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On The Pull

pulled6 Fancy going on the pull? Tonight's the night that Pulled takes its hometown bow in Kilkenny. Niamh Moroney's play took Waterford by storm during its run in Central Arts and now it's about to kick off a three night run in Set Theatre. This will also be our final outing for 2016, bringing our Devious 10 programme to a close after 3 shows in the last 5 months (we're tired now). The buzz for Pulled has been massive and the pre sales for the show have exceeded that for Heart Shaped Vinyl and The Hellfire Squad in Kilkenny. A recent review from Waterford News and Star wrote: "Niamh Moroney and Andrea Bolger act with a naturalness and an openness that is a joy... Ita Morrissey directs this Big Brother writ small with the sureness of a participant in the soap opera of Amanda and Michelle's life..." pulled1 Niamh sat down with fellow Devious founder Ken McGuire to have a chat about Pulled on KCLR96FM on Tuesday. You can listen to it on Ken's website right here. Niamh also wrote an account of the development and making of the show which you can read on her own site right here. There's nothing left to do but make sure that you've got your tickets because they're selling fast. Three performances only in Set from tonight with kick off at 8pm. Tickets are €12 and can be bought from Rollercoaster Records on Kieran Street and online right here. Photos by Dan McMahon Photography.
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Fight The Fear

pulled7 We're now one week off the opening of Pulled in Set Theatre, Kilkenny. After a smash hit run in Waterford with our production partners at Central Arts, the show is ready to take a hometown bow. Following on from Heart Shaped Vinyl and The Hellfire Squad, this final production of our Devious 10 programme is strutting onto the stage next Thursday for 3 nights only. It marks our first return to Set Theatre since our Dario Fo Season back in 2009/10. Here's what some of the press have been saying about the show. "This play will appal some, infuriate others but the characterisations are shamefully real" - The Munster Express "Niamh Moroney has again given us an insight into the millennial generation... she has devised a piece that lightens the sombre elements with plenty of laugh out loud moments" - The Kilkenny People pulled5 Andrea Bolger and Niamh Moroney have been playing a blinder under the direction of Ita Morrissey and the story of two girls struggling with meaningful life decisions as they fight the fear through an alcoholic, Snapchatting blur is going down a storm with audiences.  Avoid the crippling fear and make sure you get your tickets. Photos by Dan McMahon Photography.
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The Wans

14409664_551459255045928_7444098909011883286_o After a successful run down in Waterford with our production partners Central Arts last week, we're a week off the opening of Niamh Moroney's Pulled in Kilkenny's Set Theatre. Here's the lowdown on the two performers who have been tearing the stage up as Amanda and Michelle. Niamh Moroney - Amanda / Writer niamh-moroney Niamh Moroney has been a theatre maker for over 10 years. Since co founding Devious Theatre in Kilkenny in 2006 Niamh has directed, produced, written, performed, and toured a mix of circus, visual art, music, live art, and theatre. YER WAN, Niamh’s self penned and performed comedy show toured nationally to sell out venues in 2014/15 and won Best Solo Performance at Galway Fringe Festival. Previous acting work with Devious Theatre includes Heart Shaped Vinyl, Smitten, Night Of The Living Dead and Shakespeare In Bits. She also directed War Of Attrition and Trainspotting. Niamh is currently artist in residence in Central Arts. Pulled is Niamh's first staged written work for Devious Theatre. Andrea Bolger - Michelle andrea-bolger Andrea Bolger makes her Devious Theatre debut with this show. Originally from Carlow and now based in Dublin, she completed a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies in U.C.C. Cork, where she performed in productions of Medea, The Bloody Wedding and Fortinasbras gets Drunk. She also trained in the Gaiety School of Acting and Bow Street. She last performed in Absolute Beginners, written and directed by Diane Crotty at the Scene and Heard festival in Smock Alley. Pulled opens in Set Theatre, Kilkenny on September 29th and runs until October 1st. You can get your tickets at www.set.ie.
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Pride Strut

pulled-promo-1 The pride strut kicks off tonight when the first performance of Pulled takes place in Central Arts in Waterford. Niamh Moroney's new play will take its debut bow in the home of our production partners on the show and it marks the first time that a Devious Theatre production has taken a trip to our neighbouring county. Niamh along with director Ita Morrissey and fellow performer Andrea Bolger have been working hard in the rehearsal room the past couple of weeks and now the show will take its walk of pride onto the stage. fullsizerender_3 It runs in Waterford until this Saturday September 17th at 8pm nightly. If you want to ensure your tickets, you can grab them right here. It won't be long until the play comes home to Kilkenny either, we'll be arriving in Set Theatre on September 29th and playing until October 1st. Come strut with us...
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Pulled – Trailer #2

pulled-promo-2 Amanda and Michelle are feeling the worse for wear in the new trailer for Pulled. Can they fight the fear and pull their shit together? Rehearsals are nearly at their end for Niamh Moroney's new show and the final part of our Devious 10 programme for 2016. Niamh along with co-performer Andrea Bolger and director Ita Morrissey have been putting the finishing touches to the play ahead of next weeks opening in Central Arts, our production partners on this show. It opens on Tuesday September 13th and runs until Saturday September 17th.  It won't be long before it arrives in Kilkenny. Three performances only from September 29 to October 1st in Set Theatre Kilkenny. Get your tickets here: http://set.ie/ Check out the trailer, shot and edited by Matthew Reilly. Tickets for the show are €12 and you can get yours for Pulled in Waterford right here. To buy tickets for the Kilkenny run, check out set.ie.
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Pulled – Trailer #1

Pulled textless Take a peek into the world of Amanda and Michelle with our first trailer for Pulled. Niamh Moroney's new show is a co-production with Central Arts in Waterford and we're very excited to finally make our debut in our neighbouring county. Rehearsals have just kicked off for production and it won't be long until these two ladies will be hitting the stage like a wrecking ball. Pulled opens in Waterford on September 13th and plays Set Theatre Kilkenny from September 29th to October 1st. Written by Niamh Moroney, directed by Ita Morrissey and starring Andrea Bolger and Niamh Moroney. It's going to be a night out you'll never forget. Check out the trailer, shot and edited by Matthew Reilly. Tickets for the show are €12 and you can get yours for Pulled in Waterford right here. To buy tickets for the Kilkenny run, check out set.ie.
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The Makings Of A Ripping Yarn

hellfire_squad_web-10 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 ‘the dirty work of a nation.’ Although they didn’t exclusively have twelve members, the Squad rotated membership and to this day, the full extent of Squad members isn’t entirely known. Squad_Members_2_2 It was a job, with a wage and many outsiders, men not fit for many other purposes, gravitated towards this assassination unit. While there weren’t any documented female members of the Squad, a lot of Collins central intelligence agents were women. And more so than their male counterparts of the time, they were written out of the subsequent history. A recruitment poster in Ireland during the first world war The Inspiration: We came up with the idea when discussing Inglourious Basterds and the men-on-a-mission adventure movies that inspired it, and decided to write an Irish version of those stories. We found the perfect subject matter: an alternate secret history of the origins of Michael Collins’ infamous hit squad. Collins The codename of the squad itself, the name of our villain Francis Dashwood, and the fire-and-brimstone tone came from setting it at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains near the notorious Hellfire Club. We started working on it in a flurry of excitement back in 2009. It was a Western and a War yarn at once, a Commando comic on the stage. Countless movies and the untold tales of Irish history inspired it. the-dirty-dozen Thematically, we were interested in telling a story of people who were written out of subsequent Irish history. Particularly the women of the Rising and Cumann na mBan who subsequently had their roles downplayed. In the 1916 centenary year, writing a play about the fervor it created in people after the rebellion felt like an interesting take. People who wanted an important role. hellfire-promo-7 This is the idea behind Kathleen Sweeney as narrator. She’s giving a voice to the voiceless, people like herself who fought for an Ireland that turned on them. Betrayal, at its essence, is what drives this story and we didn’t have to stray too far from history to utilise that. Despite our cinematic influences, making it as a play has always felt like Sean O’Casey and Dion Boucicault having a conversation mediated by Bertolt Brecht. That was the ‘highbrow’ intention anyway. The main intention was a cracking night’s entertainment. We hope you get that. The Execution: After intermittently working on it over the years, we took the script for a spin in August 2013. We did our first work in progress performance at Little Deviations: Volume 1, directed by Philip Brennan. HellfireSquad-ForWeb All the potential of the piece was there. Thanks to Artlinks support we were able to get Ken Bourke on board to provide dramaturgy for the script and he helped us develop it throughout 2015 and into this year. Getting a talented director like Sarah Baxter and getting the brilliant cast we did was the cherry on top. Hellfire Reading For Devious Theatre’s 10th birthday in 2016, not to mention the centenary of the 1916 Rising, it felt like the right production to do. It’s like one big mish mash of ten years of Devious Theatre in one show. It’s about a motley troupe, ill resourced and against the odds, trying to tell their stories during a tumultuous time in Irish history. Fitting enough. Peter McGann & John Morton
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Burnin’ Hell

hellfire_squad_web-11 Well, that escalated quickly. By the morning of opening night The Hellfire Squad had pretty much sold out its night time run in Dublin and now, it's entirely gone for each night. This is a hot show, on a hot week. Hot as hell, you could say. hellfire_squad_web-14 The response has been phenomenal thus far and we're so glad that there's been such demand to see it, especially during a heatwave. The show has started with a bang and it's got legs. There's only one chance to see the show in action in Project Arts Centre and that's our matinee this Saturday afternoon. If you fancy catching the 2.30pm performance of The Hellfire Squad, strike fast and get the tickets while you can. hellfire_squad_web-21 Here are a selection of some of the reviews for the show thus far: Pure M / Kilkenny People / Exeunt Magazine / No More Workhorse Dublin, last shot is the matinee on Saturday. Kilkenny, get your tickets, we'll be seeing you next week.
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#1. ‘The Bould’ Kathleen Sweeney

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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 freedom. Not a fan of loud noises. The Agent.

Annette O'Shea last appeared for us in The Hellfire Squad as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1. Previous credits for Devious Theatre include Bash, Scratcher and both productions of Smitten. Other stage credits include Before The Party directed by Tom Conti for Bill Kenwright Productions, Madame Knorr in On The Razzle (Pleasance Theatre), Mary Shelley (Pleasance Theatre), The Twelfth Night, Enlightenment, Hindle Wakes, The Rivals, The Lady’s Tragedy (LAMDA), The Crucible (Keegan Theatre, Washington) and Lovers (Watergate Productions). Short film credits include Adomba (Cellar Door Productions), Hunting Dragons (Fridge Magnet Pictures). Radio credits include Oonagh in Behind and Desperation (KCLR) and Sheila in The Undertakers (Evil Genius Productions). The Hellfire Squad is directed by Sarah Baxter and plays Project Arts Centre from July 18-23. It will then play The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from July 28-30 as part of this years AKA programme. Tickets are onsale now.
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#2. Tadhg McRoth

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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 been tasked with assembling the greatest squad of assassins the country has ever seen. The Strategist. David Fennelly makes his Devious Theatre debut here. Recent theatre credits include This Lime Tree Bower (Project Arts Centre) Advocacy (Best Ensemble Fringe ’14), Fishes (Stuart Parker Bursary ’14), Mavericks (Theatre Upstairs/ Bewleys Theatre), 24 Hour Plays (Abbey Theatre) and Seven Jewish Children (Abbey Theatre). He made his screen debut in Nick Hamm’s Killing Bono. He has since featured in Game of Thrones (HBO), Half Shade (UNA Films) What Richard Did (Element Pictures) and Sanctuary (Venom Productions). David wrote and performed in the stage play Fishes. Fishes was recently made into a short film The Caller which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh and has since aired on RTÉ. David graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting Full Time Acting Course in June 2009. The Hellfire Squad is directed by Sarah Baxter and plays Project Arts Centre from July 18-23. It will then play The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from July 28-30 as part of this years AKA programme. Tickets are onsale now.
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