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What just happened? One minute we’re getting ready to open Shifting. Next thing you know we’re in rehearsal for Smitten.

That’s how we roll.

Shifting has been laid to rest, the Arts Office transformed back to some sense of near normality but we’re already rocking and rolling our way into production number three as the entire cast (bar one) of Smitten meet later this evening at No. 76 to read through John Morton’s much revised and developed / redeveloped / rebooted script. We’ve a ton of photos and more besides to bring you as well as a bit of a retrospective but for the moment we’re getting things set here to get back into the swing of things for Smitten.

Be warned – you may start to see photos of us dancing and prancing around No. 76 and if you’re calling in in person, please don’t be scared. Or just call in and watch or join in the craic. Lord knows it’s going to be a ball. More on Smitten for you in a few days when we announce the official dates, details and tickets.

The following review appeared in The Kilkenny People on Wednesday April 27th 2011.



By Tess Felder

Published in Wednesday 27 April 2011 edition of The Kilkenny People

Devious Theatre Company: The Next Generation arrived with a bang last week.

Presenting Shifting, with a new cast including new writer John Kennedy, their sharp, highly comedic performances met with standing ovations on opening night and throughout the week.

Directed by John Morton, it’s the company’s second of three plays to be staged in the Arts Office as part of their six-month residency. The play tells the story of the lovely teenage Amy (Alex Christle), whose 18th birthday party is a celebrated success, until it all goes horribly wrong.

A sort of Dazed and Confused for the current Kilkenny generation, it’s full of teenage crushes, laughter and a few tears, and even a Matthew McConaughey-older-brother-interloper type in the form of a braided-hair, rough Englishman David Thompson. (A Devious play just wouldn’t be the same without him, would it?) Being written and performed in Kilkenny, there were also added laughs for local references such as being kicked out of certain venues for being underage.

With a cast of 13, there were plenty of diverse and well-shaped characters to love, or to love to hate – the latter honour going to an outstanding and hilariously unpredictable Colin O’Brien as party-crasher Mark.

The playwright himself was on the mark as Jamie, the birthday girl’s boyfriend with one thing on his mind: her virginity; and Peter O’Connor as his best friend Jim captured the confusion of a teenager not sure which girl to ‘shift’, not sure what to do with his life, and whether to grow up or to stick around playing Guitar Hero for another year. And your heart had to go out to Connie Walsh’s Eimear, the lovably sweet, socially awkward, Sylvia Plath-devoted poet whose heart was destined to be broken as the night wore on.

There are so many clichés about young people being the hope of the future etc, etc, etc. In this case, it’s deviously true.

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