Written by 12:54 am Devious News, Smitten • One Comment


1. struck, as with a hard blow.
2. grievously or disastrously stricken or afflicted.
3. very much in love.

Following on from the success of Trainspotting, we are proud to announce another first for Kilkenny theatre this coming August. Smitten by John Morton will premiere in The Barn, Church Lane, Kilkenny on Wednesday August 20th and will run until Saturday August 23rd.

John Morton previously wrote Devious Theatre’s first production Heart Shaped Vinyl back in 2006 and this marks his second play to premiere for Devious Theatre. The play is directed by Colm Sheenan, who has worked extensively with us in the past and we’re very excited for him to make his directing debut.

Smitten depicts a tragicomic series of loosely interlinked vignettes set in Kilkenny City over a succession of rainy summer nights. The play takes its cues from the short stories of Raymond Carver and the films of Woody Allen (the early funny ones that is). The characters at the core of Smitten are trying to get their bearings in life, each stuck in their own limbo. The realities of adult life are dealing a harsh blow to the best laid plans, in a way that leaves them totally smitten… in all the meanings of the word.

Alcoholism. Pregnancy. Testicular Cancer. Apathy. Doomed Relationships.
Sock Puppets. Those elusive mystery girls. How to dance to Bruce Springsteen. And rain. Lots of rain. Smitten functions as a theatrical collage, with intertwining narratives and varying forms of narrative giving life to the comic and often tragic stories that litter the rainy streets of Kilkenny City.

The Barn is a studio space that lies right in the heart of medieval Kilkenny. Located in Church Lane, directly behind St. Canice’s Cathedral, the building was formerly home to the old Loreto Convent. The space was developed by Barnstorm Theatre Company who have used it for performance and rehearsal. Devious Theatre are delighted to be the first theatre group outside of Barnstorm to make use of one of the finest performance venues in Kilkenny City and we’re even more delighted to get to show it off to a whole bunch of people who mightn’t have seen it before!

We’re very excited about staging a brand new piece of work. All the more so that we get to stage a brand new piece of Kilkenny based writing. That in itself is a rarity and one we can’t wait to share with you all.

Tickets for Smitten are being sold in Rollercoaster Records, Kieran Street from 21st of July and they are 10EURO. The show runs August 20 – 23 and starts 8pm nightly. For more information and updates, check out www.devioustheatre.com

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