We’ve finished the recording side of our new radio project Vultures. We spent a week workshopping, rehearsing, practicing and finally recording the show and the raw material for our new murder mystery hour and a bit is sounding great so we’re looking forward to knocking into the edit and getting these 20 episodes together.
Thanks to everyone in KCLR Carlow who made us feel at home as we took over their studio (oftentimes in costume) and spent a lot of time screaming and shouting.
There’s no scheduled broadcast date for Vultures as of yet (2014 is a good bet though) but as soon as we know, you’ll know! Keep the ears peeled!
As 2013 begins to wind down somewhat and we begin start casting our eyes towards 2014, it’s come to the time of the year where we start tidying up our archive and putting everything away for safe keeping until we need it again!
On that note, we’ve got a whole lot of lovely War Of Attrition stills from the Kilkenny run courtesy of Ross Costigan Photography.They cover a good chunk of the show so if you missed War Of Attrition and you want a flavour of what the show was about, these lovely stills are a good place to start. We’ll soon be adding to these some stills from the Galway run and then the War Of Attrition war chest of production stills and bits and bobs will be entirely complete!
You can check Ross’ archive over here and for our own collection (and all other Devious Theatre related photo goodness) put an eyeball to our Flickr account.
And for our next deviation, we are delighted to announce that we are making our return to radio drama with Vultures, a new detective comedy serial for radio and web broadcast. We will be releasing 20 short episodes onto the airwaves and the web in early 2014.
The show is being produced in conjunction with KCLR96FM and 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. It’s taken us a lot longer than we imagined but we’re finally following it up!
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 dicks 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 the 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.
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 stage and we’re excited to put a brand new spin on these small time detectives in small town Ireland. The cast head into the studio in early November to record the show which will be broadcast on KCLR96FM in 2014 as well as being made available in podcast form.
For more information on Vultures, check out www.VulturesPI.com.
And we’re done!
War Of Attrition finished at Galway Theatre Festival on Thursday amidst a hail of celebration, high fiving and general jubilation. It was great to finish the show in the City Of Tribes, especially considering it was our first time performing a show there. It was great to finally check out the festival first hand. There was a fantastic line up on display and we just wish we had time to see more of it! Props to Kate Costello and her team for putting together such a great programme. The buzz was great and we just soaked up as much eatin’ and drinkin’ and craic as we could. Props also to the team at An Taibhdhearc who made us feel at home in their gorgeous theatre. Seriously, we had a massive crush on this theatre. Such a brilliant space to perform a show.
The three shows themselves went great and the new cast of John Doran, Amy Dunne and John Morton made a formidable army of three. Fair play to Amy who got the whole part together in the last forthnight and absolutely nailed it. What a trooper!
So that’s the show done and dusted, for now at least. After the last couple of months hard at work, our crack team of theatre makers are all exhilarated but exhausted. War Of Attrition may just launch an all out touring strike sometime in the future. We’re considering our options for the next few weeks anyway. Straight off the bat, we’ve got another new creative project on the go which we will be announcing very soon… and we’re excited. But there’s much work to be done in the meantime so unless you hear from us, just presume we’re locked in our little shed, tinkering away.
And one last thing, if you’d like to support our future work, you can do so by joining our Friends Of Programme. We’re dependent on fundraising and the kindness of peeps in order to make our shows. Our new Friends Of programme runs from now until September 2014 and we can guarantee bang for your buck in that time. Have a look here and see if you want to be our friend!
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War Of Attrition opens at Galway Theatre Festival today at An Taibhdhearc at 7pm. Get your tickets here!
This week we’re bringing War Of Attrition to Galway Theatre Festival.
This is our first time bringing a play out west and we’re really excited about performing in one of our most favourite cities in the country. It is quite honestly the best excuse for a theatrical road trip. We’re just finished our three night run of the show in Kilkenny and we were delighted with the turnout and the general buzz about the show. Now we’re onto the final leg of a war campaign that started with our previews in Thomastown before invading Dublin Fringe Festival and marching back with a spring in our steps for our run in The Watergate Theatre. We’re taking the war out west and we mightn’t be coming back alive! (We hope that doesn’t jinx coming back alive)
It’s very exciting to be part of another brilliant theatre festival and there’s a great line up of shows that we’re looking forward to catching this week. Check out the full programme over at galwaytheatrefestival.com
Our team travelling up this week are the new cast of John Doran, Amy Dunne and John Morton (check out the explosive new poster from Paddy Dunne) as well as our battle hardy crew of Niamh Moroney, Ken McGuire, Niamh Moyles, Lucy McKenna and Adrian Kavanagh. So for anyone reading from Galway or with any sort of tenuous link to Galway, please crow long and hard about the show and come see us get devious in An Taibhdhearc this Wednesday and Thursday October 2nd and 3rd! Night shows are at 7pm and there’s a matinee on Thursday at 1pm so sit down and be counted!
“This is crazy. This is a full on assault.”
And so we come to the last night of War Of Attrition in Kilkenny. It’s been great to perform the play on home turf for the past two nights and we’re looking to launch a full on assault on the audience for tonight’s final show in The Watergate Theatre!
The reactions to the show have been fantastic and we’re loving that people are digging our brand of cyber warfare and audience trolling. This is the final night of Roseanna Purcell’s run on the show as Daisy. She’s been giving such an amazing (and Fringe award nominated!) performance the past few weeks and it’s been unreal craic working with her on this show. Due to some scheduling wars, she won’t be joining us for our Galway Theatre Festival jaunt next week but we are absolutely delighted to welcome Amy Dunne on board for our first trip to theatre’s out west! It’s fantastic to have Amy in the cast, she’s been integral to so many of Devious Theatre’s productions in the past and we’re well excited to see her getting her Psycho Chugger on!
So that’s where we’re at, war torn and ready for the final battle! If you’re in the neighbourhood come see us for our final show in Kilkenny tonight at 8pm. Tickets can be bought at the Watergate Theatre Box Office on Parliament Street, on the phone at 056-7761674 or online here. If you’re out west, come see us next week at Galway Theatre Festival. We’re bringing the troops!
We had an absolute blast at the Dublin Fringe Festival. It was a pleasure and a privilege to bring the show to Dublin and to give people an extended chance to see our work and generally, sample some deviousness. We came out of it with a Fringe award nomination (for the fantastic Miss Roseanna Purcell), two four star reviews from The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine (reviews aren’t everything… but still, it’s nice to get nice ones) and most importantly solid houses full of people who laughed and clapped and were very complimentary about the show. On top of that, we got to see the work of lots of amazingly talented peeps and generally have a riot of a time in the capital. We want to again thank Róise Goan, Emma Hannon and the whole brilliant team at Fringe for being so good to us and giving us the opportunity to represent on that stage.
Now, we’re back in the saddle, back in the 056, our feet on home soil and we are poised and aimed at The Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny for this weeks run of War Of Attrition. It’s the first time we’re performing a new piece of work in Kilkenny’s biggest theatre and that in itself gives us a small dose of the butterflies but we’re hopeful that our hometown crowd will come out and see the show. This is going to be our fourth production in The Watergate Theatre and we’re really excited for Kilkenny audiences to finally see War Of Attrition.
So arm yourself up with tickets this weekend and come see us do what we do! Tickets for the show are €13 and can be booked online here, over the phone on 056-7761674 and in person at Watergate Theatre Box Office on Parliament Street.
With the increase in use of social media outlets both by ourselves and theatre going audiences around the country over the past few years, it’s becoming easier to garner feedback on shows. One of the big things for ourselves as a company is that in bringing War Of Attrition to Dublin, we were relative unknowns in terms of the Dublin theatre circle. Barring our one-night-only appearance of Scratcher at Theatre Machine Turns You On: Volume 2 in early 2011, we’ve not brought anything of this magnitude to Dublin before.
The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine looked favourably on the show, both offering up a four-star review respectively which certainly helped bring up the audience figures for the week.
But, outside of the mainstream media, the opinions of those of you who part with your hard-earned cash to take up a ticket for any of our productions, that’s what counts for us. Thankfully, through Twitter and Facebook, we’ve been able to save on paper and gather a few opinions, Tweets, photos and the likes on War Of Attrition.
If you’re heading along to the show in Kilkenny or Galway, or indeed if you caught the show at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival, we’d love to hear what you thought. Tweet us – @devioustheatre – or use the #warofattrition hashtag and we’ll seek you out.
To give you an idea, here’s some of the feedback, photos, and updates on the show from audience members, cast and crew alike. Check it out.
Tonight is our first preview of War Of Attrition at Dublin Fringe Festival.
We’ve been in lockdown throughout our exciting, nerve wracking, war mongering, embattled, craic filled rehearsal process for the past month and yeah, we feel a little like prisoners of war. It’s been intense period in theatrical captivity but we’re about to stick our heads above the parapet for the first time.
And we hope you’ll be there to meet us. Rally the troops. It’s time to invade.
War Of Attrition plays Dublin Fringe Festival from this Monday September 9th – 14th in Players Theatre, Trinity College at 8.30pm nightly. Tickets can be bought from the Festival Box Office in Filmbase on Curve Street or else you can call them on 1850 374 643! Tickets can be purchased online right here.
War Of Attrition plays Dublin Fringe Festival from this Monday September 9th – 14th in Players Theatre, Trinity College at 8.30pm nightly. Tickets can be bought from the Festival Box Office in Filmbase on Curve Street or else you can call them on 1850 374 643! Tickets can be purchased online right here. – See more at: http://devioustheatre.com/life-wartime-3-chris-20130907/#sthash.nNNHPlFU.dpuf