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Work Is Progressed

Thanks to everyone who turned out to see Little Deviations: Volume 2 over the three night run in Cleeres Theatre. It was a joy to sell out the show each night and we hope everyone who got jammed in there really, really tightly enjoyed the show. The reaction to the six plays was stellar. The teams behind Orla's Big Comeback, In The Basement, Breathe, Welcome To Ireland, Ag An Doras and The Roaring Banshees were all fuckin' quality. We couldn't be happier. It was the best way for this work to be tried out in front of audiences and will give all the writers plenty of pep in their steps going forward. We had a blast doing it and it was a solid way to kick off AKA. Hopefully we'll get to see them all grow up...
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Little Deviation #1: Ag An Doras

Ag An Doras by Simone Kelly Directed by John Morton Cast: Alexandra Christle, Maria Murray, Seán Hackett, Ciaran Dunphy. Úna is on her annual visit to her family, the O’Sullivan’s in Kilkenny. Every time Úna visits, a familiar sight signals her arrival. A tall, elderly lady nicknamed Ag an Doras stands in a doorway, slowly smoking a cigarette, watching silently as the world goes by. On this occasion, however, her door is closed. Úna makes it her mission to uncover the story behind Ag an Doras and why the mysterious figure is no longer at the door. Simone Kelly has previously appeared as an actor for Devious Theatre in shows like Heart Shaped Vinyl, Cannibal! The Musical and Accidental Death Of An Anarchist.  She studied English Literature in UCD where she discovered her all-time favourite playwrights; Beckett, Friel, Heaney and John B. Keane. This is her debut work for the stage. Simone did a course with The Big Smoke Writing Factory last year and wrote her first piece of fiction, ‘Angus’. She read this at The Big Smoke’s annual literary meet-up and at an International Women’s Day event organised by Alan Butler in Kilkenny library. Little Deviations: Volume 2 plays Cleeres Theatre from August 3rd-5th as part of AKA Fringe. Tickets can be bought at the venue or right here. 
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Six Shows. Three Nights

little-deviations1_hires Fucking quality. Everything (especially our language) is going to be rough around the edges for Little Deviations: Volume 2.
Our scratch night extravagaza returns for AKA Fringe (check out the very slick and oh so fresh programme) where we'll be presenting six excerpts from six brand new plays: Ag An Doras by Simone Kelly Breathe by Alan Butler In The Basement by Seán Delaney Orla's Big Comeback by Mairead Kiernan The Roaring Banshees by Peter McGann & John Morton Welcome To Ireland by Robert Downes & Aoibhín Murphy Full synopsises, plus cast and director details will be incoming. We're very excited about the teams that have come together for our brand new work in progress showcase. The plays of tomorrow are going for a test run. Don't miss out. August 3rd-5th, John Cleere's Bar & Theatre, 8pm nightly. Tickets onsale soon.
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Little Deviations: Volume 2

LDV2 NEXT UP! Little Deviations: Volume 2 plays John Cleere's Bar & Theatre from August 3rd to 5th as part of this years AKA Fringe. Our new work showcase will feature the next generation of Devious Theatre plays from some of Kilkenny's best and brightest young writers. Six excerpts from six new plays, all in one handy show. Little Deviations: Volume 1 in August 2013 featured the debut performances of Some Flood, The Union and The Hellfire Squad. This years crop of new work promises to be just as exciting and we'll be announcing them in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale soon. The show runs for three performances only so don't y'all miss out.
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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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