At the beginning of the year, we usually like to lay out our stall and tell people what they can expect from us. Sometimes it’s possible, sometimes it’s not but in the case of 2015, we can confirm what kinds of devious theatre you’ll be seeing from us over the next 12 months. We’re very excited about this years work and we hope you will be too.
Here’s what we’ve got lined up:
#1: The Centre Of The Universe
John Doran’s one man show premiered as an acclaimed Show In A Bag offering at last years Tiger Dublin Fringe. It’s hitting the road in 2015 and we’re delighted to be producing it. Directed by John Morton, it tells the story of a disillusioned young man who decides to set up his own cult. It’s a frenetic mix of comedy and drama all anchored by a tour de force turn from Doran. Think of it as a TED talk that spins off in some wild directions and you’re in the ballpark. We’ve been itching to do a one man show for a while and no better one man than John Doran. It plays Quarter Block Party on February 7th before a Kilkenny run in the intimate confines of Cleeres Theatre from February 11th to 14th. It will be hitting the road later in the year. You can get your tickets here.
#2: Bridge Street
We’re excited to be involved in our first co-production and we couldn’t have a better project than Bridge Street. Working alongside Corcadorca, Equinox Theatre Company and Studio Weave, the site specific show explores a street in a regular Irish town struggling to keep onto the purpose it once had. Bridge Street (recently explored in The Irish Times series The Street) was once a prominent midway point between Cork and Dublin, it’s had a long and storied history and over the course of this show, audiences will get to explore it. Bridge Street is being directed by Pat Kiernan and scripted by John Morton. For anyone who hasn’t had a chance to see the amazing work being done in Callan in places like KCAT, Fennelly’s and Equinox, then make sure you book a ticket for this summer’s Abhainn Ri Festival. In the meantime, check out Equinox’s The Memory Box which is on tour next month.
Okay, we thought it would happen last year but broadcast dates aren’t ours to decide so we’ve just been sitting in dark rooms adding more sinister sound effects. This new 20 part radio serial will hit the airwaves (and the web) in 2015. The Detective Union Of Ireland AGM is thrown into turmoil when Ireland’s greatest sleuth Basil Maguire is murdered. Who would murder a detective in a hotel full of detectives? A frantic race to uncover the culprit (and win the bragging rights) ensues. The case is investigated by 6 narrators and the show employs a wide and varied voice cast playing multiple parts. That cast are Stephen Colfer, Ross Costigan, John Doran, Amy Dunne, Seán Hackett, Ken McGuire, John Morton, Niamh Moyles, Suzanne O’Brien and David Thompson. To get warmed up, check out the previous incarnation of Vultures.
#4: The Union
The second of our Little Deviations: Volume 1 crop comes to fruition following on from Some Flood last year. Adrian Kavanagh has done some fantastic work with his company Spark Productions over the past few years and we’re excited to be bringing the work of another new Kilkenny writer to the stage. And with a Carlow setting, we’re definitely getting cosy with the neighbours this year. (Vultures is also set, and was recorded, in Carlow). Keeping it south east! A very noir tinged, Breakfast Club inspired, locked room mystery story, The Union sees the five members of St. Dominic’s Student Union stuck in their office with a missing €5,000, a huge loan to pay off, a looming election and a tense amount of interpersonal friction. Backs will be stabbed, hearts will be broke and throats will be cut when The Union visit Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny from July 29th to August 1st this summer. We’re hoping to add a few more dates along the way so stay tuned.
This is us for 2015. We hope you’ll come to see us along the way! If you’d like to support this work further, please consider joining our Friends Of Devious Theatre programme. There are plenty of perks involved and you’d be really helping the cause.
Stay tuned here for more details.