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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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#1. ‘The Bould’ Kathleen Sweeney

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"We do the jobs we're given..."

#1. Kathleen Sweeney (Annette O'Shea) aka The Bould Kathleen. A publican and proprietor of the local Republican hub. Tasked with assembling the squad and overseeing their training. Frequently patronised but a better fighter than any man. Foul of mouth and quick to draw, she's here to fight for her freedom. Not a fan of loud noises. The Agent.

Annette O'Shea last appeared for us in The Hellfire Squad as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1. Previous credits for Devious Theatre include Bash, Scratcher and both productions of Smitten. Other stage credits include Before The Party directed by Tom Conti for Bill Kenwright Productions, Madame Knorr in On The Razzle (Pleasance Theatre), Mary Shelley (Pleasance Theatre), The Twelfth Night, Enlightenment, Hindle Wakes, The Rivals, The Lady’s Tragedy (LAMDA), The Crucible (Keegan Theatre, Washington) and Lovers (Watergate Productions). Short film credits include Adomba (Cellar Door Productions), Hunting Dragons (Fridge Magnet Pictures). Radio credits include Oonagh in Behind and Desperation (KCLR) and Sheila in The Undertakers (Evil Genius Productions). 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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#6. Dicey McGurk

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"Well painted by reputation..."

#6. Dicey McGurk (Peter McGann) aka The Syphilitic Salesman. A shady, wife seducing, clap ridden, arms procuring, travelling lingerie salesman. His reputation is that of a coward and thief, who looted the fashionable stores of Dublin City during the Rising. However, he is cunning at weapon concealment and an explosives expert. Michael Collins has put his name on the list for a reason. Dicey's shot at redemption has arrived. The Gun Runner. Peter McGann  is the co-writer of The Hellfire Squad and this marks his debut writing work for the stage. Previous onstage appearances with Devious Theatre include The Union as part of Little Deviations: Volume 1. He has a Masters in screenwriting from the Huston Film School, NUIG. He wrote and directed the short films The Eyeball Waltz (Fastnet Film Festival), Go West, Sure Look This Is It and Not Tonight. He writes and performs as Dick Liver on Republic Of Telly and as stand-up comedian Liam Nugent in online shorts and the upcoming one-man show An Evening With Liam Nugent. As an actor he has appeared in short films Cavalier, Safari Springs, Hot Water Bottle, Daffney Malloy And Other Catastrophes, Colossus, Barry and Swerve. He also appears in the RTÉ Storyland pilot Smitten and the upcoming feature film Locus Of Control. 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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#7. Austin De Courcey

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"Burns like the dickens, but gets the job done..."

#7. Austin De Courcey (Ed Murphy) aka The 3rd Earl Of Roundwood. A well bred, dapper land owner of British descent who likes to smoke a pipe, swig a brandy and kill any man who besmirches his beloved Eire. He might be a Protestant, yes and quite removed from the rest of the squad but he stands his ground as a proud local, born and bred. Woe betide the man who underestimates him because of his means. The Reconnaissance Man. Ed Murphy has previously appeared for Devious Theatre in Some Flood, Night Of The Living Dead, Shakespeare In Bits, Stags and Hens and Cannibal! The Musical. Ed also directed Tenterhooks, one of the five pieces presented at Little Deviations: Volume 1. Other stage credits include TEXT|Messages (Project Arts Centre), Twelfth Night (AC Productions), Strange Attractors (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Fused (Dublin Fringe Festival 2013), This Is It (Just The Lads). Film and television credits include Reign, Gardar in History’s Vikings, the lead role of Danny in Mark Sheridan’s new feature film Crone Wood, Jim Sheridan’s new feature film The Secret Scripture, Fir Bolg, a comedy mini-series for TG4, and a role in director Brian Dean’s Storyland web series CTRL. The Hellfire Squad 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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More Myth Than Men…

  hellfire-promo-4 The first trailer for The Hellfire Squad is here. Never let history get in the way of a good yarn. It shows the squad assembling for the group shot that you glimpsed in the main poster for the show. This trailer was shot, directed and edited by the terribly talented Fergal Costello. Michael Collins infamous hit squad are bringing the hellfire to Project Arts Centre from July 18-23 and The Watergate Theatre from July 28-30. God bless the work.
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Devious 10: The Hellfire Squad

hellfire-web "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 Squadwhich 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. HellfireSquad-ForWeb 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. IMG_6148 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.
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Poor Peter McGann is missing from this but if it's any consolation, he's not as handsome as this shower.

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You can have a listen to an extended version of the chat below and if you haven't got your tickets yet, 200mg Retin A Serum, Retin A Serum mexico, drop down to Cleeres Theatre, book on 056 - 7762573 or get them online right here.

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Kicking off with the 1916 Rising and leading all the way into the War Of Independence, The Hellfire Squad takes lots of liberties with historical fact and offers a new take on the origins of Michael Collins famed hit squad. All things going to plan, we hope to put it on the stage on the centenary of the Rising in 2016, Sodium Citrate In Erythromycin us.

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Richie last appeared for us as the Sheriff Of Saguache in Cannibal. The Musical. Stephen has amassed many credits for us over the years including Cannibal. Sodium Citrate In Erythromycin paypal, The Musical, the role of Spud in Trainspotting, Stevey in Smitten, Billy in Stags and Hens and Shakespeare In Bits, Sodium Citrate In Erythromycin usa. Niall is making his debut with us and we're delighted to welcome him on board. Ken has previously appeared in an exhausting amount of our plays including Heart Shaped Vinyl, both productions of Smitten, Cannibal, Sodium Citrate In Erythromycin. The Musical, 250mg Sodium Citrate In Erythromycin, Trainspotting, Stags and Hens, The War Of The Worlds, Shakespeare In Bits, Sodium Citrate In Erythromycin japan, Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, Can't Pay. Won't Pay!, Scratcher and Bash. Annette has previously appeared in both productions of Smitten, Scratcher and Bash.

The Hellfire Squad is going to be the biggest and brashest of Little Deviations: Volume 1. You can catch it and all the other new works this week as we play August 2nd & 3rd in Cleeres Theatre. Tickets can be bought at the venue on Parliament Street, can be booked on 056-7762573 or buy them here at this handy online link.

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