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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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The Centre Of The Universe

war-of-attrition-programme-6We're delighted to announce that our next production will be The Centre Of The Universe, a one man show written and performed by John Doran. Originally performed as one of the Show In A Bag offerings at the 2014 Tiger Dublin Fringe festival, we're delighted to be taking on production duties for this acclaimed show as it tours throughout 2015. It's the first time we've produced a one man show and it's great to finally have the opportunity to do so. The show is directed by John Morton who returns to the Devious directing saddle having last directed Phantasm in 2012. The Centre Of The Universe tells the story of John, a young man down on his luck, unemployed and drinking too much. On the day of his first job interview for ages, his neuroses and insecurities come crashing down on him resulting in a whole new way of approaching life. John decides to set up his own cult. And he's at the centre of it. Over the course of this engaging, informative talk, he explains how you can join him...
I was just idling around life rather than taking any control of my own. And it made me feel so, inadequate. Alone. Real Loneliness. A bit depressed I guess you could say. Bored. Lonely. Time just passing me by. Feeling alone in the universe.
The received unanimously positive reviews during it's first run and we're delighted to be taking the play to Cork for Quarter Block Party on February 6th before bringing it for a home town jaunt in Cleere's Theatre, Kilkenny from February 11th-14th. Tickets for Cork can be purchased here and tickets for Kilkenny will be going on sale soon. The show will then be returning later in the year for more national dates. Join us...
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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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Remember, Remember The 9th Of December

1527043_10152422931866746_5971948362476405825_nOkay, it's not quite the 5th of November but the Falksian qualities of our cyber revolution in War Of Attrition makes it at least ripe for word play. We're hitting The Watergate Theatre in anticipation of our War Of Attrition opening night tomorrow night, yes, December 9th. We've been reworking some elements of the play, namely upgrading a lot of our design, and we're confident that this rebooted version of last years production is going to knock some socks off. And if you missed it last year, well then all the more reason to seek it out! 10410522_10152431703156746_6131114883741986717_nDirector Niamh Moroney and the team have been reassembling our web based comic thriller in Dublin and Kilkenny over the past three weeks and we're really excited about bringing the show to both counties over the next fortnight. Kilkenny audiences, we'll be opening tomorrow night at 8pm in The Watergate Theatre. It's great to be back there, it always feels like home. So if you're looking for something theatrical to get your teeth into this festive season, come along and see us in action over the next three nights. War Of Attrition opens in The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny on December 9th and runs until Thursday December 11th. Online tickets can be booked here and phone bookings can be made on 056-7761674.
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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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Drifter. Loner. Troublemaker?

woa-characters-CHRIS-smallHere's a first look at a brand new War Of Attrition poster, courtesy of our designer Paddy Dunne. This one shows the character of Chris, played by John Morton, a man of the streets fighting to get back on his feet and caught in the crossfire of a vicious feud between troll and victim. Drifter. Loner. Troublemaker? John Morton is also the writer of War Of Attrition. Previous plays for Devious Theatre include Heart Shaped Vinyl, Smitten and Scratcher. He has previously appeared in bash: latterday plays, Smitten, Scratcher, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, Stags and Hens, Cannibal! The Musical and Trainspotting. 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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Instigator. Provocateur. Troll?

woa-characters-ALAN-smallAs we approach our production of War Of Attrition this coming December, today we unveil the first of a new series of character posters for John Morton's play. The posters are designed by Paddy Dunne who has conjured up a brilliant series of posters for War Of Attrition since its Dublin Fringe Festival debut last autumn. The first shows the character of Alan, played by John Doran. Alan, aka Generalissimo Malaise, is a hugely popular blogger who targets the 'everyday arsehole' online. Instigator. Provocateur. Troll? John Doran's previous stage credits with Devious Theatre include Cannibal! The Musical, Stags and Hens, Shakespeare In Bits and the upcoming radio serial Vultures. He was also the co-writer and director of this years production of Some Flood. 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're so web savvy...
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