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Big Daddy’s 90’s Night

theunion_kenmcguire-cleeres-34 Another sold out house for The Union last night in Cleere's Theatre. Thanks to everyone who's been rocking on in so far! For all y'all looking for the full 90's Night playlist from The Union, here's every tune that's spun on the night. For more of Big Daddy's musical stylings, the next performance of The Union is tonight at 8pm in Cleere's Theatre. Tune! Step On - The Happy Mondays Regulate - Warren G & Nate Dogg Jump Around - House Of Pain Carnaval de Paris - Dario G Connection - Elastica Good Vibrations - Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch Sabotage - Beastie Boys Whatta Man - Salt N Pepa Mo Money Mo Problems - The Notorious B.I.G. Block Rockin' Beats - The Chemical Brothers All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo Never Forget - Take That I Wanna Be Adored - Stone Roses Sexy Boy - Air Freed From Desire - Gala Would I Lie To You? - Charles & Eddie The Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim Baby One More Time - Britney Spears La Passion - Gigi D'Agostino The Man Don't Give A Fuck - Super Furry Animals Want tickets? devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/
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Giving It Socs

Ahead of tonight's opening in Cleere's Theatre, here's the brand spanking new trailer for The Union. Have a look and see St. Dominic's Student Union literally giving it socs. The trailer takes its cue from the yearbook scene in Rushmore so we'll just chalk it down as a homage in the same way the show itself homages The Breakfast Club. It was a nice opportunity to explore some of the more eclectic activities on offer at this failing college and provides a nice backdrop for the events of the play and the titular union who are trying to set the best example they can. But ideals are very hard to maintain. KIlkenny minor hurling championship final with Dicksboro & O'Loughlin Gaels. Photo: Ken McGuire Come watch the rise and fall of the self proclaimed sexiest student union in Ireland when the show opens tonight, July 29th, in Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny. The show runs until this Saturday August 1st, kicking off at 8pm nightly with tickets costing €12. If you want to book online, click here. We hope you'll be giving it socs with us.
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They Came To Get Down

[caption id="attachment_6270" align="aligncenter" width="589"]KIlkenny minor hurling championship final with Dicksboro & O'Loughlin Gaels. Photo: Ken McGuire The cast of The Union are ready to meet you[/caption] After two nights of previews in lovely Graiguenamanagh, we are primed and ready to open The Union this week in Kilkenny City. And we're really excited to show it to hometown audiences. The play is a blast. It's an inventive, wild, raucous show that's half party, half mystery and all the plot pieces are scattered around like a jigsaw for both the audience and characters to pick up and put back together. The reception to the show in Graiguenamanagh was great. After five weeks in the bunker it was great to finally see it meet an audience. It also looks gorgeous with Kate Moylan's brilliant design being complimented by Niamh Moroney and Jack Power's lighting bag of tricks. Here's a look at some production stills from the previews, courtesy of Ken McGuire. [caption id="attachment_6271" align="aligncenter" width="589"]KIlkenny minor hurling championship final with Dicksboro & O'Loughlin Gaels. Photo: Ken McGuire Niall Morrissey and Alexandra Christle in The Union[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6272" align="aligncenter" width="589"]KIlkenny minor hurling championship final with Dicksboro & O'Loughlin Gaels. Photo: Ken McGuire Back to the office for some cans.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6274" align="aligncenter" width="589"]KIlkenny minor hurling championship final with Dicksboro & O'Loughlin Gaels. Photo: Ken McGuire Big Daddy lets the 90's night rip. Photo: Ken McGuire[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6275" align="aligncenter" width="589"]KIlkenny minor hurling championship final with Dicksboro & O'Loughlin Gaels. Photo: Ken McGuire They came to get down. Photo: Ken McGuire[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6276" align="aligncenter" width="589"]KIlkenny minor hurling championship final with Dicksboro & O'Loughlin Gaels. Photo: Ken McGuire Tune. Photo: Ken McGuire[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6279" align="aligncenter" width="589"]KIlkenny minor hurling championship final with Dicksboro & O'Loughlin Gaels. Photo: Ken McGuire Tully's Sign. Photo: Ken McGuire[/caption] And remember to get your tickets for this weeks run. With only 60 seats per night, they won't last long. The Union have come to get down. Make sure you do too.
The Union opens in Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny on July 29th and runs until August 1st at 8pm nightly. devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/
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The Union Forever

11797992_10153409509261113_452874904_n Today's the day we show The Union to the world. Well, Graiguenamanagh at least. We're taking it to the home of the play's writer Adrian Kavanagh for the first of two preview performances. We'll be hitting The Duiske Inn, the spiritual home of Spark Productions. In fact, it is to Sparks what Cleeres Theatre is to us. Conveniently enough, we'll be bringing the show back to Cleeres next week for a 4 night run. The previews kick off tonight at 8pm and tickets are on the door for the preview friendly sum of €12. Then we'll be packing it up and taking it back to Kilkenny for next week's 4 night run. The last four weeks of rehearsals have been a blast and as you can see, the cast of Hazel Doyle, Niall Morrissey, Kevin Mooney, Alexandra Christle and Colin O'Brien have gotten so in sync with each other that they're practically matching. Those St. Dominic's Student Union hoodies might just become a collector's item yet. Get on board, 6 chances only to catch The Union in action. Don't miss out on the team who put the party in party politics.
The Union previews in The Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh tonight July 24th & tomorrow July 25th. The show opens in Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny on July 29th and runs until August 1st at 8pm nightly.  For ticket bookings please go to: http://devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/
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The Vice President

revised-alex Here's our final character poster for The Union. The Vice President of St. Dominic’s Student Union is played by Alexandra Christle. €10,060 stolen. 5 suspects. Let’s see how united this Union really is. #stdominics4ever The Union opens in Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny on July 29th and runs until August 1st at 8pm nightly. Previews take place in The Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh on July 24th & 25th. For ticket bookings please go to: http://devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/
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Writing The Union

unionrehearsals_kenmcguire-24 Adrian Kavanagh writes about the writing of his new play The Union. Did you ever get that feeling, that you are exactly where you need to be? It happened to me when I first walked in the doors of Devious Theatre. They were residing in Kilkenny Arts Office, (the building is now gone) working on their In The Future When All is Well residency. They were casting for a play called Shifting by John Kennedy. Right up my street. As soon as I walked in I knew I needed to be there, to be involved. I was 20. I was cast as a cocky student, Eamon, who came down to party and get the shift. Typecast. The play was great, the people were great and the audience loved it. From that moment, I wanted to write something for Devious, something great. And now here I am, nearly 25, and they are about to hit the stage with The Union. ‘Why the fuck did I write I that, oh lord?’ This is what I would think to myself a lot during the past few months after I’d spend a night writing The Union and sending it on to John (Morton). I’d wake up after a few hours sleep knowing I had written something terrible in there and he was going to call me on it. It was too late though. John would give me the notes, tough but fair. And always right. He’d always give me inspiration though when needed. Stuff like, ‘You’re a great writer lad, you’ll get there’ or ‘Just get stuck in lad, it’s going to be great’. unionrehearsals_kenmcguire-26 There was a handful of ideas I gave John years ago, but we all knew The Union was the one. Funny thing is, if this play had been produced three years ago, it would have been a lot different to what it is now. Ironically, I have spent a lot of time writing plays about college while I myself dropped out in my first year. The college was great, I love the college atmosphere and the opportunities but at the time, it wasn’t for me. I was heading in a different direction. I hadn’t a clue where I was going, I still don’t. I’m just chasing dreams and hoping I end up where I need to be. I remember feeling like everyone had it together, they knew where they were going. But from talking with friends who are now finished, there’s no difference. We’re all in the same boat. I think it’s all about the person, you’ve got to want it, whatever that is. Maybe you don’t know whats going to happen to you and to you I say, don’t worry, just make the most it, you’ve one chance to tell your own story, make it a great one. Maybe someday I’ll have a degree, maybe arts, psychology, something with a wide range of options. Who knows? For now I just want to make the most of what I have. I’d written a few plays for Spark Productions before now, coming of age stories with lots of romantic storylines in them. But this play was different, you can have a lot ideas for stories, but the ones that stick are the ones that get made. Five students locked in a room, trying to figure out who stole 10,000, with an election looming and secrets lurking in the background. Now that’s a play. I wanted to write something that captured my generation, a play that was of the time and for people in their early 20’s right now in 2015. The last five years in general in Ireland, and across Europe have been crazy, it’s history happening right in front of us. unionrehearsals_kenmcguire-19 So much that could be done and said with just five characters in a room. In the early months I was feeling the pressure and to be honest I was sick of writing. I felt alienated and lonely and that maybe people were seeing a side of me that wasn’t me.’Who gives a fuck?’ I kept thinking. I got a stupid kidney stone twice in the early months and I was in horrific pain and while I lay in the hospital I thought to myself, I didn’t want to leave, it was peaceful. I had stopped watching films and reading and I just wanted to give up. I love films, music, books and theatre. I’m the kid who wanted success and fame in a massive way because I watched my mother work twenty jobs to keep us fed and warm. For a while there I gave up, I was on the dole, felt like I had no chances, but now here I am, full time job, Devious producing something I’ve written and most importantly of all, hope. Still no girlfriend, but shur look. bclub1 The first time I watched The Breakfast Club I was 16, it was on late one night on RTE. I stayed up and recorded it. I remember it so vividly, watching this story about five completely different people stuck in a room with one another, but at the same time, they were all in it together, although they were different. They still had the same needs. You watch that and you’d want to thank John Hughes for writing it. I wanted to do that, I wanted to write something great for any teenager who’s just trying to get through those crazy amazing years. If you haven’t watched it, then get off the Facebook and do so. The feeling you get watching it when you grow up is incredible and that’s how I want an audience to feel, I want an audience to leave with their sides sore from laughing, their hands hurt from clapping and a lump in their chest or a tear from their eye, because that made me feel great and I hope it does the same for you. Sharing that with an audience, in a room together, full of friends, with smiles on their faces, is something that brings me great joy. If I was describe this play in a word... it’s a bomb. I wanted a play that felt like you’ve been punched repeatedly non-stop. John really wanted me to unleash the beast on this. From a writers point, I also wanted to do something that shows I’ve improved as a writer and that I’m moving forward. I’ve worked with Devious for years now, and you can’t believe how happy I am that they are bringing this show with a great cast to my hometown of Graiguenamanagh, a beautiful town full of great, funny people, that is rich in arts and character and just great people. Over the past few months of seeing the support from my close friends and seeing the support of some great people at home, I now feel like moving towards telling those stories, the stories of a great town, about the people I know. Like Passion Machine Theatre Company did for the people of Dublin in the 80’s with works from great writers like Roddy Doyle and Paul Mercier. Stories about the family man working hard to help his family. The stories of how a community can come together. The stories about embracing our ruralness and the greatness of that. unionrehearsals_kenmcguire-5 For all those who have seen my work before, my friends, my family and anyone at all really. I hope you come to see this play, because I wrote it for you. I want you to leave laughing and knowing that the 10 or 12 quid you spent on a ticket was worth it, it will be. Without an audience or support, what’s the point? And yes I know Ed Sheeran is playing July 24th and 25th and fair play to him but if some ginger kid who used to busk on a street can make it to Wembley Stadium, then maybe anyone can? Maybe we just have to think there’s a little ginger kid in all of us. Just like John Bender did at the end of The Breakfast Club, I might someday have that moment where my fist hits the air and I walk proud for achieving something. Maybe someday I’ll have great success and be able to give back. Right now all I can do is write. Try my best. Keep going. It’s going to take strength and it’s going to take heart, but I think that comes from the people you know, the people who you support and support you back and I guess I need that. I think we’re all looking for that moment at some point in our lives and I hope you all get it. That fist to the air. That walk away. That rock tune blaring in your head knowing you made it. For all those who have and will support, I thank you. It’s more appreciated than you may realise. Love Adrian ‘Razor’ Kavanagh.
The Union opens in Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny on July 29th and runs until August 1st at 8pm nightly. Previews take place on Adrian's home turf in The Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh on July 24th & 25th. For ticket bookings please go to: http://devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/
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The Welfare Officer

teaser-poster-union-colin The penultimate member of The Union is in attendance. The Welfare Officer of St. Dominic’s Student Union is played by Colin O'Brien. €10,060 stolen. 5 suspects. Let’s see how united this Union really is. #stdominics4ever The Union opens in Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny on July 29th and runs until August 1st at 8pm nightly. Previews take place in The Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh on July 24th & 25th. For ticket bookings please go to: http://devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/
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The Great Big Devious Table Game Of General Knowledge Show?

DeviousTableQuiz3 Ironically for a play set at a 90's night fundraiser, we're throwing a 90's themed table quiz to raise funds for The Union. Join us in Brewery Corner on July 16th for our third annual Great Big Devious Table Game Of General Knowledge Show? That's a super massive table quiz to the uninitiated. It's all to help the funding of our newest show and our continued annual programming and if the last two years are anything to go by, it'll be almighty craic. Test your knowledge, test your might, get your table quiz study on and settle in for rounds on local history, music, tv, theatre and yes, our much admire 'Using Our Acting' round where we use our acting to test people's movie knowledge. The prizes we have on offer this year are just brilliant. Thank you so much to our amazing sponsors who have given us some solid gold prizes: 2 tickets to DruidShakespeare and 2 tickets to Bastard Amber courtesy of Kilkenny Arts Festival, Song of the Sea picture book and signed limited edition print from Cartoon Saloon, 2 tickets to The Elephant Man from Kats Theatre Group, a pile of CD's from KCLR96FM, vouchers from Rollercoaster Records and Hennessy's Sports, some delicious craft beer courtesy of Brewery Corner, Union inspired DVD's from HMV, chocolates, cupcakes and of course, some tickets for The Union itself.
The event will be hosted by these guys. Look how happy they are to see you. unionrehearsals_kenmcguire-20 There's 90's tunes on the night from DJ Razor (who might just be the writer of the play Adrian Kavanagh), spot prizes galore, fun bits to be won and it's only €20 for a table of four! Register teams in advance by emailing info@devioustheatre.com or on the night from 8pm in Brewery Corner!
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The President

union-kev-facebook Here's the first in a series of 5 character posters for The Union. The President of St. Dominic's Student Union is played by Kevin Mooney. €10,060 stolen. 5 suspects. Let's see how united this Union really is. #stdominics4ever The Union opens in Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny on July 29th and runs until August 1st at 8pm nightly. Previews take place in The Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh on July 24th & 25th. For ticket bookings please go to: http://devioustheatre.com/buy-tickets/
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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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