We all knew that, right?
We'll be opening up our account for 2015 tomorrow with the first performance of The Centre Of The Universe and we're delighted to be doing it in the rebel county, which is also where we debuted Some Flood around this time last year.
Quarter Block Partyis a cool as shit three day line up of music, theatre, art and many discussions in between as well as great buzz, great people and what will undoubtedly be a whole tonne of fun. And quite aptly, The Centre Of The Universe will be at the centre of this artistic universe when it plays tomorrow at 5.30pm. It's the first run out for the show this week and will definitely warm up the rubbery, active muscles of John Doran before our hometown run next week.
For Quarter Block Party, it's best recommended that you make a weekend out of it, so pick up some weekend passes, dive into the programme and have yourself a creative, inspiring weekend down in Cork. For the full programme, click here.
We've been spending this week down in lovely Cork undertaking a development week on Bridge Street which we are making in collaboration with Corcadorca, Equinox Theatre Company and Studio Weave. Pat Kiernan of Corcadorca and John Morton of this parish have been spending the week at the Theatre Development Centre in Triskel Arts Centre working away on the piece.
Lots of pieces of papers have been written and drawn on, torn up, stuck to walls, stuck to chairs and generally thrown around. Videos have been watched, stories have been read and the research material has been digested. Most of the work has been plotting out the play on the street itself. It's a lot of figuring out what happens where and why it happens. Bridge Street will be performed entirely on the street and it's various buildings, homes, pubs, shops and lanes. It's going to be a completely immersive experience for the audience so this week has been spent immersing ourselves in the stories of the street and the history of Callan. A lot of new and exciting ideas have bubbled to the surface and the shape of the piece is looking a little sturdier now. A very rough recreation of the street itself has been mapped out and tomorrow evening we'll be walking people through it when we present it as part of this Friday's sharing session in the TDC.
If you want to look at what we've been doing so far, join us tomorrow evening at 6pm in the TDC for a look. It's free of charge so pop on in and take a walk down Bridge Street with us.
At the beginning of the year, we usually like to lay out our stall and tell people what they can expect from us. Sometimes it's possible, sometimes it's not but in the case of 2015, we can confirm what kinds of devious theatre you'll be seeing from us over the next 12 months. We're very excited about this years work and we hope you will be too.
Here's what we've got lined up:
#1: The Centre Of The UniverseJohn Doran's one man show premiered as an acclaimed Show In A Bag offering at last years Tiger Dublin Fringe. It's hitting the road in 2015 and we're delighted to be producing it. Directed by John Morton, it tells the story of a disillusioned young man who decides to set up his own cult. It's a frenetic mix of comedy and drama all anchored by a tour de force turn from Doran. Think of it as a TED talk that spins off in some wild directions and you're in the ballpark. We've been itching to do a one man show for a while and no better one man than John Doran. It playsQuarter Block Party on February 7th before a Kilkenny run in the intimate confines of Cleeres Theatre from February 11th to 14th. It will be hitting the road later in the year. You can get your tickets here.
#2: Bridge StreetWe're excited to be involved in our first co-production and we couldn't have a better project than Bridge Street. Working alongside Corcadorca, Equinox Theatre Company and Studio Weave, the site specific show explores a street in a regular Irish town struggling to keep onto the purpose it once had. Bridge Street (recently explored in The Irish Times series The Street) was once a prominent midway point between Cork and Dublin, it's had a long and storied history and over the course of this show, audiences will get to explore it. Bridge Street is being directed by Pat Kiernan and scripted by John Morton. For anyone who hasn't had a chance to see the amazing work being done in Callan in places like KCAT, Fennelly's and Equinox, then make sure you book a ticket for this summer's Abhainn Ri Festival. In the meantime, check out Equinox's The Memory Box which is on tour next month.
#3: VulturesOkay, we thought it would happen last year but broadcast dates aren't ours to decide so we've just been sitting in dark rooms adding more sinister sound effects. This new 20 part radio serial will hit the airwaves (and the web) in 2015. The Detective Union Of Ireland AGM is thrown into turmoil when Ireland's greatest sleuth Basil Maguire is murdered. Who would murder a detective in a hotel full of detectives? A frantic race to uncover the culprit (and win the bragging rights) ensues. The case is investigated by 6 narrators and the show employs a wide and varied voice cast playing multiple parts. That cast are Stephen Colfer, Ross Costigan, John Doran, Amy Dunne, Seán Hackett, Ken McGuire, John Morton, Niamh Moyles, Suzanne O'Brien and David Thompson. To get warmed up, check out the previous incarnation of Vultures.
#4: The UnionThe second of our Little Deviations: Volume 1 crop comes to fruition following on fromSome Floodlast year. Adrian Kavanagh has done some fantastic work with his company Spark Productions over the past few years and we're excited to be bringing the work of another new Kilkenny writer to the stage. And with a Carlow setting, we're definitely getting cosy with the neighbours this year. (Vultures is also set, and was recorded, in Carlow). Keeping it south east! A very noir tinged, Breakfast Club inspired, locked room mystery story, The Union sees the five members of St. Dominic's Student Union stuck in their office with a missing €5,000, a huge loan to pay off, a looming election and a tense amount of interpersonal friction. Backs will be stabbed, hearts will be broke and throats will be cut when The Union visit Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny from July 29th to August 1st this summer. We're hoping to add a few more dates along the way so stay tuned.
This is us for 2015. We hope you'll come to see us along the way! If you'd like to support this work further, please consider joining our Friends Of Devious Theatre programme. There are plenty of perks involved and you'd be really helping the cause.
Stay tuned here for more details.
Well you've got one happening this week in Project Arts Centre.
Our production of War Of Attrition by John Morton kicked off last night with a preview in the big blue building in Temple Bar. We had a great crowd along and the whooping and hollering was exactly the kind of energy we needed to get our war machine rolling. So one down, five more to go.
We're running until Saturday December 20th so there's still plenty of chances to see the show if you're not overrun with festive preparations! And hopefully once the buzz gets around on the show we can grow an army of loyal audience members. If you want to get your tickets for this weeks shows, take a handy click of this link.
Actually if you account for the crew, we need a bicycle built for 8 but that's besides the point, Devious Theatre are travelling to Dublin to get ready and set for our run of War Of Attrition in Project Arts Centre next week. And we've loaded our bicycles good.
We finished the Kilkenny run last night and we'd like to thank everybody who came to see the show as well as Ger Cody and the staff of The Watergate Theatre for their kind hospitality. Now it's off to the capital for 6 performances of a show that only today was described by The Irish Times today as"A comic and darkly subversive take on chuggers, bilious internet bloggers and psychopathy." For the full preview, take a look here.
The entire team are really excited to be returning to Dublin for the show. We hope to see you this coming week down Temple Bar way. We're playing at 8.15pm nightly in Project Cube from Monday 15th to Saturday 20th and you can get your tickets for the show right here.
Here's the final poster in our new series of War Of Attrition character promos.
We get a look at Daisy, played by Roseanna Purcell, an unemployed journalism student trying to stop the viral video that's ruining her life.
War Of Attrition is Roseanna's first production with Devious Theatre. She was nominated for Best Female Performer at last years Dublin Fringe Festival awards for playing the role.
This poster was designed by Paddy Dunne and photographed by Ken McGuire.
Directed by Niamh Moroney, War Of Attrition plays The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from December 9th-11th followed by a run in Project Arts Centre, Dublin from December 15th-20th. Book your tickets by clicking the venue of your choice!
We've just unveiled a new promo video for War Of Attrition.
It's called The Psychopath Test and is based on Hervery M. Cleckley's 16 behavioral characteristics of a psychopath as laid out in his influential 1941 textbook The Mask Of Sanity. Our new promo, designed by Paddy Dunne and edited by Ken McGuire, lays out those 16 characteristics. So, how many do you tick off? Take the test:
How does the psychopath test fit into the play itself? The only way to find out is by joining us in The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from the 9th-11th of December and in Project Arts Centre, Dublin from 15th-20th December.
Here's our poster for War Of Attrition's upcoming run in Project Arts Centre.
It's a huge deal to us to be invited to perform in 'the big blue building' in Temple Bar and we couldn't be more excited to be performing our comic thriller War Of Attrition there. We're playing from 15th to 20th of December at 8.15pm nightly. We've previously played there with Scratcher at The Theatre Machine Turns You On Vol: II and with a few contributions to TEXT | Messages but this is our first full run in the space.
If you book your tickets before December 8th you'll get a 25% discount, what a bargain!
This poster was designed again by the ever talented Mr. Paddy Dunne, he'll also be furnishing us with a new series of character posters that we'll be unveiling over the next three weeks.
We're really good friends, promise.
We recently relaunched our Friends Of Programme for 2014/15. As we're not in receipt of regular funding sponsorship, fundraising and generally making friends is an essential part of our ability to make new work. Without the help of good friends and patrons, we wouldn't have been able to make and tour our work for the past eight years.
Our programme runs from October to October every year and this year will take in our remount of War Of Attrition this December, our brand new radio serial Vultures and our upcoming collaboration with Corcadorca and Equinox Theatre Company on the Bridge Street Project next summer. And that's only what's confirmed, there are a few other projects on the boil which we'll be revealing in due course. All in all, our 2014/15 season is shaping up to be one of our most varied and jam packed yet.
If you'd like to get on board for the year and help support our work, please visit our Friends Of Devious Theatre page here. There's a large selection of options that you can choose from no matter what your budget may be.
Have a look and consider becoming our friends! And we're all about the benefits!
If you lost out by not catching our production of War Of Attrition by John Morton last year, then you'll be happy to know that it returns this December for a run in Project Arts Centre in Dublin and the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny.
The play had a successful debut run last year at Dublin Fringe Festival before making its way to Galway Theatre Festival. It received 4 star reviews from Irish Theatre Magazine and The Irish Times as well as garnering a Fringe Awards nomination for Best Female Performer for Roseanna Purcell's role as Daisy.
As the synopsis for the show goes:
Daisy is an unwitting internet celebrity, the ‘Psycho Chugger’ whose video currently has 178, 234 views on Youtube – it is ruining her life.Alan, a blogger by the name of Generalissimo Malaise who claims to target the ‘everyday arsehole’, is the one who made it.And Chris, well he just got caught in the crossfire.There will be casualties when a nasty game of one-upmanship descends into a relentless war. War Of Attrition is a destructively comic thriller that takes you from parties on the streets of Dublin to the darkest parts of the internet where revolution is brewing.
The original cast of John Doran, John Morton and Roseanna Purcell return under the direction of Niamh Moroney. The show plays The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from December 9th-11th and Project Arts Centre, Dublin from December 15th-20th. Tickets for both shows can now be booked online. If you missed out on catching it in 2013, here's your last chance to catch the show!