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September 15, 2016 • Theatre

Play Mongering

A couple of my plays are now for sale on Playography Ireland if you’re the kind of person who likes buying and reading plays. Here’s what’s for sale at the moment.

Taboo (2016)


Taboo is a black comedy about the first date between a girl who doesn’t get out very much and a man who has trouble meeting new people. Lily cooks a three course meal. Tom brings flowers and wine. On the surface, everything seems fine. But in the modern world, dating is a surprisingly complex thing with a lot of unwritten rules.

“Morton’s script is by turns hilarious, and heart wrenching; and there is a good balance of well-observed naturalism and heightened drama” Emily Elphinstone, No More Workhorse

 “A smart critique of dating in a modern world dogged by endless apps and devices” Chris McCormack, Exeunt Magazine

War Of Attrition (2013)


War Of Attrition is a comic thriller about a girl who attempts to track down the man behind the viral video that destroyed her life. With the help of a homeless drifter, she ensnares him. Soon all three develop a tense friendship that leads towards revolution.

“…funny, sharp, relevant and delivered with panache” Una Mullally, The Irish Times

“An Easter Rising / Wikileaks mash up … the bang-on zeitgeistsy script is backed up by excellent use of live technology, and a completely believable spiralling chain of events.” – Susan Conley, Irish Theatre Magazine

Smitten (2008/2011)


Smitten is a musical comedy about Claire, a former nurse, who returns to her hometown to try and fix the emotional wreckage she left in the wake of her emigration years previously.

“Morton uses all characters to convey the myriad of emotions we all experience, whether female or male but he encourages us to fight against them and think before we act.” Darragh Doyle, Yay.ie

“As ever, there is a newness, a freshness, an in-your faceness about Morton’s work” Liam Murphy, The Munster Express.

If you’d like to purchase any of them you can do so from the links on each title or right here.

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December 13, 2014 • Uncategorized

War Of Attrition


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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October 5, 2014 • devious theatre, Theatre

No Love, Just War


Very excited that my play War Of Attrition is returning this December for a run in Project Arts Centre in Dublin and the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny.

The play had a successful debut run last year at Dublin Fringe Festival before making its way to Galway Theatre Festival. It received 4 star reviews from Irish Theatre Magazine and The Irish Times as well as garnering a Fringe Awards nomination for Best Female Performer for Roseanna Purcell’s role as Daisy. John Doran and myself are rejoining her in the cast and director Niamh Moroney will be back to crack the whip on us.

As the synopsis for the show goes:

Daisy is an unwitting internet celebrity, the ‘Psycho Chugger’ whose video currently has 178, 234 views on Youtube – it is ruining her life.

Alan, a blogger by the name of Generalissimo Malaise who claims to target the ‘everyday arsehole’, is the one who made it.

And Chris, well he just got caught in the crossfire.

There will be casualties when a nasty game of one-upmanship descends into a relentless war. War Of Attrition is a destructively comic thriller that takes you from parties on the streets of Dublin to the darkest parts of the internet where revolution is brewing.


The show plays The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny from December 9th-11th and Project Arts Centre, Dublin from December 15th-20th. Tickets for both shows can now be booked online.

I was delighted with the response to the show last year so I’m absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to present the show again. For all info on the show, keep an eye on devioustheatre.com

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September 26, 2013 • devious theatre

War Out West


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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August 30, 2013 • devious theatre

War Of Attrition


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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October 8, 2012 • devious theatre

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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