Author Archive | John Morton

Smitten Goes To Storyland

Smitten-promo-image-2 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. Bronagh (Annette O'Shea) and Dave (Kevin Mooney) 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. Smitten_RteStoryland_PilotWEB-1107 Tony (Jack O'Leary) and Cat (Amy Dunne) breaking up during Smitten by Devious Theater at No. 76 John Street this week. Pic: Pat Moore. 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. Smitten_RteStoryland_PilotWEB-1136 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.
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Devious 10: Heart Shaped Vinyl

hsv-teaser-web 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.
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Devious Theatre vs. The Nativity

variety concert For our final trick of the year, we'll be taking part in tomorrow nights Watergate Theatre Variety Concert fundraiser where we finally tackle the holy grail of theatre. Yes that's right, we're doing The Nativity. Which probably had an air of inevitability about it. 3 Wise Boys will be performed by Alexandra Christle, Adrian Kavanagh, Gary McDonald and Colin O'Brien. It's a boy band in a talent show story with a Nativity twist to proceedings. It's written by Adrian Kavanagh and will be a very devious take on buying presents for a small baby. 12308905_1029864573743978_1185305103_n There's a great line up of Kilkenny talent performing on the night so come along and help raise some funds for our local theatre. To book your tickets, take a trip over here.
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Join Us…

cou-new-15 For the last time this year, join us for the final two performances of The Centre Of The Universe. John Doran's one man Show In A Bag makes its return tonight in The International Bar in Dublin and plays again tomorrow night. Tickets for both performances are nearly gone but a few remain. If you'd like to ensure your seat at this witty and informative talk, please RSVP by contacting John at centreoftheyou@gmail.com.
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Dublin, Join Us…

cou-poster-dublin_web To round out our year, The Centre Of The Universe will be circling back to where it started: Dublin. For the first time since last years debut Tiger Dublin Fringe run, John Doran's one man tour de force show in a bag returns to the capital for two performances only. This acclaimed cult comedy (literally) will take a two night bow in The International Bar on November 26th and 27th at 7.30pm nightly. Tickets for the show are a cut price €8 and seats will be limited. The show will not be ticketed and entry is on a first come first served basis on the night. So please, for the last time in 2015, join us...
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Centering Back

11836895_10152933003131746_6855424422367883992_n John Doran's one man cult comedy The Centre Of The Universe returns this week for a run at West Cork Fit Up Theatre Festival. We've also just announced a one off, final Kilkenny performance on August 11th as part of AKA, Kilkenny's new arts fringe festival. John is hitting West Cork this week for 6 performances all over West Cork starting in Timoleague tomorrow night and finishing in Ballydehob on Sunday night. For the full run down of dates, check out their website. We'll be coming back to Kilkenny next week to perform the show one final time on Tuesday August 11th upstairs in Brewery Corner on Parliament Street. It's the final time the show is going to get a runout at home. It's also nice to be part of the inaugural Alternative Kilkenny Arts programme. If you want tickets for the Kilkenny performance, here you go.
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The State Of The Union

theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-9 The curtain has fallen on The Union after a two week run and an absolutely jam packed 4 night sold out string of performances in Cleeres Theatre. The buzz surrounding the show was something to behold and we couldn't be happier with how the show was received. Thanks to our amazing cast and crew and to the writer Adrian Kavanagh who did stellar work getting the show to the stage.Thanks so much to all you wonderful, wonderful people who came to see The Union and clapped and shouted and cheered and ovationed and happily took all the debris when the cast trashed the set every night. You were all sublime. Now, we're going to nurse our post show blues and raise an invisible glass... St. Dominic's Forever! Here's some choice pics from the show. theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-3theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-17theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-21theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-24theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-27theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-13All photos by Ken McGuire Photography. The man wears many hats.
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Big Daddy’s 90’s Night

theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-34 Another sold out house for The Union last night in Cleere's Theatre. Thanks to everyone who's been rocking on in so far! For all y'all looking for the full 90's Night playlist from The Union, here's every tune that's spun on the night. For more of Big Daddy's musical stylings, the next performance of The Union is tonight at 8pm in Cleere's Theatre. Tune! Step On - The Happy Mondays Regulate - Warren G & Nate Dogg Jump Around - House Of Pain Carnaval de Paris - Dario G Connection - Elastica Good Vibrations - Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch Sabotage - Beastie Boys Whatta Man - Salt N Pepa Mo Money Mo Problems - The Notorious B.I.G. Block Rockin' Beats - The Chemical Brothers All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo Never Forget - Take That I Wanna Be Adored - Stone Roses Sexy Boy - Air Freed From Desire - Gala Would I Lie To You? - Charles & Eddie The Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim Baby One More Time - Britney Spears La Passion - Gigi D'Agostino The Man Don't Give A Fuck - Super Furry Animals Want tickets? devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/
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Giving It Socs

Ahead of tonight's opening in Cleere's Theatre, here's the brand spanking new trailer for The Union. Have a look and see St. Dominic's Student Union literally giving it socs. The trailer takes its cue from the yearbook scene in Rushmore so we'll just chalk it down as a homage in the same way the show itself homages The Breakfast Club. It was a nice opportunity to explore some of the more eclectic activities on offer at this failing college and provides a nice backdrop for the events of the play and the titular union who are trying to set the best example they can. But ideals are very hard to maintain. KIlkenny minor hurling championship final with Dicksboro & O'Loughlin Gaels. Photo: Ken McGuire Come watch the rise and fall of the self proclaimed sexiest student union in Ireland when the show opens tonight, July 29th, in Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny. The show runs until this Saturday August 1st, kicking off at 8pm nightly with tickets costing €12. If you want to book online, click here. We hope you'll be giving it socs with us.
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United. Together. In Bits.

The Union Main Poster Here's The Union in full flight for the main poster for the show. Ahead of this weeks opening here's the whole cast in all their glory in this Breakfast Club riffing image from Ken McGuire. And yeah, we're definitely playing up The Breakfast Club homaging here. Homage and stealing are such a fine line though. Which is probably theme appropriate. bclub1 Who wore it better though? Hard to tell. We'll be extending the John Hughes influence into the play when it opens this week in Cleere's Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny. Adrian Kavanagh's mystery comedy is about a student union in crisis trying to locate missing funds. Backs will be stabbed, hearts will be broken and throats will be cut. We’re going to see how united this Union really is... The show plays for 4 nights only so demand will be high and tickets will be limited. The Union performs from July 29th-August 1st at 8pm nightly. Tickets €12. #theatre #theunion #stdominics4ever http://devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/  
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