Lie. Cheat. Steal. Graduate.

teaser-poster-union Here's our first teaser poster for our next production The Union. Adrian Kavanagh's first play for us has been in the works for a while now and we're looking forward to debuting the show in Kilkenny from July 29th to August 1st in Cleere's Theatre. The Union is a furiously funny dramatic retelling of the rise and fall of St. Dominic’s Student Union. The play takes place in the final days of the current student union regime in a failing regional college. Five erstwhile colleagues are locked in one room knowing that one of them stole the €10,060 fundraised cash that their reputations, hopes, dreams, careers and election campaigns are hinged on. Backs will be stabbed, hearts will be broke and throats will be cut. The clock is ticking. We’re going to see how united this Union really is. The show will be directed by John Morton, produced by Ken McGuire, designed by Kate Moylan and stage managed by Aidan Doheny, all of whom worked on last years production of Some Flood. The cast is still being finalised but we'll be announcing the five strong union very soon. Along with the first poster, we've also just launched ticket sales for the show. We're doing a 4 night run of the show in Kilkenny and unlike our previous shows this is absolutely the only run of The Union in our hometown so with a limited capacity in Cleere's, if you want tickets you might want to grab them right here.
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Ear Binge

IMG_0848_2 After its four week run on KCLR96FM, our new radio series Vultures is now online for your listening pleasure. The 20 episode run of the murder mystery serial is included here in all its different chapters with different contributions from the show's narrators Janine Drew (Suzanne O'Brien), Niall Tennyson (Seán Hackett), Dan McGrain (David Thompson), Jim Vultour (John Morton), Jack Street (Ross Costigan) and Ned Savage (John Doran). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2QC6FcitfQ The show will be rebroadcast by KCLR96FM as a two part radio drama later in the year and we'll be including the full, chapter by chapter, radio version online as a podcast. For the moment, you can go to our Vultures page and listen to all our wares.
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Birds Eye View

Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1002 Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1004Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1010 Making a radio series was an absolute hoot, if you discount all the cabin fever we suffered and the spread of many airborne diseases. Here's a behind the scenes look at the making of our current radio series Vultures, with some stealthy photos from Ross Costigan Photography. Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1003 Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1007 Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1011 We recorded the series in KCLR96FM's Carlow studios (which we were very lucky to have all to ourselves) over a 5 day period. Here's a look at the cast of Stephen Colfer, Ross Costigan, John Doran, Amy Dunne, Seán Hackett, Ken McGuire, John Morton, Niamh Moyles, Suzanne O’Brien and David Thompson in action, sometimes in costume and sometimes, not. We're into the last week of Vultures airing live on KCLR96FM so if you want to catch up with all episodes of our show so far, you can do so here.
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Vultures: The Soundcheck

Here's a promo trailer for our new murder mystery radio serial Vultures. It features the characters from the show sound checking before they record the show and eh... fictionally it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. But whatever about that, if you've never seen Vultures before this will give you an idea of the faces in front of (behind?) the voices. Our new 20 part comedy series has been bringing a new episode to KCLR96FM at 1.45pm and 5.45pm each week day. It will run on air up until April 17th but if you're missing any episodes, fear not as you can catch up right here. For more on Vultures, please visit VulturesPI.com.
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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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