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The State Of The Union

theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-9 The curtain has fallen on The Union after a two week run and an absolutely jam packed 4 night sold out string of performances in Cleeres Theatre. The buzz surrounding the show was something to behold and we couldn't be happier with how the show was received. Thanks to our amazing cast and crew and to the writer Adrian Kavanagh who did stellar work getting the show to the stage.Thanks so much to all you wonderful, wonderful people who came to see The Union and clapped and shouted and cheered and ovationed and happily took all the debris when the cast trashed the set every night. You were all sublime. Now, we're going to nurse our post show blues and raise an invisible glass... St. Dominic's Forever! Here's some choice pics from the show. theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-3theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-17theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-21theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-24theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-27theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-13All photos by Ken McGuire Photography. The man wears many hats.
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Big Daddy’s 90’s Night

theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-34 Another sold out house for The Union last night in Cleere's Theatre. Thanks to everyone who's been rocking on in so far! For all y'all looking for the full 90's Night playlist from The Union, here's every tune that's spun on the night. For more of Big Daddy's musical stylings, the next performance of The Union is tonight at 8pm in Cleere's Theatre. Tune! Step On - The Happy Mondays Regulate - Warren G & Nate Dogg Jump Around - House Of Pain Carnaval de Paris - Dario G Connection - Elastica Good Vibrations - Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch Sabotage - Beastie Boys Whatta Man - Salt N Pepa Mo Money Mo Problems - The Notorious B.I.G. Block Rockin' Beats - The Chemical Brothers All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo Never Forget - Take That I Wanna Be Adored - Stone Roses Sexy Boy - Air Freed From Desire - Gala Would I Lie To You? - Charles & Eddie The Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim Baby One More Time - Britney Spears La Passion - Gigi D'Agostino The Man Don't Give A Fuck - Super Furry Animals Want tickets? devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/
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The Welfare Officer

teaser-poster-union-colin The penultimate member of The Union is in attendance. The Welfare Officer of St. Dominic’s Student Union is played by Colin O'Brien. €10,060 stolen. 5 suspects. Let’s see how united this Union really is. #stdominics4ever The Union opens in Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny on July 29th and runs until August 1st at 8pm nightly. Previews take place in The Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh on July 24th & 25th. For ticket bookings please go to: http://devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/
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The Ents Officer

teaser-poster-union-morro Here's our next look at the members of The Union. The Ents Officer of St. Dominic’s Student Union is played by Niall Morrissey. €10,060 stolen. 5 suspects. Let’s see how united this Union really is. #stdominics4ever The Union opens in Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny on July 29th and runs until August 1st at 8pm nightly. Previews take place in The Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh on July 24th & 25th. For ticket bookings please go to: http://devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/
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The President

union-kev-facebook Here's the first in a series of 5 character posters for The Union. The President of St. Dominic's Student Union is played by Kevin Mooney. €10,060 stolen. 5 suspects. Let's see how united this Union really is. #stdominics4ever The Union opens in Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny on July 29th and runs until August 1st at 8pm nightly. Previews take place in The Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh on July 24th & 25th. For ticket bookings please go to: http://devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/
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Union Assemble!

The Union - Cast Photo With production ramping up, we are proud to congratulate and announce The Union for this coming term: Kevin Mooney (President), Alexandra Christle (Vice President), Niall Morrissey (Ents Officer), Hazel Doyle (Sports Officer) and Colin O'Brien (Welfare Officer). Kevin Mooney previously appeared in (and co-wrote) Some Flood which played Tiger Dublin Fringe, Quarter and Electric Picnic last year. He's a founding member of our outfit previously appearing in Night Of The Living Dead, Smitten, Heart Shaped Vinyl and The War Of The Worlds (also co-writer). Directing credits include Cannibal! The Musical, Stags and Hens and Heart Shaped Vinyl. Kevin plays The President, the level headed, outgoing leader of the Union who is losing his faith in politics. Alexandra Christle previously appeared in Shifting and Night Of The Living Dead. Alexandra also directed The Union as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1 in 2013. She has also worked behind the scenes on various Devious Theatre shows since 2010. Alexandra plays The Vice President, the ruthlessly ambitious leader in waiting who values the Union above all else. Niall Morrissey is making his debut full production with Devious Theatre. Niall previously performed in The Hellfire Squad as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1. He's a founding member of Journeyman Theatre Company in Cork and we're looking forward to have him join our ensemble. Niall plays The Ents Officer, a party animal and Union stalwart who has been milking his college career far longer than he should have. Hazel Doyle last performed in Phantasm which played Solstice, Abhainn Rí Festival and Out For The Weekend in 2012. Other Devious Theatre credits include Girls In Africa as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1 and Night Of The Living Dead. Hazel plays The Sports Officer, fighter for justice, MMA enthusiast, supreme smack talker and the Union's most combative member. Colin O'Brien has previously appeared in Phantasm, Night Of The Living Dead and Shifting for Devious Theatre. He is the only cast member from The Union at Little Deviations: Volume 1 who returns for this production. Colin plays The Welfare Officer, who takes on the burden of everyone's problems but is falling apart himself amidst academic pressure and increasing drug use. One of them took the money. The Union won't stop until they get to the bottom of it. The play will be directed by John Morton, produced by Ken McGuire and designed by Kate Moylan. Adrian Kavanagh's debut play for us hits Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny from July 29th - August 1st for four shows only. It will also preview for two night's in The Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh on July 24th and 25th. We're delighted to be playing Adrian's hometown for the very first time this summer. Want tickets?
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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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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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Cult Of Personality

"A cult? Like a cult cult? Like a sect? A movement do you mean? One of them new found religions? Why should I join a cult? Aren’t I generally supposed to stay away from cults? Aren’t they just weird?"
COU PHOTO (10)John Doran's The Centre Of The Universe focuses on a young man who sets up his own cult. Yes, a cult. Everybody's got a different idea of what a cult is. From David Koresh to David Icke to Charles Manson to Jonestown to eh, Scientology. And generally, those ideas we have aren't very positive. In this show, John dissects the cult mentality and looks at how society can benefit from people creating a cult centred entirely around themselves. It's a fresh, novel take on the idea of cults, mindfulness and self help talks. And it's also very funny. And you might just find yourself in a cult by the end of it. If you want to join John for his talk, then join us next week as The Centre Of The Universe opens our account for 2015 in Cork as part of Quarter Block Party. Then we'll be following that up with a trip to Kilkenny when we hit Cleeres Theatre from February 11th-14th. Tickets have gone on sale behind the counter in Cleeres so pop in if you want to grab them. As for online sales, get them while they're hot, and they're hot right here.
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