We go again tonight, 8pm. No better way to spend a Thursday night in Kilkenny this week...
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Alexandra Christle last appeared as the Vice President in last years production of The Union by Adrian Kavanagh. Other appearances with Devious Theatre include Amy in Shifting and in zombified form as Maeve in Night Of The Living Dead. She also directed The Union as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1 in 2013.
Philip Brennan has previously appeared with us as Johnny in Night Of The Living Dead in 2012 and in The Hellfire Squad as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1, which he also directed. Other recent credits include The Last Post by Just The Lads and Rise from The 1916 Project in which he plays Thomas MacDonagh. Heart Shaped Vinyl returns to John Cleere's Bar & Theatre from May 18th-21st / 25th-28th. Tickets for the show can be booked here. This series of posters designed by Ken McGuire.
Two gals battle "the fear" towards clarity... kind of.
The final preview of our Devious 10 programme is Pulled from Niamh Moroney which will debut in Waterford and Kilkenny this autumn.
In Pulled, Amanda and Michelle battle through the fear and a digital rollercoaster of clues to assemble memories of a particularly wasted night. The show is written by Devious Theatre founding member Niamh Moroney and marks her first staged writing for us. It's also the first full length play we've produced from a female writer and we couldn't pick a better one.
Niamh is one of the original founding members of Devious Theatre and has worked in many different capacities with the company over the last decade. Directing credits include Trainspotting and War Of Attrition with acting credits including Heart Shaped Vinyl, Cannibal! The Musical and Smitten. Over the last few years she has gained acclaim for her work as a writer/performer with successful shows such as the award winning Yer Wan and X+Y under her belt.
Pulled has been developed by Niamh and Andrea Bolger, who will be making her debut with us in the show. It also marks our first co-production and we are delighted to be partnering with Central Arts for Pulled. Central Arts are a production house based in Waterford where Niamh recently became their first artist residence. Developed over the past (and next) few months as part of her residency, Pulled will land in their 60 capacity theatre space from September 13th-15th. It will then travel to Set Theatre in Kilkenny where it plays for September 29th-October 1st.
Here's a trailer for the show, to get you in the mood for September. Get ready to pull.
"From the ruins of the G.P.O. they came. By design they were to be anonymous, unheard of, unseen. Their purpose was clear: to move like ghosts through the streets of Dublin and put the fear of God in the occupying forces. I saw it first hand. The Squad. Collins’ chosen ones. The Apostles. But that’s not what I knew them men as. To me they were born from ashes and forever more cloaked in hellfire. Don’t be lurking in those shadows… come out to us now…" - The Bould Kathleen Sweeney
So begins the tale of the Squad. The next preview of our Devious 10 stock is the rip roaring, hell blazing yarn that is The Hellfire Squad, which will be our second release this year when it lands this summer.
Written by Peter McGann and John Morton, the play is a riotous, men on a mission, action comedy exploring the origins of the hit squad assembled by Michael Collins in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising. The infamous squad Collins created have never been the focus of a dramatic narrative until now, despite being an integral part of his legend. The Hellfire Squad looks at the impact this secret band of assassins made on Irish history in contrast to the secretive nature of their roles. The resultant story is a tightly woven journey, primarily fiercely comical, but just as powerful, tragic and frightening as the history it sprung from. The production will be directed by Sarah Baxter and produced by Ken McGuire. It opens in Project Arts Centre, Dublin where it will play from July 18th-23rd before hitting our hometown of Kilkenny where it will play The Watergate Theatre as part of this years AKA programme from July 28th-30th. It was previously presented in work in progress form as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1 in August 2013.
The creative squad working on it thus far are:
Peter McGann (Co-Writer): This is Peter's first written work for the stage. His previous work has been for screen including the short films The Eyeball Waltz, Go West and Nugent. He is currently one of the writers of Republic Of Telly. He was also one of the makers of Vultures and has also acted in numerous films and TV shows over the years including Smitten, Hot Water Bottle, Daffney Molloy And Other Catastrophes and Swerve for Mycrofilms in Kilkenny.
John Morton (Co-Writer): John's last written work for Devious Theatre was War Of Attrition which premiered in 2013 at Dublin Fringe Festival. Previous Devious Theatre plays include Scratcher, Smitten and his first play, and our next production, Heart Shaped Vinyl. His last play Taboo was presented by White Label in The New Theatre this past February. He was also the writer of community theatre project Bridge Street Will Be in 2015. Co-writes include Night Of The Living Dead and The War Of The Worlds.
Sarah Baxter (Director): Sarah is making her directing debut with us. Previous directing work includes Taboo by John Morton, Jellyfish (Out to Lunch Festival 2016, Belfast/ Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015, Rich Mix, London and Foundation15 Arts Festival) To Space (Adelaide Fringe 2016, Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe 2015) The Art Of Ladylike and Flies (Collaborations Festival 2014). As assistant director: Howie The Rookie (Landmark Productions) A Particle Of Dread / Oedipus Variations (Field Day Theatre Company, Rian (Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre Company) and The Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre).
Ken McGuire (Producer): A founding member of Devious Theatre, Ken has previously produced many of our shows including The Union, War Of Attrition, Bash, Night Of The Living Dead, Smitten, Shifting, Scratcher, Dario Fo Season and Stags and Hens. Directing work for us includes Cannibal! The Musical (with Kevin Mooney), The War Of The Worlds and iphigenia in orem as part of Bash.
The eight strong cast are currently being shrouded in secrecy so we won't be announcing them just yet but when we do, we'll be striking from the shadows.
This is the first period piece we've done since Cannibal! The Musical (although we probably should count Heart Shaped Vinyl in that number) and we're very excited to tackle Irish history for the first time. This is our contribution to the centenary celebrations for 1916 and takes a skewed perspective on the events of the time, focusing on a group intent on achieving the infamy and burgeoning myth of the Easter Rising martyrs. It's a mish mash of styles and genres but when pressed, we've mostly been calling it a Western. Here's a look at some of the inspirations we've had on the go throughout the development of the show.
A terrible bastard will be born. The Hellfire Squad lands this July and tickets will be going on sale soon. We'll also be launching a Fund It campaign to support the show so please keep an eye out for that.
God bless the work.
Written on April 21, 2016
"Since you've got to go, oh you'd better go now..."The first album cover for Heart Shaped Vinyl has landed and we're kicking things off in chronological fashion with the 1960's. SIDE A: 1963 - Runaway by Del Shannon The Windmills have broken up after a disastrous gig. Julie's going solo. Is Gerry going with her? SIDE B: 1968 - Don't Think Twice, It's All Right by Bob Dylan Gerry and Julie reunite to talk about the showband days. But they're both having second thoughts. Simone Kelly and John Morton return to play the parts they originated in the first version of the play in 2006.
Simone Kelly reprises her role here after playing Julie in the 2006 and 2007 productions we staged. Other Devious Theatre credits include Beulah in Cannibal! The Musical, Lizzie in Trainspotting and Maria Feletti in Accidental Death Of An Anarchist. John Morton is the writer of this play and directs it here for the first time. He last directed The Union in 2015. Onstage credits with Devious Theatre include War Of Attrition, Bash, Smitten, Scratcher, Trainspotting and Cannibal! The Musical. For us, he has previously written Smitten, Scratcher and War Of Attrition. His last play Taboo was produced this past February in association with White Label.
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