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The List Made Flesh

The Hellfire Squad - Textless Say your prayers, The Hellfire Squad have risen. Here's your first look at the cast of characters in our upcoming production. Michael Collins list has been made flesh. Back Row (L-R): Ed Murphy, Dave Fleming, David Fennelly, John Morton, Stephen Colfer. Front Row (L-R): John Doran, Annette O'Shea, Peter McGann. Their characters and roles in the Squad will be revealed in an upcoming character poster. A work blessing, gun running, porter swilling, scheme hatching, agent killing, hooley throwing, ballad singing, yarn spinning, card playing, hurl swinging, bomb rigging, shit kicking, freedom fighting, bullet spewing, hell blazing shower of miscreants as you'll ever meet. God bless the work of our producer Ken McGuire who shot and designed this image. Also, god bless the work of our brilliant designer Helen McGinty who brought the characters to life. Join us in Dublin in Project Arts Centre from July 18th-23rd and Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from July 28-30. Tickets are onsale now.
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The Chosen Ones

The Hellfire Squad - Cast The cast of our next production The Hellfire Squad has been announced and to quote the play itself, it's a tidy little wreckin' crew we're putting together. So, from left to right, let's meet them... Stephen Colfer has worked with Devious Theatre since our inception and this marks his first full onstage role in 7 years. He last appeared as part of The Hellfire Squad cast in Little Deviations: Volume 1. Other Devious Theatre credits include Vultures, Stags and Hens, Shakespeare In Bits, Trainspotting and Cannibal! The Musical. Stephen appeared in and co-wrote Dreamgun’s debut theatre performance, Chaos Theory, which had a sold out run at Edinburgh Fringe 2015. He will be returning to Edinburgh this year with their new show Mimes In Time. Other roles include The Beggar’s Opera in the Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, Deadly for The Abbey Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing for AC Productions and Blood Ties for The Focus Theatre. Film performances include Swerve for Mycrofilms, Live for Live Productions and several appearance in various Dreamgun shorts. John Doran last appeared with us in his one man show The Centre Of The Universe (Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014/Show In A Bag). He also co-wrote and directed Some Flood in 2014. Other Devious Theatre credits include War Of Attrition, Vultures, Shakespeare In Bits, Stags and Hens and Cannibal! The Musical. Other credits include Care (Willfredd Theatre), Enjoy (Rough Magic Seeds) Me Michael (Abbey Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (The Gate Theatre) It Folds (Brokentalkers), The Last Post (Just the Lads), 24 Hours SitcomHuman Child (Collapsing Horse), Die Fledermaus (Aoife Spillane-Hinks), Romeo & Juliet (Corcadorca), Fishes (Bewleys Theatre), Durang Durang (Brazen Tales). David Fennelly makes his Devious Theatre debut in The Hellfire Squad. David graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting Full Time Acting Course in June 2009. He made his screen debut with a supporting role in Nick Hamms Killing Bono. He has since featured in Game of Thrones (HBO), Half Shade (UNA Films) What Richard Did (Element Pictures) and Sanctuary (Venom Productions). David wrote and performed in the stage play Fishes. Fishes was recently made into a short film The Caller in which David also acted. Recent theatre credits include This Lime Tree Bower (Project Arts Centre) Advocacy (Best Ensemble Fringe ’14), Fishes (Stuart Parker Bursary ’14), Mavericks (Theatre Upstairs/ Bewleys Theatre) and two once off performances in Abbey Theatre with 24 Hour Plays and Seven Jewish Children. Dave Fleming also makes his Devious Theatre debut in The Hellfire Squad. Dave began his acting career in UCD Dramsoc. Credits include Jacob in Spectres (Sickle Moon Productions, Theatre Upstairs), Mick Curley in From the Shannon to the Somme (Kings House, Boyle), Jake in Stones in his Pockets (CAS Productions, National Tour), Antonio in The Merchant of Venice (devise+conquer Productions, National Tour), Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (CYEBO Productions, Teachers’ Club), Warwick in The Lark (Fast Intent, Smock Alley) and Nick in Tonight Everthing’s Going to Change (Back of the Hand, Filmbase). Screen credits include See You (Warrior Films, RTE Shortscreen) and The Hit Producer (Hit Producer Films and Ned Kelly Pictures). Dave is also the co-writer and co-star of popular webseries The Goo (Awake and Sing Productions). Peter McGann is the co-writer of The Hellfire Squad. Previous onstage appearances with Devious Theatre include the role of the Ents Officer in The Union as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1. He has a Masters in screenwriting from the Huston Film School, NUIG. He wrote and directed the short films The Eyeball Waltz, Go West, Sure Look This Is It and Not Tonight. The Eyeball Waltz was shown as part of the Fastnet Film Festival in 2014. He writes and performs as Dick Liver on Republic Of Telly and as stand-up comedian Liam Nugent in online shorts and the upcoming one-man show An Evening With Liam Nugent. As an actor he has appeared in short films Cavalier, Safari Springs, Hot Water Bottle, Daffney Malloy And Other Catastrophes, Colossus, Barry and Swerve. He was in the Storyland pilot Smitten and the upcoming feature film Locus Of Control. John Morton is also a co-writer of The Hellfire Squad. A founding member of Devious Theatre, he has also written the plays War Of Attrition, Scratcher, Smitten and Heart Shaped Vinyl, which he recently directed in a new version staged in Cleeres Theatre last month. Onstage credits for us include Heart Shaped Vinyl, War Of Attrition, Bash, Scratcher, Smitten, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, Stags and Hens, Cannibal! The Musical and Trainspotting. Film and television work includes Locus Of Control, Old Fangs, ZenithLove/Hate, Republic Of Telly, Tobias And The Tree and Fading Away. Other writing includes the community theatre project Bridge Street Will Be (Asylum/Equinox) and Mass by The LSA (Dublin Fringe Festival). His most recent play Taboo (White Label) was performed in The New Theatre in February 2016, directed by Sarah Baxter. Eddie Murphy has previously appeared for Devious Theatre in Some Flood, Night Of The Living Dead, Shakespeare In Bits, Stags and Hens and Cannibal! The Musical. Eddie also directed Tenterhooks, one of the five pieces presented at Little Deviations: Volume 1. Other stage credits include TEXT|Messages (Project Arts Centre), Twelfth Night (AC Productions), Strange Attractors (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Fused (Dublin Fringe Festival 2013), This Is It (Just The Lads). Film and television credits include Reign, Gardar in History's Vikings, the lead role of Danny in Mark Sheridan's new feature film Crone Wood, Jim Sheridan's new feature film The Secret Scripture, Fir Bolg, a comedy mini-series for TG4, and a role in director Brian Dean's Storyland web series CTRL. Annette O'Shea last appeared for us in the role of 'The Bould' Kathleen Sweeney in The Hellfire Squad as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1. She will reprise that role in the full production. Previous credits for Devious Theatre includes Bash, Scratcher and both productions of Smitten. Other stage credits include Before The Party directed by Tom Conti for Bill Kenwright Productions, Madame Knorr in On The Razzle (Pleasance Theatre), Mary Shelley (Pleasance Theatre), The Twelfth Night, Enlightenment, Hindle Wakes, The Rivals The Lady's Tragedy (LAMDA), The Crucible (Keegan Theatre, Washington) and Lovers for Watergate Productions in Kilkenny. We'll be revealing the nature of their roles in the coming week so stay tuned for that. This cast will be joining a creative team including Sarah Baxter (Director), Ken McGuire (Producer/Sound Designer), Helen McGinty (Designer), Sinead Heavin (Stage Manager), Adrian Mullan (Lighting Design) and Ken Bourke (Dramaturg). The Hellfire Squad plays Project Arts Centre from July 18-23 and if you buy your tickets before June 20th you can avail of 25% off. It will then play The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from July 28-30 as part of this years AKA programme. God bless the work.
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4th Annual Great Big Devious Table Game of General Knowledge Show?

Devious Table Quiz Yes, our ridiculously long titled table quiz night is back for its 4th annual run out. Join us at Brewery Corner on June 9th for our big annual fundraising shindig. It's all to help the funding of our Devious 10 programme for the year and all funds raised will go towards the making of new shows and the development of new plays. Test your knowledge, test your might, get your table quiz study on and settle in for rounds on local history, music, tv, theatre, sport, recreated movie scenes and much more! There are lots of novelty rounds, spot prizes galore, fun bits to be won and it's only €20 for a table of four! We've got prizes of lots of theatrical tickets, whiskey, vouchers, CD's and tickets a whole lot of gigs in Brewery Corner. Register teams in advance (and guarantee a table) by emailing Or you can just show up on the night at 8pm in Brewery Corner! But it won't guarantee you a table and you may have to sit at the bar like those poor suckers last year.
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To Hearts!

13256521_10154152045844286_2734127931303903219_n Thank you all SO much for attending Heart Shaped Vinyl over the past two weeks in Cleeres Theatre. 10 years from when we started up, we couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate the company and kick off our Devious 10 year. The audiences were fantastic, the support was overwhelming. We had such an amazing cast and crew on this, you wouldn't begin to believe. The photo above (thanks to Hazel Fahy for snapping them together) is our last night of the play in 2007 and our last night of the play in this run. Some days they last longer than others... The last two weeks have been exhilarating, emotional, bittersweet and an absolute blast from beginning to end. We would do it all over again in a heartbeat. To hearts! X DTC
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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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