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Union Assemble!

The Union - Cast Photo With production ramping up, we are proud to congratulate and announce The Union for this coming term: Kevin Mooney (President), Alexandra Christle (Vice President), Niall Morrissey (Ents Officer), Hazel Doyle (Sports Officer) and Colin O'Brien (Welfare Officer). Kevin Mooney previously appeared in (and co-wrote) Some Flood which played Tiger Dublin Fringe, Quarter and Electric Picnic last year. He's a founding member of our outfit previously appearing in Night Of The Living Dead, Smitten, Heart Shaped Vinyl and The War Of The Worlds (also co-writer). Directing credits include Cannibal! The Musical, Stags and Hens and Heart Shaped Vinyl. Kevin plays The President, the level headed, outgoing leader of the Union who is losing his faith in politics. Alexandra Christle previously appeared in Shifting and Night Of The Living Dead. Alexandra also directed The Union as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1 in 2013. She has also worked behind the scenes on various Devious Theatre shows since 2010. Alexandra plays The Vice President, the ruthlessly ambitious leader in waiting who values the Union above all else. Niall Morrissey is making his debut full production with Devious Theatre. Niall previously performed in The Hellfire Squad as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1. He's a founding member of Journeyman Theatre Company in Cork and we're looking forward to have him join our ensemble. Niall plays The Ents Officer, a party animal and Union stalwart who has been milking his college career far longer than he should have. Hazel Doyle last performed in Phantasm which played Solstice, Abhainn Rí Festival and Out For The Weekend in 2012. Other Devious Theatre credits include Girls In Africa as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1 and Night Of The Living Dead. Hazel plays The Sports Officer, fighter for justice, MMA enthusiast, supreme smack talker and the Union's most combative member. Colin O'Brien has previously appeared in Phantasm, Night Of The Living Dead and Shifting for Devious Theatre. He is the only cast member from The Union at Little Deviations: Volume 1 who returns for this production. Colin plays The Welfare Officer, who takes on the burden of everyone's problems but is falling apart himself amidst academic pressure and increasing drug use. One of them took the money. The Union won't stop until they get to the bottom of it. The play will be directed by John Morton, produced by Ken McGuire and designed by Kate Moylan. Adrian Kavanagh's debut play for us hits Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny from July 29th - August 1st for four shows only. It will also preview for two night's in The Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh on July 24th and 25th. We're delighted to be playing Adrian's hometown for the very first time this summer. Want tickets?
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Lie. Cheat. Steal. Graduate.

teaser-poster-union Here's our first teaser poster for our next production The Union. Adrian Kavanagh's first play for us has been in the works for a while now and we're looking forward to debuting the show in Kilkenny from July 29th to August 1st in Cleere's Theatre. The Union is a furiously funny dramatic retelling of the rise and fall of St. Dominic’s Student Union. The play takes place in the final days of the current student union regime in a failing regional college. Five erstwhile colleagues are locked in one room knowing that one of them stole the €10,060 fundraised cash that their reputations, hopes, dreams, careers and election campaigns are hinged on. Backs will be stabbed, hearts will be broke and throats will be cut. The clock is ticking. We’re going to see how united this Union really is. The show will be directed by John Morton, produced by Ken McGuire, designed by Kate Moylan and stage managed by Aidan Doheny, all of whom worked on last years production of Some Flood. The cast is still being finalised but we'll be announcing the five strong union very soon. Along with the first poster, we've also just launched ticket sales for the show. We're doing a 4 night run of the show in Kilkenny and unlike our previous shows this is absolutely the only run of The Union in our hometown so with a limited capacity in Cleere's, if you want tickets you might want to grab them right here.
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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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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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Join Us…

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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