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Scratcher continues this week, running until Saturday at 76 John Street. If there are two things you must do this week it’s this. Vote, and go see Scratcher, though not necessarily in that order.

With love,


The revolution has begun. Last night, the guns were locked and loaded. Social welfare cards checked at the door. Radios turned off, air conditioning turned on. Judge, jury, zombies, musicians, students, guards, politicians, fairytales, rebellions, risings, dancing, crying, tears of joy, tears of frustration and guns – lots of guns.

The Devious Theatre Company opened their first of three stage productions as part of their residency at No. 76 last night with the Kilkenny debut of Scratcher, a sharp snapshot of life in a dole queue that changes dramatically when one man, on a Tuesday morning, decides to take matters into his own hands, for better or worse.

Scratcher is a show for the young, the old, the unemployed, those who have experienced the dole queue, those who have a gripe with the political system, society, jobs, the government, the banks and everything else the country has to offer in its current state.

This is social warfare.

The revolution has begun.

Scratcher is being staged at No. 76 John Street, having opened last night (Tuesday) and running until Saturday February 26th. Limited tickets available each night priced €12 are available for purchase from the Arts Office during office hours. There may be tickets available on the door but we can’t guarantee that. Doors open at 7:30pm and due to the nature of the show it may not be possible to admit latecomers. For more on Devious Theatre, visit

So, while we work on transforming No 76 from a gallery space to a functioning theatre, we’ve come up with the above video, filmed in and around the Arts Office to promote Scratcher. The show opens tomorrow night at 8pm with doors open from 7pm. There are a selection of tickets still available for the opening night of the show which can be purchased online at, in person at the Arts Office any time today or tomorrow or on the door from 7:30pm tomorrow night.

Please note that the show does contain strong language throughout and also contains a strobe lighting sequence.

Bring on tomorrow 🙂

Tickets for The Devious Theatre Company’s production of Scratcher at No. 76 John Street are now on sale at the Arts Office, priced €12. Tickets will be available for purchase from 9:30am – 5pm Monday to Saturday.

Scratcher opens at No. 76 on Tuesday February 22nd, running 8pm nightly to Saturday February 26th. Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance, tickets cannot be exchanged for other dates.

Parental advisory: This show contains strong language throughout.

Tickets are already on sale online via and are limited to 70 tickets per performance so get them while you can! Tickets cannot be reserved in advance without payment and a limited number may be available on the night. Please note that ticket sales online carry a small booking charge. If you’re buying tickets online, your tickets will be mailed to you as soon as your payment has been processed online. Please print off tickets to bring with you on the night.

But the most important thing is that tickets are very much on sale. Come and be a part of the first major theatrical performance at No. 76 John Street!

One of the good things about developing a production in residency is that you get to develop it with an eye for touring. For too long, we’ve been looking for a theatrical production that we can take on the road. Yes, we could bring Heart Shaped Vinyl to any bar or cafe in the country. We’ve still got the set for Accidental Death Of An Anarchist on ice. But, for the first time ever, and in technicolour, we’ll be bringing Scratcher to Dublin as part of The Theatre Machine Turns You On: Vol II, a festival of new theatre at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin on Thursday February 17th.

We’re there for one night only, kicking off at 7pm and tickets can be bought via

Scratcher is being developed at No. 76 as part of our In The Future When All’s Well residency which runs until June of this year. The show opens in Kilkenny on Tuesday February 22nd and physical tickets are on sale at the Arts Office from this week. Those of you with PayPal accounts or preferring to pay by credit card can order tickets online here.

If you’re living in or near Dublin, we’d love you to come along to see the show. It’s time this theatre company spread its wings and Dublin, we’ve got you in our sites.


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The aim and focus of the Art Residency at No. 76 is to enable the successful applicant to research and develop their practice. Other aims of the residency are to: give insights into how and why artists create their work, build relationships and further promote the Arts, provide an awareness and further appreciation of the Arts, cultivate and develop new audiences. The Kilkenny Arts Office is part of

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February 2011