No Drama Theatre are a Dublin-based amateur theatre group. We run a weekly drama workshop in Synge st. CBS. Our workshops are open to new members throughout the year. We also hold two productions a year, and several other events throughout the year. Find out more here
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June 2015 Production

Hi All,

Dave here, I’m pleased to announce that we’ve got a shortlist of plays (see them at the bottom of the newsletter!) for Summer and that I’ll be the Producer for the upcoming play. “What does that mean?” I hear you ask, well, I’m glad you asked that question!

Basically it’s now my task to pull together the key members of the production crew and then liaise with those brave souls on behalf of No Drama to make sure the production gets the attention it needs and keep the committee up to date as necessary.

So without further ado, It would make my job a lot easier if you would put your name forward for one the following roles – Just send an email to , include ‘Summer production’ in your submission and send it by Wednesday 25th of February.

p.s. Please note the short summaries below are just indicative and are not intended to outline a complete list of responsibilities

    Production Manager

As Production Manager, it’s your role to organise all the work that needs to be done and free your partner in crime (the Director) to focus on the creative stuff as much as possible – you organise people and put a plan together to match the Directors Vision.

You are in short, ‘The Boss’ when it comes to managing the day to day activities of the production.

Some of the responsibilities include:
– Recruiting the crew and maintaining the crew roster
– Preparing a budget for the play.
– Ensuring that there are no ‘gaps’ in responsibilities.
– Solving Problems!

If you’ve got good organisational skills and can get people motivated then you’re probably a great fit for this role.

Don’t worry if you don’t know what needs to be done for a play.. We’ve got plenty of experience and reference material – If in doubt you’ve also got the producer (aka me!)


As the Director, you will choose the play itself from a shortlist selected by No Drama’s members. You will take those dry and dusty words and bring them to life! You are the creative force behind the production, you choose your cast to match your vision, you set the tone and are able to clarify what you want to see from the Set through to the Make-up. It’s entirely down to your own style as to how much or how little ‘Direction’ you actually give.

likely goes without saying but some responsibilities are:
– Interpreting the script
– Selecting an Assistant Director
– Casting
– Running rehearsals

There are a couple of additional criteria for director, we do require some experience here and we love to see that experience come from within No Drama, but all experience is considered.

I’d like to see candidate directors submit a script or play that they’d like to see produced as part of their submission, This is to give me an idea of the kind of things you like and you might treat the pieces from the shortlist.

    Assistant Director

The assistant director is a second set of eyes, ears for the director and their sole purpose is to help the Director execute their vision.. the role varies a lot and is really determined by the Directors own style. It might be a creative collaboration or simply a sounding board, to protect the Director from anything that might disrupt or to act as a coach to the actors.

Typical responsibilities include
– Assist in Casting
– Maintain rehearsal notes
– schedule rehearsals/ rehearsal planning.

The Assistant Director role is a must for those considering directing. In my opinion there’s no better way to learn than to watch someone else direct and learn form their successes and failures.The choice of AD is first and foremost the Directors, so if you apply please there may be a slight delay in responses as we confirm the director first.

    The Plays

The shortlist for the Summer 2015 production is:

‘The Power of Darkness’ by John McGahern

‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ by Annie Baker

‘Witness for the Prosecution’ by Agatha Christie

‘Blithe Spirit’ by Noël Coward

Caveat – we’re still awaiting rights confirmation on some of these

Happy New Year

No Drama workshops are back from tomorrow.

The workshop is entitled “Scene Creation 101″. For anyone new to acting or looking to join an awesomely amazingly brilliant Drama Group this is the ideal opportunity. And to all our current members, you know how much fun the first workshop of the year is so get yourself down!

Workshops take place 7 PM every Tuesday at CBS school Synge Street. First timers get in for free so no excuse to not give it a go!

Hope to see you all there!

Happy Christmas from walrus santa ( and No Drama)

Santa walrus

.. Or indeed, happy winter festival of your choice from all at No Drama HQ!

We’re finished up for the festive period, after a very successful Shindig and Theatre Lovett workshop (and of course our wonderful Chalk Garden!).

On January 6th We will return with the first of our new year regular workshops, New members welcome (as usual!)

As always questions, suggestions, requests, ideas, scripts, offers of help and cryptic comments should be directed to

We know you probably can’t go for such a long period without your No Drama fix, so here’s a little collection of No Drama videos you can dip into while eat your christmas pudding..

The Amazing Shindig!

The Shindig is back and perfectly timed to give you that lift before Christmas. So put some thrill in this festive season of goodwill with our energizing, moisturizing, tantalizing, romanticizing, surprising, revitalizing Shindig!

Join us for a great evening of theatre as some of No Drama’s finest gather in The Pearse Centre to give you the best selection of short plays in town! To celebrate another great year of madness come along to the Amazing Shindig! and the Stag’s Head for the afterglow of the evening’s performances.

Doors open at 6.15pm and show starts at 6.30pm SHARP

Admission is €5 and payable at the door
The theatre is limited to 60 seats so please arrive early to avoid disappointment!
More details about the event are available on the facebook event page

The Amazing Shindig will feature:

“Ring, Ring” – directed by Nikki Wong
“Can’t Get Used To Losing You” – directed by Gráinne Curistan
“Emily” – directed by Siobhan Hickey
“Oo oo oo (As if everybody knows what I’m talking about)” – directed by Shane McGlynn
“Hard Boiled” – directed by Jonathan Shortall
“There’s Something About Mick” – directed by Raymond Lynch
“Hungover” – directed by Cathal O’Donovan

Theatre Lovett

Couple of announcements to kick off the final month of this term with a bang!

UPDATE: The Playground Showcase has been postponed until January.

A picture speaks a thousand words so..

December Agender

That’s right a Jam Packed few days of No Drama
14th is the Shindig,
15th is the Playground performance, POSTPONED until January.
16th is a special workshop. Louis from the fabulous will be running a workshop for us entitled “Playing for your audience”
their blurb below
Playing for your audience

This workshop will run from 7pm sharp through to 10pm and places are limited. If you are interested in taking part (and know you can make it) send an email with the subject ‘Lovett workshop’ to

For all those who don’t make the Lovett workshop, don’t worry, there will be a second workshop running in parallel.


The Chalk Garden opens tonight!

Our latest production opens tonight in the Sean O’Casey theatre and runs until Saturday. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Here is our teaser trailer for The Chalk Garden.

Tickets avaiable at or on the door at the venue.

For more details see the facebook event.

The Chalk Garden tickets are now on sale

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for our production of The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold. The play will run at 8pm in the Sean O’Casey Theatre on 26th-29th November.

Poster for The Chalk Garden

Tickets can be found here: The Chalk Garden tickets.

The Shindig is coming!

It’s that special time of year again folks, where we let you make the show.

The Shindig is back and perfectly timed to give you that lift before Christmas. We will be performing once again in the impressive confines of the Pearse Centre on December 14th.

For those of you unfamiliar with the shindig, it’s our bi-annual showcase night. A night of several short plays chosen, directed, acted, and many written by all you lovely, lovely people. We provide the venue and you do the rest! It’s a great chance to try something new or different, or take on a different role, so now’s the time to start thinking about what you might like to do.

The deadline for submissions for The Shindig will be Friday 14th November. If you have any questions about the shindig or if you are interested in putting on a scene at the Shindig, email Cathal at shindignodrama at

Here are the dates for your diary:

Registration Opens: Monday 3rd November
Registration Closes: Friday 14th November

To register, the director of the piece must email with the following:

  • Name of Piece
  • Writer’s name
  • Number of performers
  • Director’s contact details
  • Length of piece
  • Draft script of the piece

Due to the demand for spots in the Shindig, the above detail must be included in order to be considered. Depending upon demand for the places in the shindig not all pieces may be accepted.

Once you are registered and confirmed the following dates are of note:

Rehearsal Review: Sunday 7th Decemeber
Showtime!:              Sunday 14th December at 6:30pm

Support will be provided throughout the rehearsal process where required.

Now the T&C’s!

  • All performers and directors must be paid-up active No Drama Theatre members in November & December
  • Participants are permitted to act or direct or both, but cannot be involved in more than 2 pieces. Writing does not impact this requirement, therefore you can write as many pieces as you want!
  • The director is the main point of contact and is expected to liaise and coordinate with his team and committee as required.
  • The maximum permitted length of a Shindig piece is strictly 15 minutes or less.
    If your troupe’s piece is a copyright work, it is the director’s responsibility to secure performing rights. Performance rights can be secured via the Drama League of Ireland for most works.
  • Each piece is responsible for their own costumes, props and sets. All pieces are advised to keep their set, lighting and sound requirements to a minimum to facilitate a speedy change between performances.
  • Failure to adhere to any of the deadlines set out above or any instructions set out by the committee will result in your piece being removed from the show list.
  • All pieces and casts must be available on the date for the Rehearsal Review.
  • The selection process will be curated. We expect to have an average of 8 performances depending on timings.
  • If you are interested in performing or directing but unsure how to get involved, please let yourself be known at a workshop or post a message on our facebook page for other members to see!
  • The committee will support you along the way; don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice!
  • The Shindig is not a talent show, performance pieces only please!


Happy Halloween from The Chalk Garden

When not rehearsing for The Chalk Garden (November 26th-29th, Sean O’Casey Theatre), the cast and director of The Chalk Garden put together this fantastic fun homage to John Carpenter’s Halloween.


The Cast of The Chalk Garden

We are delighted to announce that The Chalk Garden has now been cast.
Rehearsals have begun and we are looking forward to putting on a great show in November.
The cast is:

Ms. Madrigal – Louise Dunne
Laurel – Caoimhe Cooke
Ms. St. Maugham – Tríona Keane
Olivia – Elaine Reynolds
Maitland – Adam Walsh
Judge – Robert Byrne
Nurse – Fiona Monahan
2nd applicant – Deirdre O’Shea
3rd applicant – Tamryn Reinecke