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July 29, 2015 • devious theatre, Theatre

The Union

The Union Main Poster

I’m directing the new Devious Theatre joint which opens tonight in Cleere’s Theatre, Kilkenny. It’s been a blast to work on and it’s been such a pleasure working with such a solid cast, crew and material. So yeah, come see it!

The Union by Adrian Kavanagh is a furiously funny dramatic retelling of the rise and fall of St. Dominic’s Student Union. The play takes place in the final days of the current student union regime in a failing regional college. Five erstwhile colleagues are locked in one room knowing that one of them stole the €10,060 fundraised cash that their reputations, hopes, dreams, careers and election campaigns are hinged on. Backs will be stabbed, hearts will be broke and throats will be cut. The clock is ticking. We’re going to see how united this Union really is.

Here’s the Rushmore riffing trailer for the show.

It runs in Cleeres Theatre from July 29th-August 1st. More info can be found on

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July 31, 2013 • devious theatre

Little Deviations: Volume 1


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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