AUDITION ALERT!

Our next play will be “Harvey” by Mary Chase.

“Harvey” is the tale of Elwood P. Dowd whose best friend happens to be a 7ft tall talking rabbit.

The play is set on the East coast of America in the 1940’s-1950’s (accent not a major concern).

Director – Declan Ryan
Assistant Director – Louise Dunne
Production Manager – Adam Lowe
Venue – Boys School, Smock Alley
Dates – First week of December (TBC)

Auditions:
30/08/15
Synge Street School
3.30pm – 6pm

01/09/15
Synge Street School
7pm – 9:30pm

Call Backs: 06/09/15

Character Bio’s

Male:

Elwood P. Dowd: 30’s-40’s; Eccentric, Fiercely likeable alcoholic, whose best friend happens to be a 7 foot tall talking rabbit. Elwood has recently come in a fortune due to his beloved mother’s recent passing.

Dr William Chumley: Middle Aged; Head Psychologist at Chumley’s Rest, an institute he created, arrogant and conceited he fully believes there is no problem he can’t solve.

Dr Lyman Sanderson: 20’s; Brilliant, but naïve young doctor of psychology at Chumley’s Rest. He has been personally chosen by Dr Chumley to be a resident doctor in the institution.

Duane Wilson: 20’s; Orderly at Chumley’s Rest, enjoys strong arming the patients at the hospital, maybe a bit too much.

Judge Omar Gaffney: Middle Aged; legally represents the Dowd family’s efforts to have Elwood committed and take over his inheritance

Female:

Veta Louise Simmons: 30’s-40; Elwood’s older widowed sister, sees herself as a high flying figure in society, but comes across as being a bit too desperate, hopes to have Elwood committed in order to get his inheritance. Closest thing the play has to an antagonist.

Myrtle Mae Simmons: 18-20; Veta’s bratty spoiled daughter, wants nothing but a rich husband and life of unearned luxury, she despises her Uncle Elwood and his best friend Harvey.

Nurse Ruth Kelly: Competent member of Chumley’s Rest’s staff, has taken an interest in Dr Sanderson, but can have her head turned by another……

Supporting Characters:

Mrs Ethel Chauvenet: Elderly female, good friend with Elwood’s and Veta’s recently deceased mother – very well to do and ‘posh’.

Betty Chumley: 30’s-40’s Female; Dr Chumley’s wife, kind and friendly to all she encounters she is quite taken with Elwood when she meets him.

EJ Lofgren: a gruff but insightful taxi driver.

Anyone interested in auditioning, please send an email (with your preferable date for audition) to the following email addresses
contact@nodramatheatre.com or ryan.declan5@gmail.com.

You will then receive an extract from the script to allow for audition preparation.

Please state if there is any character you would really like to be considered for or any you don’t want to be considered for. If this is not stated, it will be left up to the director’s discretion.

Directors Note:
“Don’t be put off by my age descriptions, this really is my interpretation of the characters on the page – I fully expect this to be challenged and my mind blown with the sheer level of talent that exists in this group.”

Holidays

Bonsoir No Drama!

We are going to kick back on the beach for the next couple of weeks, so please don’t turn up at the workshops next tuesday because we won’t be there.

But in the meantime you can spend your time applying to be director, production manager or assistant director for our next production coming to Smock Alley in the first week of December. Our deadline for accepting submission is midnight tomorrow so if you are thinking about it now is the time to throw your hand up, type frantically with the other and send an email to contact at nodramatheatre dot com. More details on what we are looking for can be found here.

See y’all on August 18th when we’ll be showing off our awkward sunburn.

The Shindig is Here

Summer Shindig 2015

No Drama Theatre is proud to present our favourite show of the year, The 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! We’ve got 7 fantastic pieces for you:

“Rageroo” directed Noel Cahill
“Gooseberry” directed by Nikhil Dubey
“The Nursing Guide” directed by Dee O Shea
“Vengeance” directed by Chris O’Regan
“Alone” directed by Sarah Lynne
“Pretty Far Back” directed by Daniel O’Brien
“Vincent & Neil” directed by Robert Byrne

Doors open: 19:30
Start: 20:00
Admission: €5 (payable at the door)

Come see the show and hang around for our spectacular after party!

No Drama Theatre wants you!

We are delighted to announce that No Drama Theatre is now accepting applications for the positions of director, assistant director and production manager for its forthcoming winter 2015 production!

As you will hopefully have heard, our next play is going to be staged at the Boy’s School in Smock Alley. It’s a terrific venue, a great location and we are suitably excited to be heading in there. If you’re not familiar with it, check out the picture attached or head to the theatre’s website to see a nice 360 degree picture.

We are currently scheduled to be in the theatre the week beginning 29th November. If you are interested, email contact at nodramatheatre dot com and tell us what role, or roles, you would like to apply for.

A certain amount of prior experience is required in order to be eligible to be considered for the director’s chair and so we would ask that you please include a quick summary of your past adventures in the theatre. Experience of having directed plays outside of No Drama is acceptable and welcome. If you have not directed outside of No Drama, you will have to have served your time as assistant director on a previous No Drama play and have directed a Shindig piece in order to be eligible.

Don’t have any experience in directing? Don’t worry! The roles of assistant director and production manager are open to all members of No Drama. Appointments to director and production manager will be made by the committee from the pool of applicants and the new director will then decide on his or her assistant in consultation with the committee. The director will also be invited to select a play from a shortlist prepared by our Reading Group.

If you have any reservations or just some questions to ask, feel free to drop us a line. Alternatively, hunt down one your friendly committee members at a workshop.
Closing date for applications is 31st July.

Smock Alley! It’s going to be great! Apply! Apply! Apply!

Smock Alley

AGM 14th of July

A dramatisation of a recent AGM

No Drama will hold its Annual General Meeting this Tuesday 14th of July in Synge Street CBS at 7pm.

This is a great opportunity for our members to have a say in how we go about the things we do, to find out what happens behind the scenes and also air any issues or ask the Committee any questions (eg. What’s with all the fancy crowns and sceptres?!?).

Because of the AGM there will be no workshop this Tuesday but we will still have a Shindig! and two more workshops before we break for Summer

‘Five Women’ Street Theatre

Five Women Poster

We are very proud and excited to announce that No Drama is partnering with At Large Theatre and ActionAid Ireland to produce a piece of street theatre (‘Five Women’ by Alan Flanagan) this May. ‘Five Women’ will be performed on the streets of Dublin over the evening of 18th-20th of May with a special performance in Filmbase.

We are also delighted that Gráinne Curistan has taken the reins as Director of the ‘Five Women’ and she will be ably assisted by Renée van de Schoor as AD and Noel Cahill as production assistant.

The cast for Five Women is:
Sarah Lynne as Camogie
Caoimhe Cooke as Bronzer
Kate Cosgrave as Plaid
Fiona Monahan as Pearls
Lesley-Ann Reilly as Bananas

The Power of Darkness

We are very excited to announce that The Power of Darkness is up, running and rehearsing and we can now reveal the cast that will take the stage in the Player’s Theatre on June 10th.

The cast is:
RAYMOND LYNCH as Peter King
SIOBHÁN HICKEY as Eileen King
DAVID BREEN as Paul
ELLEN NOLAN as Maggie King
ADAM WALSH as Oliver
LOUISE DUNNE as Baby
PAT DEERY as Paddy

All directed by Johnny Shortall who is assisted by AD Keith Cooper with Production Manager Malcolm Bolton running the show.

Important Docs!

Taking advantage of the quick break between Auditions and Casting to bring you an important milestone for no Drama.

We’ve produced two documents which we’re hoping to ratify at our AGM (likely July) we present them here for comment

Mission Statement

Constitution

The second doc is a bit elaborate, but we’d appreciate it if you could take the time to read over it.
Dave

p.s. we’ve had some debate over the term Mission Statement (while it’s absolutely accurate, it doesn’t quite feel punk enough!) feel free to suggest an alternative!

Audition Time!

We are delighted to announce that the decision is in and our next play will be The Power of Darkness by John McGahern. The Power of Darkness will run at the start of June in the Player’s theatre in Trinity College with Johnny Shortall as Director and Keith Cooper as Assistant Director.

And so that means Auditions!

Auditions will be held at Synge Street CBS on:

  • Tuesday, 24th March, 7pm
  • Sunday, 29th March, 3pm
  • We would ask that all those interested to please let us know by either sending us a message on Facebook or by emailing contact@nodramatheatre.com. Please also indicate which audition you will be attending. Callbacks are likely to be set for Tuesday 31st March at 7pm.

    If you don’t get time to send an email, or if you end up making a last minute decision to attend, don’t worry, the audition doors will be open to all. For those of you who might be a bit unsure of whether to audition or maybe haven’t auditioned before – we would really recommend that you give it a try. It can be a lot of fun as well as a great learning experience and you may very well be exactly what we are looking for! So go for it!

    The cast features three female and four male roles. The characters are:

    Peter King: A rich, successful farmer and horse breeder, laid low by disease he is now at death’s door. However, he does not spread his wealth to ease the lives of those around him or make things more comfortable for them now that he is in decline. He has remarried after his first wife passed away, but his new marriage shows no signs of affection or even understanding.

    Eileen King: His suffering second wife. She married at a young age into a loveless marriage where she would be taken care of. She is naive to the ways of the world both socially and sexually. She finds herself in a vulnerable position, with her husband dieing and her inheritance at stake, surrounded by her soon to be late husband’s hostile family.

    Paul: A young, handsome farmhand working for Peter King to pay off a loan to his parents. Feckless, workshy and irresponsible, he has a way with women that is ill at ease with the rest of society’s view on relationships. He has recently started having an affair with Eileen, which puts both their positions in the home under severe threat.

    Maggie King: Peter’s daughter from his first marriage, she is aware of the affair going on between Paul and Eileen, but does not act upon her knowledge. She is left, caring after a dying father that no one else truly cares for, surrounded in a house on all sides by people who do not have her interest at heart.

    Oliver: Paul’s god fearing and heavily religious Father. He disproves of his son promiscuity, and would denounce him if he knew the extent of it. He is heavily traditional and perhaps blinded by his religious beliefs, but is fundamentally an honest, kind and caring person.

    Baby: Oliver’s wife, ruthless, cunning and manipulative, their is no line she will not cross the secure the future of her family and those she loves. She understands the world in which she lives better than anyone and is not afraid to use that knowledge. Her amoral nature allows her to play all sides of a dispute.

    Paddy: A penniless workman who’s life has been blighted his alcoholism. He has seen the world and come back wiser than most, but does not have the discipline to apply his understanding to his own life. He is many ways the moral compass of the play, not having a stake in the action but still a keen observer out of circumstance.

    Any members who have paid their members fees for March are eligible to audition (we will accept fees on audition day). Should you be successfully cast you must maintain your membership for the duration of the production.