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The Makings Of A Ripping Yarn

John Morton
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The History: The Squad, originally nicknamed the Twelve Apostles, was a real life unit that were founded by Michael Collins in the run up to the War Of Independence. Their main goal was to counteract British Intelligence at this time, through means mostly focusing on assassinations. They did, as we term it in the play […]

#1. ‘The Bould’ Kathleen Sweeney

John Morton
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“We do the jobs we’re given…” #1. Kathleen Sweeney (Annette O’Shea) aka The Bould Kathleen. A publican and proprietor of the local Republican hub. Tasked with assembling the squad and overseeing their training. Frequently patronised but a better fighter than any man. Foul of mouth and quick to draw, she’s here to fight for her […]

#2. Tadhg McRoth

John Morton
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“Will they write about you in the history books?”   #2. Tadhg McRoth (David Fennelly) aka The Teacher. Collins main man and Squad leader. A fluent Gaeilgeoir with a love for Irish myths and legends and a quick temper. Likes to smell a flower in bloom. Survived the Rising with flying colours and has now […]

#4. Fr. Desmond Furey

John Morton
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“Doing the dirty work of a nation…” Fr. Desmond Furey (Dave Fleming) aka The Defrocked Preacher. A fire and brimstone spewing, chain smoking, tough-as-nails priest who puts the fear of god in the enemy. Long feared as a shin hacking, ultra competitive lover of the GAA, he is lethal with a hurley. Quietly moved to […]

The Chosen Ones

John Morton
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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 […]

Devious 10: The Hellfire Squad

John Morton
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“From the ruins of the G.P.O. they came. By design they were to be anonymous, unheard of, unseen. Their purpose was clear: to move like ghosts through the streets of Dublin and put the fear of God in the occupying forces. I saw it first hand. The Squad. Collins’ chosen ones. The Apostles. But that’s […]

Little Deviation #4: The Hellfire Squad

John Morton
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The Hellfire Squad is a play written by Peter McGann and John Morton. Primarily a screenwriter, this is Peter’s first work for the stage. John has previously written Heart Shaped Vinyl, Smitten and Scratcher for us. The two of us sat down to write a gut-busting, blood-soaked action comedy while keeping it entrenched in Irish […]