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The Vultures Playbill

Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1020 Feast your eyes on the full list of episodes for our new detective radio serial Vultures. A killer has struck at the Detective Union Of Ireland Annual General Meeting and soon Wisteria Lodge is in lock down as a hotel full of detectives compete to find a killer. The detectives of Vulture Private Investigations are thrust into a fiendishly twisty murder mystery plot where they must prove their innocence, find a killer and prove their worth as the best detective agency in the country. Hilarity ensues, and of course, murder. With 20 episodes full of cliffhanging, murder solving, detective yarns to keep your ears to, this handy little playbill may just come to your aid. A hearing aid, if you will. List Of Episodes Episode 1. The Deathly Dull Detective Drought - Narrated by Janine Drew Episode 2. The Case Of The Stolen Invites - Narrated by Dan McGrain Episode 3. A Dickening Of Detectives - Narrated by Niall Tennyson Episode 4. Murder In The Conference Room - Narrated by Jim Vultour Episode 5. The Walking Corpse Confusion - Narrated by Janine Drew Episode 6. The Fictional Death Of Basil Maguire - Narrated by Dan McGrain Episode 7. The Mystery Of The Empty Room - Narrated by Niall Tennyson Episode 8. A Rat’s Tale - Narrated by Jack Street Episode 9: Confessions Of A Litter Warden - Narrated by Ned Savage Episode 10: The Painful Predicament Of V.P.I. - Narrated by Jim Vultour Episode 11. The Pretender To The Throne - Narrated by Janine Drew Episode 12.  The Mighty Masters Of Disguise - Narrated by Dan McGrain Episode 13. Four Blind Mice - Narrated by Niall Tennyson Episode 14. Who Framed Ned Savage? - Narrated by Ned Savage Episode 15: The Chaotic Elevator Cliffhanger - Narrated by Janine Drew Episode 16. The Case Of The Wrongful Fingering - Narrated by Jim Vultour Episode 17. The Deadly Incident Of The Deus Ex Machina - Narrated by Niall Tennyson. Episode 18: The Man In The Black Bin Liner - Narrated by Dan McGrain Episode 19: The Snitch’s Dilemma - Narrated by Jack Street Episode 20: Vultures Turned Gamekeepers - Narrated by Jim Vultour THE CAST Janine Drew – Suzanne O’Brien Dan McGrain - David Thompson Niall Tennyson - Seán Hackett Jim Vultour - John Morton Ned Savage / Noel Lovejoy – John Doran Jack Street / Inspector Aeneas Murdoch - Ross Costigan Hamish Lane / Basil Maguire - Ken McGuire Deirdre Dupin / Maeve Munroe - Amy Dunne Tom Moriarty / Jimmy Kolchak - Stephen Colfer Kate Marple - Niamh Moyles You can listen to a new episode daily on KCLR96FM at 1.45pm and 5.45pm each day.
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Developing The Union

the-union-rehearsals_kenmcguire-4 We've had a great time over the last few weeks developing our upcoming production The Union by Adrian Kavanagh. We got to spend some time down in our bunker in The Maltings workshopping the play with a cast, coming up with ideas, establishing the style of the piece and generally, wearing a lot of red. the-union-rehearsals_kenmcguire-3 Then we took a trip up to Dublin to show off some work in progress scenes as part of March Fringe Fuse on Monday night in Fringe Lab. The feedback we got on the night was really beneficial and it's given us a spring in our step going forward with the play. photo Adrian is going to spend the new few months working with us to finish the draft off and all the while we'll be putting the entire production together in the bunker. We're looking forward to unveiling some new work from a new writer and we can't wait to get it out there. Speaking of which, you'll be able to catch The Union when it plays Cleere's Theatre, Kilkenny from July 29th - August 1st. We will be launching full details including ticket sales, very soon indeed.
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United

11020272_10153164781884459_1642458523_n Yup, we're onto the next one... Adrian Kavanagh's first play for Devious Theatre gets its first run out next week. The Union will be presented as a work in progress at the March edition of Fringe Fuse in Dublin on Monday March 9th. We've been workshopping the play over the past week and we're delighted to show some of its early stage work to the public. The play documents the rise and fall of St. Dominic's Student Union as they try and solve the mystery of who stole €10,060 in hard earned funds a week before the presidential election. Over the past few years we've made a lot of work that looks at the effects of Ireland’s economic catastrophe on young people (be it sieges, floods, revolutions, zombies, drugs or hackers). Now, as things get a tad more optimistic, we're looking at young people as political entities themselves. It's about loyalty, corruption, idealism and how the truth can be twisted for any purpose. And it also just so happens to involve five characters locked in one room with their hopes, dreams and fears on the line. Yup, The Breakfast Club was a big influence on The Union and one we're taking a lot of inspiration from. And seeing as this coming week is the 30th anniversary of the release of that iconic movie in Ireland, its a nice time to show off some of our John Hughes inspired new work for the first time. the-union-rehearsals_kenmcguire-1 The cast for this Monday's preview are a well established Devious quintet of Alexandra Christle, Stephen Colfer, Kevin Mooney, Niamh Moroney and David Thompson. The performance is directed by John Morton. If you're interested in getting an early taste of The Union, drop down to Fringe Lab this Monday night at 7.30pm for March Fringe Fuse. Entry is €3 (with a beer) and you'll not get better value for money than that.
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Cork Is The Centre Of The Universe

IMG_4780We 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 Party is 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.
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Take A Walk Down Bridge Street

IMG_5784 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. IMG_5782Lots 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.
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Four For 2015

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 Universe COU PHOTO (7)John 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 plays Quarter 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 Street IMG_5415We'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: Vultures IMG_0856_3_2Okay, 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 Union TheUnion-ForWebThe second of our Little Deviations: Volume 1 crop comes to fruition following on from Some Flood last 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.
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You Want A War?

woa_promophoto-5Well 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. woa_promophoto-10We'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.
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A Bicyle Built For Three

10863938_10152839352596206_7969011655353449906_oActually 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.
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Chugger. Fighter. Traitor?

woa-characters-DAISY-smallHere'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!
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The Psychopath Test

16We'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.
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