Testing… testing… is this thing on?

It’s the morning of January 25th which means that we’re now, officially, a fortnight into the our residency at No. 76. It’s actually been that action-packed and that non-stop with building, decorating, reading, rehearsing, eating, boiling of kettles, running around, dancing, prancing, singing, falling, hanging posters, watching DVDs and so much more that we haven’t had a second to get to the blog. Seriously. Ish.

Allow myself to introduce… myself… I’m Ken (McGuire), one of two Devious Theatre contributors you’ll find on the blog here for the next six months as we recount tales to others on the goings on of our theatrical residency at the Kilkenny Arts Office.

As a background to this, we (as a company) were invited by Mary Butler to take part in the residency scheme here in the latter stages of 2010. Between myself, John (Morton) and Paddy (Dunne), we devised a scheme and a theme for the residency, one of our biggest undertakings in the near five years that we’ve been functioning as a company. In the past we’ve produced works such as Heart Shaped Vinyl (2006/7), Cannibal! The Musical!! (2007), Trainspotting (2008), Smitten (2008), Stags and Hens (2009), Accidental Death Of An Anarchist (2009) and Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay (2010). We’ve also won some awards along the way including a PPI radio drama award for The War Of The Worlds (2008). We’ve dabbled in Shakespeare with devised performances of Shakespeare In Bits (2009) and now, after all of that, we’re undertaking to produce not one, or two, but three full-length productions inside a six-month window, a new radio drama and a series of rehearsed readings to develop new work.

That’s what the residency is all about for us.

Developing new work.

We’ve been given a golden opportunity (and our repeated thanks again to Mary, Niamh and Kilkenny County Council for their support over the years and again this year with the residency) to develop as professional, as a company, to create new work and nurture new actors and writers. We’re taking on people we’ve never worked with before, we’re branching into areas of theatre we haven’t worked in before (at least in our guise as Devious) and we’re doing is all from the cosy confines of No. 76 John Street.

We invite you to the Arts Office to sample the delights of residency titled In The Future, When All’s Well. For all is not well and all is not certain. We’re currently midway through the rehearsal process for our first production of 2011, Scratcher, written and directed by John Morton. After that we’ll be moving on to Shifting, written by John Kennedy, a young writer we have taken on board for the term of the residency and come June we’ll have arrived at Smitten, a show produced in 2008 to great local acclaim but now rejigged, refreshed and all-singing all-dancing.

We’re going to get you up to speed with everything over the next few days in terms of Scratcher, pending auditions for Shifting, a scheduled appearance at a festival of new theatre in Dublin and much more.

If you’re passing No. 76, do drop in. You may find us in rehearsal, you may find us playing some kind of ball game, you may find us sitting at a desk hammering out emails, running poster designs, chatting on Facebook, you never know. The point is, the door is (almost) always open. The front windows have been taken over by a display of some of our artwork over the years and we’ve got daily screenings of our past productions on DVD as well so if you’ve missed a show, you’re welcome to pop in and catch one on the big screen (wall).

We’ll be back again shortly…

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