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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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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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#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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#3. Walter Meade

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"I'd call that a good days labour..."

#3. Walter Meade (John Morton) aka The Blacksmith. A veteran of the Rising and suffering from shell-shock as a result. A loud, swaggering one eyed figure obsessed with the work. Highly emotional, quick to temper and very trigger happy. His role in the Squad is a bit of a wild card. Likes a pint. The Loose Cannon. John Morton is one of the co-writers of The Hellfire Squad. Previously for Devious Theatre, John has written the plays War Of Attrition, Scratcher, Smitten and Heart Shaped Vinyl, which he recently directed in a new version. Onstage credits for us include Heart Shaped Vinyl, War Of Attrition, Bash, Scratcher, Smitten, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, Stags and Hens, Cannibal! The Musical and Trainspotting. Other stage credits include Taboo (White Label), Snake Eaters (The New Theatre), Konstantin Has Shot Himself (Sheer Tantrum), Wild Harvest (Watergate Productions). Film and TV credits include Locus Of Control, Old Fangs, Love/Hate, Republic Of Telly, Tobias And The Tree and Fading Away. Recent writing work includes Taboo (White Label) and Bridge Street Will Be (Asylum/Equinox). He also wrote and directed this years RTÉ Storyland pilot Smitten, based on his play. 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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#4. Fr. Desmond Furey

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"Doing the dirty work of a nation..."

Fr. Desmond Furey (Dave Fleming) aka The Defrocked Preacher. A fire and brimstone spewing, chain smoking, tough-as-nails priest who puts the fear of god in the enemy. Long feared as a shin hacking, ultra competitive lover of the GAA, he is lethal with a hurley. Quietly moved to another parish after massacring a pub full of British soldiers. The good lord mostly keeps him calm. The Trainer.

Dave Fleming makes his debut with Devious Theatre. He began his acting career in UCD Dramsoc. Credits include Jacob in Spectres (Sickle Moon Productions), Mick Curley in From the Shannon to the Somme (Kings House, Boyle), Jake in Stones in his Pockets (CAS Productions, National Tour), Antonio in The Merchant of Venice (devise+conquer Productions, National Tour), Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (CYEBO Productions), Warwick in The Lark (Fast Intent, Smock Alley) and Nick in Tonight Everthing’s Going to Change (Back of the Hand, Filmbase). Screen credits include See You (Warrior Films, RTE Shortscreen) and The Hit Producer (Hit Producer Films and Ned Kelly Pictures). Dave is also the co-writer and co-star of webseries The Goo (Awake and Sing Productions). Dave voices various characters in Wonderland Productions walking tour production of Dubliners. 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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#5. Finbarr McLiammoir

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"I wanted a big part in a big story..."

#5. Finbarr McLiammoir (John Doran) aka Paudie Blennerhasset aka Dionysus Ffolliott is a man of many men. A gruff voiced Cork born thespian, of gypsy lineage, with a fine penchant for mimicry and a way with a ballad. He has a devious hold on the dark theatrical arts and uses them to confound all his enemies. Tired of touring 'Brit pandering shite' in repertory, he's joined the noble cause. The Master Of Disguise. John Doran last appeared with us in his one man show The Centre Of The Universe (Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014/Show In A Bag). He also co-wrote and directed Some Flood which toured in 2014. Other Devious Theatre credits include War Of Attrition, Vultures, Shakespeare In Bits, Stags and Hens and Cannibal! The Musical. Other stage credits include Care (Willfredd Theatre), Enjoy (Rough Magic Seeds) Me Michael (Abbey Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (The Gate Theatre) It Folds (Brokentalkers), The Last Post (Just the Lads), 24 Hours Sitcom, Human Child (Collapsing Horse), Die Fledermaus (Aoife Spillane-Hinks), Romeo & Juliet (Corcadorca), Fishes (Bewleys Theatre) and Durang Durang (Brazen Tales). Next up: The Aeneid for Collapsing Horse at Tiger Dublin Fringe. 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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