuire.
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Heart Shaped Vinyl – 2000’s

HSV - 2000's The next album cover for Heart Shaped Vinyl plants us right to where we ended the first production of the play, the 2000's. SIDE A: 2003 - I Am Trying To Break Your Heart by Wilco On the last day of school, Sean has made a mixtape for Kate and he's hoping she's really listening. SIDE B: 2006 - I'll See Your Heart And I'll Raise You Mine by Bell X1 Post college, Kate decides to put her friendship with Sean on the line. Colin O'Brien and Anne-Marie O'Brien play Sean and Kate in Heart Shaped Vinyl. Colin O’Brien has been acting with us for five years now. He last played The Welfare Officer in The Union by Adrian Kavanagh last July. Previous Devious Theatre credits include Night Of The Living Dead and the roles of Adam in Phantasm and Marko in Shifting, both by John Kennedy. Anne-Marie O’Brien makes her Devious Theatre debut here. 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 which played Cleeres Theatre in August 2013 and The Last Of The Freshers by Adrian Kavanagh. Heart Shaped Vinyl returns to John Cleere’s Bar & Theatre next week running from May 18th-21st / 25th-28th. Tickets for the show can be booked here. This series of posters are designed by  Ken McGuire himself.
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Heart Shaped Vinyl – 1990’s

13187900_10154212436179459_347448813_n The next album cover for Heart Shaped Vinyl plants us right into the 1990's SIDE A: 1997 – Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley Grainne and Des are on a blind date that's sinking fast. SIDE B: 1999 - End Of A Century by Blur Grainne and Des are fighting a custody battle over their music collections. Hazel Fahy and Ken McGuire play Grainne and Des in Heart Shaped Vinyl. Hazel Fahy was part of the Heart Shaped Vinyl cast in 2007 when she played the role of Maeve. She also directed the play for NUI Maynooth Dramasoc in 2006 in what was the first non Devious production. Other credits for Devious Theatre include Joanie in Cannibal! The Musical and Margherita in Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! as part of our Dario Fo Season. Ken McGuire is a founding member of Devious Theatre. He last appeared onstage in Little Deviations: Volume 1 in The Hellfire Squad. Other stage credits include Heart Shaped Vinyl, Cannibal! The Musical, Trainspotting, Smitten, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! and Bash. He’s produced most of our shows, acted in lots of them and still manages to present a show on KCLR on weekday afternoons. Heart Shaped Vinyl returns to John Cleere’s Bar & Theatre next week running from May 18th-21st / 25th-28th. Tickets for the show can be booked here. This series of posters designed by the bold Ken McGuire himself.
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We Are 10

[caption id="attachment_6607" align="aligncenter" width="589"]L-R: Kevin Mooney, John Morton, Niamh Moroney, Ken McGuire. L-R: Kevin Mooney, John Morton, Niamh Moroney, Ken McGuire.[/caption] 10 years ago today these four (and Angela Barrett who we're missing) sat down for an excessively long breakfast outside the Marble City Tea Rooms and set up the theatre company that a week later (after much crossing off of lists) was christened The Devious Theatre Company. We were soon joined by the brilliant Paddy Dunne who would help steer the company over the next 5 years. We're very proud of the work we've done collectively and seperately in that time. We're celebrating by publishing the most presentable photo of us that exists. Thanks to everyone for their support, encouragement and applause in that time. It's been a great decade! We're also celebrating by restaging our first show Heart Shaped Vinyl from next week. Come celebrate with us!
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Heart Shaped Vinyl – 1980’s

HSV 1980's The next album cover for Heart Shaped Vinyl takes us to the heady days of the 1980's. SIDE A: 1988 - What Difference Does It Make by The Smiths Sue is staying in Liam's for the first time. But he's really concerned about getting the music right. SIDE B: 1989 - Close To Me by The Cure Liam and Sue are going through a rough patch but Liam and Maeve are getting on just fine. Alan Butler, Mairead Kiernan and Aoibhín Murphy play Liam, Sue and Maeve in Heart Shaped Vinyl. Alan Butler has previously 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 appeared in Watergate Productions and Barnstorm’s co-production of Translations. 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. 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.
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.
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Heart Shaped Vinyl – 1970’s

HSV 1970's The second album cover for Heart Shaped Vinyl takes us into the era of punk and everything's gotten that much scuzzier. SIDE A: 1977 - I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges Deedee is a punk rocker. And her favourite band are The Skidmarks. Her latest memento? Their lead singer Jimmy Skids. SIDE B: 1979 - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend by The Ramones The Pope is in Ireland and punk is on the way out. A despairing Jimmy doesn't want to move with the times. But the times have moved Deedee towards Bryan. Kevin Mooney, Alexandra Christle and Philip Brennan play Jimmy, Deedee and Bryan in Heart Shaped Vinyl. 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 Devious Theatre credits include Some Flood (which he co-wrote), Night Of The Living Dead and Smitten. He also co-wrote our radio version of The War Of The Worlds. He last appeared in The Elephant Man by KATS in The Watergate Theatre.
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.
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Heart Shaped Vinyl – 1960’s

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"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.
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.
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