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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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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

pulled-A3 And we're onto the next one. The third and final part of our Devious 10 programme is Pulled by Niamh Moroney. A comedy about two girls fightin' the fear. Who will pull through? Amanda or Michelle? Maybe they'll just pull the heads off each other... Join these two man eating club stomping wans as they battle one of the worst hangovers of their lives as they attempt to follow a trail of snapchats, texts, and selfies back to memories long lost to shots- what and who they did last night?! How did Michelle end up here, where the hell was Amanda? Or... do they even want to know? 
Following Niamh's highly successful self penned & produced tour of YER WAN in 2014 & 2015, Pulled continues to explore the debacle of being a young woman on the pull in this day and age. How do young women react to a crisis when the odds are against them in pretty much every single way? Pulled marks a major new collaboration between the two South East companies, Central Arts of Waterford, and Devious Theatre of Kilkenny, and is the third production in the celebration of Devious's 10th birthday. It is also the second in house production Central Arts will present around the time they are officially celebrating their second birthday.
Pulled will be performed by Niamh Moroney and Andrea Bolger who makes her debut with us. The show is directed by Ita Morrissey who we are delighted to welcome on board for the first time. It is produced by John O'Connell of Central Arts.
Pulled premieres in Central Arts, Waterford from September 13th-17th. It follows up with a three night run in the Set Theatre, Kilkenny from September 29th-October 1st.
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God Bless The Work

hellfire_squad_web-47 The work is nearly over. And what a week it's been. We've been bowled over by the houses, the reaction, the applause. It's been terrific to bring the show to a hometown audience as part of the AKA festival. And thankfully it's all been going down a storm. Thank you from the bottom of our heart to everyone who has attended the show and supported its run both in Dublin and in Kilkenny. 13701186_10154416271584459_8433029674565908229_o And now the curtain is closing. We're down to the last performance of The Hellfire Squad tonight in The Watergate Theatre. It's your final chance to see the show before it becomes history. Don't miss your last opportunity to see us. We're going out with all guns blazing. 13701156_10154416271559459_4714757565281294346_o If you want to get tickets for the final show you can book them on 056-7761674 or online here. God bless the work.
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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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Fire and Brimstone

hellfire-promo-8 The countdown is finished. Tonight we're going straight to hell... The Hellfire Squad previews in Project Arts Centre tonight. We'll be opening proper on Tuesday night and then it's a straight sprint to this Saturday. We've launched the second trailer for the play which sees Michael Collins' list made flesh. It's a full countdown of the outlaws and bandits who make up The Squad. It was shot by Fergal Costello and edited by Peter McGann, the saucy co-writer of this tale. Take a look here: Are you ready to help us bless the work? 8.15pm in Project Cube is the place where the squad will perform for the first time. We'll bring the brimstone, you bring your good selves, and some fire. You can ensure your tickets for the show right here. God bless the work.
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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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