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Heart Shaped Vinyl

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Devious Theatre kick off their Devious 10 programme with a new version of my first play Heart Shaped Vinyl.

I’m directing it here for the first time, as well as back in the acting saddle with Simone Kelly, playing the 1960’s section of the play which we first performed in 2006 and again in 2007.

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In synopsis form:

Heart Shaped Vinyl is a theatrical mix tape focusing on pop music, relationships and a whole lot of heartbreak over the course of six decades. Originally set between 1963 and 2006, this new version adds a brand new story set in the years 2014 and 2016. The play is broken into Side A and Side B, both of which tell different sides of six different stories featuring an ensemble cast of 14 actors.

After the last few years of writing and making plays, it’s been an odd experience to revisit the first play you wrote and try not to ‘improve’ it. We’ve been using the word ‘reissue’ in a gimmicky way to promote the play but after watching the dress rehearsal last night, I think it actually does the best job of describing it. What we have now, aptly enough, is a play that’s a mix of old and new. There’s such a brilliant cast and crew and the craic that we’ve been having can be seen up there on the stage. It’s been pretty nostalgic making it, particularly 10 years after we set up the company and it’s been a very humbling and honest return to the roots of how we made it the first time: no bullshit, no pressure, no budget, no limits. Just playing for the love of playing. All we need now is an audience and we can shut up and play the hits.

Heart Shaped Vinyl plays for the next two weeks from May 18th-21st and 25th-28th in Cleeres Theatre on Parliament Street, Kilkenny at 8pm nightly. Tickets can be booked here.

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God Bless The Work…

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After 7 years of mild to intensive labour, Peter McGann and myself have finally given birth to The Hellfire Squad. It’ll be the first play focusing solely on Michael Collins infamous hit squad, a Dirty Dozen style adventure about the assembly, training and deployment of a bunch of mismatched assassins in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising. I’m very excited to debut this new play as part of Devious Theatre’s 10th birthday programme, handily entitled Devious 10. The production will be directed by the brilliant Sarah Baxter, who I mostly recently worked with on Taboo, and produced by the bold Ken McGuire, who I have worked on a stupid amount of theatre with over the past 10 years. It will take its debut bow in Project Arts Centre, Dublin from 18-23 July and Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from 28-30 July as part of this years Alternative Kilkenny Arts programme. God bless the work.

We are about to launch a Fund It campaign for the play so keep an eye out for that and maybe help support the cause.

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War Of Attrition

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Currently in the midst of a new run of my play War Of Attrition. We just finished a three night stay in Kilkenny and its up to Dublin from this Monday for a six night run in Project Arts Centre.

The Irish Times previews the piece yesterday and wrote these nice words:

“Devious Theatre returns with its Fringe hit from last year, a comic and darkly subversive take on chuggers, bilious internet bloggers and psychopathy. An unlikely camaraderie develops between a charity worker, an online scourge and a homeless guy, and it disintegrates just as quickly, with hilarious performances from John Doran, Roseanna Purcell and its writer John Morton (below). All are given supple direction by Niamh Moroney.”

That sums it up in a nutshell really. So if you’re looking for some theatre as you approach Christmas week, get thee to Project Arts Centre for some troll hunting, life hacking, online feuding, cyber spills and thrills.

We’re playing at 8.15pm nightly in Project Cube from Monday 15th to Saturday 20th and you can get your tickets for the show right here. Props to Paddy Dunne for these new poster designs too, slick as ya like.
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A Cult For You

10623492_10152903087728676_8553289367359675772_oJohn Doran’s one man show The Centre Of The Universe which I directed is currently going great guns at this years Tiger Dublin Fringe. It’s one of this years Show In A Bag offerings and has garnered a couple of nice reviews since it opened, check them out here and here.

10631052_10152900136648676_796277500093288867_oIt’s running until this Saturday night so check it out if you want to see a masterclass of physical comedy from a seriously talented performer. You can book tickets here.

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White Label

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After many months of plotting and planning, I’m delighted to finally launch White Label.

It’s the name of a brand new theatre outfit in Dublin that I’m working with. The idea (as per the name) is to create a new model for theatre making in Ireland, in this case along the lines of an independent record label. So a theatre label, basically. The proper official mission statement from the group is: “We are nine independent, professional, theatre makers working together to redesign our creative landscape, to make it better for us and for you.”

The nine of us, apart from myself, are Joanna Crawley, James Hickson, Rosemary McKenna, Louise Melinn, Aisling Murray, Máirín O’Grady, Ronan Phelan and Hugh Travers. We just launched last Tuesday with The Eurydice Project. It was a nice low key launch and allowed us to finally stop feeling like a weird secret sect hanging around town, slowly drinking long pots of tea and whispering. It’s done, it’s out there and now we just need to make work. And luckily enough, we’ve got some very exciting projects lined up. In fact, you’ll be able to see (A)pollonia at this years Dublin Theatre Festival. I’m really excited about what we’re brewing, but we’re taking some good old school baby steps as we progress. For all the info on White Label and what we’re doing, please check out our website and follow the social media bits and bobs.

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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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Fishes

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Fishes is a brilliant new piece of writing from David Fennelly and it’s got its proper opening tonight in Smock Alley Theatre.

I’m directing this one which flies in the face of me always promising to never direct theatre again but after this, I promise to never direct theatre again. Unless I get asked to direct a really brilliant, inventive, funny and sweet piece of writing with two brilliant actors. Which is exactly what happened here and sometimes I have no will power. Fishes is about a man called Larry who has just lost his job, his girl and is overdoing it on the visits to Coppers. He’s about to have a home visit from his social welfare inspector. And that’s when all his fears and anxieties begin to boil over…

The cast are David Fennelly himself and the ever amazing John Doran so come see these two blow the walls off Smock Alley Boys School for 65 minutes with two cracking performances. It opens proper tonight and runs until December 11th. For tickets and all other info, visit the Smock Alley website.

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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

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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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