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Some Flood

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The new Devious Theatre production hits home soil this week. Some Flood is an apocalyptic new comedy written by the talented twosome of John Doran and Kevin Mooney and starring Kevin alongside Eddie Murphy. I’m currently producing the show and I’m having the craic doing so. It’s a sharp, fucked up tale of apocalypse, recycling and survival tactics set entirely on last man left in Ireland’s roof. John and Kevin are making something really special here and it’s as funny as all hell. We previewed the show in Dublin last week at Collaborations and it went down really well, as any show with handsome near naked men cavorting would.

We’re showing it in all its glory in Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny this week from March 11th to 15th. It starts at 8pm nightly (with lunchtime shows on the 14th and 15th) and you can get tickets online here. I also highly recommend checking out the entire original soundtrack for the show from Moses Moorhouse. Some job.

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Some Flood Rising

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The new show from Devious Theatre is John Doran and Kevin Mooney’s apocalyptic new comedy Some Flood.

We’ve just announced it for a work in progress showing at Quarter in Cork on February 1st. It will then be up on its feet for two performances at Collaborations in Smock Alley Theatre on March 5th and 7th. Then we’re heading down to home turf at Cleeres Theatre in Kilkenny for a run from March 11th – 15th.

The show is a darkly comic survival tale about Noah, the last man left in Ireland after a biblical flood wipes out the whole country. It’s looking dangerously topical right now and once people aren’t sick to death of shite weather, hopefully they’ll come see it. The show is going to be performed by Kevin Mooney and Eddie Murphy and directed by John Doran. I’m on producing duties for this one and I’m fierce excited to see Devious Theatre getting more original work by new writers onto the stage.

This teaser poster was designed by Kasia Kaminska and Ken McGuire and they have a main poster a brewing on the horizon which I’m very excited about.

For more on the show, including tickets, head over and check out devioustheatre.com

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War Out West

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We had a blast with War Of Attrition at Dublin Fringe Festival and just finished up the Kilkenny run of things this week. Next step on the war trail is next week when we take the show to the Galway Theatre Festival.

It’s the first time Devious Theatre are taking a show to Galway and it’s one of the biggest boxes we’ve wanted to tick on our ‘doing a show in this town’ list. Absolutely love Galway so it’ll be a real pleasure to perform the show in An Taibhdhearc this Wednesday and Thursday October 2nd and 3rd.

One of my favourite ladies in the world Amy Dunne will also be joining the cast, replacing Roseanna Purcell as Daisy. This is the final run out for the show this year so if you’re in and around the Galway vicinity, come see us.

For more check out devioustheatre.com

An Taibhdhearc this Wednesday and Thursday October 2nd and 3rd – See more at: http://devioustheatre.com/war-west-20130930/#sthash.ni0QGJWM.dpuf
An Taibhdhearc this Wednesday and Thursday October 2nd and 3rd – See more at: http://devioustheatre.com/war-west-20130930/#sthash.ni0QGJWM.dpuf
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War Of Attrition Trailer

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War Of Attrition

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I’ve been working overtime on the first production of my new play War Of Attrition. It opens next week at the Dublin Fringe Festival.

I’m very excited about it, although at this stage I’ve been writing it for so long, I just don’t know what’s what anymore. Like a man with a concussion trying to rehearse a play. Total blitzkrieg on my brain. Niamh Moroney has done an amazing job of turning it into a play and I couldn’t ask for better acting comrades than John Doran and Roseanna Purcell. Anyway, here’s the synopsis of what it’s all about:

Daisy is the unwitting star of a viral video, Psycho Chugger, which currently sits on 178,234 YouTube views. And it’s ruining her life. Alan is the one who made it. A blogger who goes by the name of Generalissimo Malaise, he targets the ‘everyday arsehole’. Chris is a homeless man who just got caught in the crossfire of their feud. Devious Theatre bring their destructive new comedy to the streets of Dublin. There will be casualties.

The aforementioned Psycho Chugger video has been made into a promo for the show and you can watch it right here:

We’ve also made a main promo trailer for the show that shows the interrogation of unreliable narrators, which is a strong aspect of the play. And you can check that one out here.

The show opens next Monday in Players Theatre, Trinity College and runs until September 14th at 8pm nightly. Tickets can be bought from the Festival Box Office in Filmbase on Curve Street or else you can call them on 1850 374 643! Tickets can be purchased online right here.

Tickets can be bought from the Festival Box Office in Filmbase on Curve Street or else you can call them on 1850 374 643! Tickets can be purchased online right here. – See more at: http://devioustheatre.com/life-wartime-2-daisy-psycho-chugger-20130902/#sthash.XwTrd1pd.dpuf
Tickets can be bought from the Festival Box Office in Filmbase on Curve Street or else you can call them on 1850 374 643! Tickets can be purchased online right here. – See more at: http://devioustheatre.com/life-wartime-2-daisy-psycho-chugger-20130902/#sthash.XwTrd1pd.dpuf
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Little Deviations: Volume 1

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Devious Theatre are presenting a few works in development this week as part of a scratch show called Little Deviations: Volume 1 (‘cos you never know when you might need to do another).

I’ve been producing the show, directing one of them, have worked on two of them as a writer and will be selling tickets so as usual, I’m overdoing it and I’m a mess. But the show has a really talented line up and I’m beyond excited about seeing what they come up with on the night(s). Altogether it’s 6 writers, 5 directors, 16 actors, 5 future plays, 2 nights, 10 Euros, 120 seats and MAXIMUM theatrical fun.

The plays getting the rehearsed reading treatment over the two nights include:

Girls In Africa by John Kennedy. Mary and Sally want to raise money to undertake charity work in Africa. The easy part? Fundraising. The hard part? Surviving Africa. I’m directing the power houses that are Hazel Doyle, Adrian Kavanagh and Aoibhín Murphy.

Tenterhooks is a new full length play based on an old short play I once wrote. Eddie Murphy directs Leah Egan and Jack Nolan in this darkly comic fairytale set in a variety of suicide and accident blackspots.

The Union by Adrian Kavanagh. A comedy about missing money and chronic hangovers in a sweltering hot students union. Alex Christle directs the cast of Alan Doyle, Peter McGann and Colin O’Brien.

The Hellfire Squad by Peter McGann and meself. Michael Collins wants to set up his own personal hit squad to fight the Brits. But this mission needs some real men. Philip Brennan directs the line up of himself, Richie Cody, Stephen Colfer, Ken McGuire, Niall Morrissey and Annette O’Shea.

Some Flood by John Doran and Kevin Mooney. When a Biblical flood wipes out Ireland, one man takes to his roof to survive. This will be performed and directed by the writers themselves.

That’s the line up and it promises to be a cracking two nights of theatrical bric a brac. If you want to see the show, it plays for two nights only on August 2nd and 3rd in Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny at 8pm nightly. Tickets can be bought at the venue, booked on 056 – 7762573 or else booked online right here. For more details on all of the plays and some words from the respective writers check out the Devious Theatre website.

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Devious Theatre’s Night Of The Living Dead

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Living Dead Revisited

I spent the bulk of my time last year working on the Irish stage premiere of Night Of The Living Dead for Devious Theatre. It had been a few years since we had done a ‘marquee’ play and our own take on Romero’s zombie horror fest was something that we had put into the works back in 2009. Sometimes you just need to do a big crowd pleasing comic horror, y’know? (See also, Cannibal! The Musical in 2007).

During In The Future When All’s Well in 2011, myself and Connie Walsh started writing it and then last year it all came together. Getting to co-write and direct the show was too much fun and the team we put together were fantastic. All in all, it was exactly the big zombie play set I always wanted to fool around with. I would have loved more performance time for the show as I think it could have really clicked but with only 5 nights to play with, we made a bloody glorious mess with what we had. In the end, it is by far the biggest hit show Devious Theatre have ever done and more people came to see it than anything we’ve done before… which was nice.

In the past few weeks, we’ve managed to release some new material from the show. Ken McGuire cut together a really nice look at some of the show highlights which you can see above. Ross Costigan has also released some new photos from the show, including the above photo of myself in cameo zombie mode, and you can check them out here.

For more on the production itself, check out nightofthelivingdead.ie

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War Of Attrition

I’m currently in a very cool and lucky position where I’m doing double duty on two amazing initiatives during Dublin Theatre Festival (a pure waiting for a bus scenario if there ever was one). I’m currently neck deep in The Next Stage programme which has put me on the most intense theatre bootcamp ever over the past week and a half, and there’s still another week to go! Physically, I’m in bits but mentally, I’ve never been more inspired by theatre and have never been more motivated to get better at making it. I will be full of big fat tears when it’s over.

On top of that theatre orgy, I’ve also been on the Play On playwriting initiative with Dublin Theatre Festival since June and I found out last week that my contribution to that is one of the six plays that will receive a rehearsed reading this week. War Of Attrition was a play that myself and Angela Barrett started devising during Devious Theatre’s In The Future When All’s Well residency in 2011 (along with Night Of The Living Dead and John Kennedy’s Phantasm). Originally it was a two hander about a misunderstanding between an average Joe and a street charity worker, but like the story itself, the idea escalated. We developed it further and what we have now is a dark comedy about accountability and the nature of competition in a country where opportunities decrease by the day. Essentially, it’s about young Irish people being pitted against each other. It’s got a similar politics and violence vibe to my last play Scratcher but whereas that was about what it takes to start a revolution this one is a little bit smaller in scale, but hopefully bigger in ideas. As it stands, it’s a long way off being finished but a rehearsed reading this week will definitely help me identify the work I need to do to it. It’s a cool opportunity and one I’m excited about, even though I am fucking terrified about having presented in front of people. If you would like to see the play in its earliest stages, it will get its reading at Play On, this Wednesday October 10th at 1pm in Project Arts Centre. It’s all free but booking is advised… or so I’ve been told. You can grab tickets for it on the Dublin Theatre Festival website and also at their box office on 01 677 8899.

There’s plans in place for Devious Theatre to produce it next year but I’m not throwing the cart before the horse so we’ll see how it goes. This theatre programming lark is getting harder and harder to pin down every year. I’ve now written 6 full length plays and the first three have been produced (Heart Shaped Vinyl, Smitten and Scratcher) and the last three haven’t (this along with Bansheeville and Punctured) so my batting average is down. But the last three have been developed with Barnstorm, Fishamble and now Dublin Theatre Festival respectively so hopefully it will mean that the quality average is up! If not, I need to find something else to do.

Poetry… I hear poetry is good.

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Phantasm Trailer

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