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Devious 10 And Done

devious10 And that's a wrap on our Devious 10 programme marking a decade of us making theatre that can be described as somewhat devious. Thanks so very much to everyone who came to support the three plays we produced this year. A special thanks to our venues, the Kilkenny threesome of Cleeres Theatre, The Watergate Theatre and Set Theatre as well as Project Arts Centre in Dublin and our co-producers for Pulled, Central Arts in Waterford. We'd also like to heartily thank Kilkenny Arts Office for all their support as well as Kilkenny County Council and all those who supported our Fund It for The Hellfire Squad. Most of all, thank you to the audience members who came out in their droves in 3 counties over the past 5 months and made each of our shows a packed one. You'll now find that Heart Shaped Vinyl, The Hellfire Squad and Pulled have gone to join our other productions in the great big Devious archive. Speaking of which, here's the rundown of all 24 productions we produced over 10 years. Ah, the memories... Heart Shaped Vinyl (2006/07) dee-dee-jimmy-skids Cleeres Theatre in both productions. Suzanne O'Brien as DeeDee and Ross Costigan as Jimmy. Written by John Morton. Directed by Kevin Mooney. Cannibal! The Musical (2007) cast1 The cast of Cannibal! The Musical in The Watergate Theatre in August 2007. Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Directed by Kevin Mooney and Ken McGuire. Trainspotting (2008) 14570522_10153772005561746_7203170361893503576_o The Watergate Theatre (2008). Ross Costigan as Renton and Ken McGuire as Tommy. Written by Harry Gibson. Directed by Niamh Moroney and John Morton. Smitten (2008) what-i-should-have-said-was Originally staged in The Barn (2008). Jack O'Leary (Tony), Kevin Mooney (Dave), Niamh Moroney (Cat), Annette O'Shea (Bronagh). Written by John Morton. Directed by Colm Sheenan. The War Of The Worlds (2008) mooney
Kevin Mooney recording for our first radio production on KCLR96FM. Written by Kevin Mooney and John Morton. Directed by Ross Costigan and Ken McGuire. Shakespeare In Bits (2009)
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The first staging of the show in Rothe House. Scott Barriscale, John Morton, Kevin Mooney, Ken McGuire, John Doran, Stephen Colfer and Niamh Moroney. Devised by the ensemble. Stags and Hens (2009) on-stage-kav-peter-robbie Stags and Hens in The Watergate Theatre (2009). Geoff Warner Clayton as Kav, Ed Murphy as Peter and John Morton as Robbie. Written by Willy Russell. Directed by Kevin Mooney. Accidental Death Of An Anarchist (2009) adoaa-onstage-super-madman-pisani Set Theatre (2009). Ken McGuire as Superintendent, David Thompson as The Madman, Alan Butler as Inspector Pisani. Written by Dario Fo. Directed by John Morton. Part one of our Dario Fo Season. Can't Pay? Won't Pay! (2010) CPWP On Stage - Luigi on Antonia Set Theatre (2010). Hazel Fahy as Marguerita, Ross Costigan as Luigi, Angela Barrett as Antonia, Ken McGuire as Giovanni. Written by Dario Fo. Directed by John Morton. Part two of our Dario Fo Season. Scratcher (2011) Scratcher 10 Kilkenny Arts Office (2011). Annette O'Shea as P, Amy Dunne as McC. Written and directed by John Morton. Produced and originally performed as part of The Theatre Machine Turns You On: Vol II in Project Arts Centre. The first part of our In The Future When All's Well Residency in Kilkenny Arts Office. Shifting (2011) Shifting 15 Kilkenny Arts Office (2011). Adrian Kavanagh as Eamon, Jessica Walsh as Anna, Ruth Phelan as Sarah. Written by John Kennedy. Directed by John Morton. As part of our In The Future When All's Well Residency in Kilkenny Arts Office. Smitten (2011) S5 Kilkenny Arts Office (2011). Tony (Jack O'Leary) and Cat (Amy Dunne) breaking up. Written by John Morton. Directed by Angela Barrett and John Morton. As part of our In The Future When All's Well Residency in Kilkenny Arts Office. Debuted at Solstice, Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2011. Bash: Latterday Plays (2011) bash promo 4 Cleeres Theatre (2011). Annette O'Shea as the woman in Medea Redux. Written by Neil LaBute. Directed by John Morton. Phantasm (2012) Phantasm_ForWeb-6 Cleeres Theatre as part of OFTW 2012. Colin O'Brien as Adam. Hazel Doyle as Frankie. Written by John Kennedy. Directed by John Morton. Debuted at Solstice, Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2012. Night Of The Living Dead (2012) NightOfTheLivingDead_SneakPeek5 The Watergate Theatre (2012). Nuala Roche as Helen, Ed Murphy as Ben, Paul Young as Harry, Aoibhín Murphy as Judy, Kevin Mooney as Tom, Connie Walsh as Babs and John Kennedy as Frankie . Written by Connie Walsh and John Morton. Directed by John Morton. Little Deviations: Volume 1 (2013) 971561_10151488185456746_810045167_n Five Devious work in progress presented in Cleeres Theatre in August 2013. Hazel Doyle and Aoibhín Murphy rehearsing Girls In Africa by John Kennedy. War Of Attrition (2013/14) woa_promophoto-9 The Watergate Theatre (2013/14). Roseanna Purcell as Daisy, John Doran as Alan, John Morton as Chris. Written by John Morton. Directed by Niamh Moroney. Debuted at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013. Some Flood (2014) some_flood_production2 Smock Alley Theatre (2014). Kevin Mooney and Ed Murphy as Noah and Survivor. Written by John Doran and Kevin Mooney. Directed by John Doran. The Centre Of The Universe (2015) IMG_4780 Bewley's Cafe Theatre (2014/15). John Doran as John. Written by John Doran. Directed by John Morton. Originally a Show In A Bag production for Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014. Vultures (2015) Vultures_KCLR_ForWeb-1020 Aired on KCLR96FM in March and April of 2015. John Morton (Jim Vultour), Suzanne O'Brien (Janine Drew), David Thompson (Dan McGrain) and Seán Hackett (Niall Tennyson). Written and directed by John Morton. The Union (2015) theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-9 Cleeres Theatre (2015). Hazel Doyle as The Sports Officer, Kevin Mooney as The President, Alexandra Christle as The VP, Niall Morrissey as The Ents Officer, Colin O'Brien as The Welfare Officer. Written by Adrian Kavanagh. Directed by John Morton. Heart Shaped Vinyl (2016) hsv-deedee-jimmy Cleeres Theatre (2016). Alexandra Christle as DeeDee, Kevin Mooney as Jimmy. Written and directed by John Morton. The Hellfire Squad (2016) The Hellfire Squad Project Arts Centre (2016). John Doran as McLiammoir, Ed Murphy as De Courcey, John Morton as Meade, Peter McGann as Dicey, Stephen Colfer as Quincannon, David Fennelly as McRoth and Dave Fleming as Fr. Furey. Written by Peter McGann and John Morton. Directed by Sarah Baxter. Pulled (2016) pulled7 Central Arts (2016). Niamh Moroney as Amanda, Andrea Bolger as Michelle. Written by Niamh Moroney. Directed by Ita Morrissey. Co-produced with Central Arts. If you were paying attention to our programmes over the last decade, you'd see that the kiss off line in each programme contains a line of dialogue from the show that was to follow. And over 10 years, we got 21 out of 24 right... which was a good batting average! Pulled was the first show in this time to not have a link to the next show. For the first time in a long time, we've nothing immediately lined up. We're going dark for a while and back to the drawing board. But when we return you can be sure we'll do it in the most devious way possible. Until then...
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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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Fight The Fear

pulled7 We're now one week off the opening of Pulled in Set Theatre, Kilkenny. After a smash hit run in Waterford with our production partners at Central Arts, the show is ready to take a hometown bow. Following on from Heart Shaped Vinyl and The Hellfire Squad, this final production of our Devious 10 programme is strutting onto the stage next Thursday for 3 nights only. It marks our first return to Set Theatre since our Dario Fo Season back in 2009/10. Here's what some of the press have been saying about the show. "This play will appal some, infuriate others but the characterisations are shamefully real" - The Munster Express "Niamh Moroney has again given us an insight into the millennial generation... she has devised a piece that lightens the sombre elements with plenty of laugh out loud moments" - The Kilkenny People pulled5 Andrea Bolger and Niamh Moroney have been playing a blinder under the direction of Ita Morrissey and the story of two girls struggling with meaningful life decisions as they fight the fear through an alcoholic, Snapchatting blur is going down a storm with audiences.  Avoid the crippling fear and make sure you get your tickets. 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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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 – 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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