Well, there you have it. Scratcher is done and dusted. We built things up, had a ball, broke them down and we’re going to build even better things in their place. That place will be Shifting, coming to the Arts Office in April but we’re allowing a few days of dust to settle on Scratcher before we kick off again.

So how did it all go?

In fairness, it was a fantastic week. We had good numbers for the opening night and had to operate a waiting list for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, something we’ve never done before but, for the most part, it worked out. People who were unable to get tickets having turned up on any of the nights in question were able to walk away with tickets for other nights (barring Saturday, of course) and as it happened, over the course of the week, we wound up increasing the capacity gradually from 70 to 80.

Lessons were learned, the craic was had, experiences shared – but that’s part of the residency. We’re here to work, to build, to devise, to share and at the end of the day, put on a cracking good show. Judging by the reactions from the audience across the week I think we can say that we’ve achieved that. Initial reviews and feedback have been great but good, bad, or otherwise, feedback is very much something we always welcome so if you made the show last week, leave a comment and let us know what you thought.

In true Devious fashion, everything lined up right before the deadline. Costume, seating, rostrum, late prop additions, set dressing, sound, lights and more. On that note, we do have people to thank who weren’t directly involved in the production but without whose suppose the show would have been something completely different altogether. Those include Maeve Butler at The Hub, Cillin Hill for arranging the seating for the venue for the week; Vincent Dempsey and Barnstorm Theatre for the use of rostrum and rails to created the tiered seating in the arts office; Barry Reilly of the Bridgebrook Arms in Thomastown and Peter Roberts of The Mill Studio for provision of par can lighting for the week. We’re quite resourceful when it comes to getting props, costumes and technical equipment for shows but seating and lighting are two things that don’t come with the Arts Office space.

The cast of Scratcher were Alan Butler, Ross Costigan, Amy Dunne, Ken McGuire (Producer), John Morton (Director), Annette O’Shea and David Thompson. Behind the scenes of course, we wouldn’t be able to function on the night without Angela Barrett (Assistant Director), Paddy Dunne (Producer), Lucy McKenna (Costume), Linda Hanbidge (Makeup), Richie Cody (Lighting), Geoff Warner-Clayton (Sound) and our front of house team of John Kennedy (writer of upcoming production, Shifting), Alex Christle, Sorcha O’Boyle, Eleanor Walsh and some man Eddie Brennan.

Having wrapped on Saturday, Monday was spent emptying the Arts Office and resetting things to zero, literally. Seats gone, carpet being cleaned, walls painted, gaps filled, back to new. Until next week. Next week we ramp things up again with the introduction of Shifting, the second piece of our residency, penned by young-writer-in-residence John Kennedy and we’ll have details on all of that mighty soon. We’ve also got a ton of photos to get through on the Scratcher front as well to share with you online. We’ve also had the entire production filmed and hopefully we’ll get to share some clips with you before Shifting lands.

In the mean time, we’re off to redecorate the office space in the Arts Office. If you’re passing by No. 76, do drop in, you’re most welcome. Finally, our thanks once again to Mary & Niamh here at 76 and everyone who took the time out to catch Scratcher in Dublin and Kilkenny, we hope we kept you suitably entertained.

Photo above by Pat Moore Photography

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