All posts by Renee van de Schoor

WORKSHOP – 10 APRIL

Pull up a chair and pour yourself a strong cup of tea. It’s nearly #WorkshopTuesday. And we promise you, this one is going to be EPIC!

– An introduction to stage combat –
This Tuesday your workshop will be facilitated by Guest Facilitator: James Cosgrave.
With a strong background in martial arts, James began training in stage combat in both unarmed and in several weapon styles with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy (IDCA) where he later went on to become an instructor with the group. Over the last 10 years, he has worked on productions for theatre, film, and TV. And this Tuesday he will be YOUR facilitator.

Wear something that won’t prevent you from moving around and attacking your enemies.

Door 6:45 | Workshop 7 pm | Synge Street CBS.

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT

Hey there No Drama Queens!

We are delighted to introduce you to the cast of She Kills Monsters, our upcoming summer production directed by Dave McGowan and his assistant director Krate Cosgrave.

This ingenious comedy is promising to be the highlight of this No Drama term, and oh boy, do we have one amazing cast ready for you (aren’t they cute?).

Please give them a warm No Drama welcome (from left to right):
Tamryn Robyn ReineckeTonya Swayne, Martin Casey, Matthew James HeywoodEllen Nolan, Matthew WhiteheadErin BarclayJessy Danner, Darcy FeverRenée van de Schoor and Aaron Fever.

 

WORKSHOP – 3 APRIL

Hey you, hope you had a fantabulous Easter!

First of all, we like to take the opportunity to congratulate Neil +1 & Bill and Bob on their amazing display of improvised theatre in Smock Alley last Thursday and thank you for giving them such a great audience. A great night was had by all.

Now, Tuesday is around the corner, and that means we have another workshop in store for you! Tomorrow we’ll leave you under the guidance of Chairman; Johnny Shortall. Who will guide us through a much-requested topic: working with scripts and translating them to stage.

By using short scenes, you’ll be learning a variety of different techniques to get the most out of the material given. From learning lines to working together on stage. This will be an ideal workshop for newer members or those of you looking to stage a piece in the upcoming shindig!

We look forward to seeing you there. And remember, if this is your first workshop, it’s on us!

Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7 pm sharp | Synge Street CBS.

WORKSHOP – 27 MARCH

Happy Theatre Day one and all! Unfortunately we have some sad news, as Neill Curran’s has had to postpone his workshop tonight. He promises to be ready for our spectacular improv show on Thursday however so please make sure to snap up a ticket while there still available!

Tickets.

Do not despair though! Our lovely Head of Education Renée van de Schoor has agreed to step into the breach. Renée will be showing you several ways of creating, researching and developing your character. We will research, physicality, background and inspiration material.

We hope to see you there!

And for our new No Drama friends, your first workshop is on us so get down here!

Doors: 6:45 Workshop 7:00 Synge Street CBS

No Drama presents: Neil+1 & Bill and Bob

We are thrilled to invite you to this very special Improv Night.
Back to Back improv, where not one, not two, but three (+1) very talented people will take the stage of Smock Alley’s Boys School.

Founding member, Neil Curran will be blowing us away with his show Neil +1 and on top of that, we welcome the extremely handsome and talented Bill and Bob, aka Shane Robinson and Tamryn Reinecke.

All these festivities are only a few sleeps away! So get your tickets (here) while they’re still hot hot hot!!
29th March | 19:30 | Smock Alley Theatre | The Boys’ School

Neil +1 is a unique improvised theatre show starring Neil Curran and a random audience member. Completely unplanned and improvised, an audience member is invited up on stage and becomes a leading performer in the show! There are no tricks, plants or gimmicks; everything is made up on the spot. What unfolds is an alternative view of the life of the audience member, unfolding through improvised narrative.

Bill and Bob are the improvising duo of Shane Robinson and Tamryn Reinecke. They perform a specific style of improv creating real characters from the quirks of human nature. Exploring these relationships on stage can result in boundless hilarity and other times a melancholy undertone either way it’s always in pursuit of the truth of the moment.

No Drama Monologue Night – The powerful edition

We’re delighted to present our second monologue night of 2018!

This monologue night the theme will be “Power”.
With a monologue of your choice, you’re gonna take the stage, in Flannery’s!

If you want to participate (which we highly encourage) please contact the always lovely Lesley-Ann, and she will put your name down on the list. You can reach her on: Lesley127ann@gmail.com

But if you’re more of the observing kind, we’d love for you to come along and support our acts for only €5!

It’s guaranteed to be a highly entertaining night and we’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

WORKSHOP – 13 MARCH

Hey there No Dramians,
we hope your Sunday is going well! While we are knee deep in the auditioning process for She Kills Monsters, we still have a rocking workshop coming for you this Tuesday!

Mr. Johnny Shortall, aka chairman of No Drama Theatre, will be delivering the goods this week, in a workshop entitled
“The Gift: Working with others on stage”.

We will be exploring the fundamental nature of taking and receiving ideas from our fellow actors, as well working as a collective towards a common goal. In addition to his workshop, he will be bringing another one of his infamous carousel variations: IRON MAN CAROUSEL! (we honestly have no clue what to expect).

If this is your first time visiting our workshop, we’ll start with giving you the gift of the free workshop. It’s on us!

Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7:00 (Sharp) | Synge Street CBS.

We look forward to seeing you there!

WORKSHOP – 6 MARCH

It is workshop time! And we have quite the workshop lined up for you this week! Former chairman, future main production director and all round swell chap Dave McGowan will be preparing us all for the upcoming production tryouts!

In the run up to auditions for She Kills Monsters, we’re going to have a little run through a couple of key aspects of the play:

– Monstering! 
– Combat!
– Scene Transitions!
– Comedy!
– Dungeons and Dragons!

So if your at all interested in starring in or doing back stage work for the upcoming Smock Alley show, we highly recommend you come down and learn the ropes from the master! And if your new this is the ideal time to come down and find out what this group is about from one of our most long standing and beloved members (you also get in for free, hurrah!)

Synge Street School CBS Tuesday 6th of March from 7 PM sharp! See you there!

 

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Ladies and Gentleman! It is time.
It is your time to shine!

Dave McGowan and Krate Cosgrave are directing a wonderful piece  called She Kills Monsters, that will be on in the Main Stage of Smock Alley Theatre from the 3rd of July till the 7th.

And you can audition for it NOW.

Auditions will be held on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of March. If you want to audition, please send and an email to express your interest to: contact@nodramatheatre.com and we will send you on the audition pieces.
Location TBC.

In your email, please include:

  • Name.
  • Email address.
  • Phone number.
  • Audition day preferences? (if you are unable to make either of  these days, we may be able to accomodate an alternate time.)
  • Is there any dates during the rehearsal period you will be on vacation/absent?
  • Role preferences.
  •  Any other relevant training/experience, e.g. stage combat, theatre, D&D etc.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS BELOW:
Note: We intend to double up roles Narrator and Farrah are likely (but not guaranteed) to be played by the actors playing Gabbi/Tina. Similarly there’s a number of scenes with various types of Monsters with brief non-speaking stage combat appearances currently Gabbi/Tina/Miles/Steve are likely to cover these as well.

Agnes Evans – is the protagonist of our story. She’s strong, determined, but sceptical. She lost her family some years ago, but is only finally packing up their stuff because she’s moving in with her boyfriend. She never knew her sister Tilly very well, but she sets out on a new path to get to know her, through Dungeons & Dragons. She works at her old high school.

Tilly Evans/Tillius the Paladin – is Agnes’ younger sister, now deceased. The two never had much in common. Tilly was into experiments, adventure and roleplaying games while her sister was into boys and pop music. She’s what society would call a “tomboy” and the play calls a “girl-nerd”. She was famous around town for her Dungeons & Dragons skills, and even though life wasn’t always easy for her being different, she stayed tough, loving and kind.

Lilith Morningstar – Demon Queen and high school student. The strongest adventurer, loyal friend of Tilly’s and gruff with others, and tough as nails in the biggest battle- until you mention telling her dad something she doesn’t want him to know! She’s hiding a couple of secrets.

Orcus, Demon – Orcus is a bit of a slacker and has kind of had it with the whole big bad demon thing. After a while having adventurers stomp into your place demanding this and that just wore thing. He just wants to sit back and enjoy some quality t.v.

Kalliope Darkwalker, Dark Elf – Graceful, agile and thoughtful. She is the quieter adventurer, knowledgeable and stoic. Sister of Orcus in real life, with a few secrets of her own.

Chuck – is our Dungeon Master (and no, that’s not kinky). He is a self-proclaimed massive nerd and wears it as a badge of honour, throwing himself into the game with theatricality and aplomb. He is very awkward outside of D&D, especially with the ladies, trying to cover up his insecurities with arrogance, but we see his kind nature as he helps Agnes play the game.

Vera – is Agnes best friend and colleague, a no-nonsense school guidance counsellor. Fiercely loyal, moral, calls you out on stupid behaviour and not willing to let you drop out of your classes.

Steve/The Great Mage Steve – is a high school guy who can’t seem to catch a break. Be it getting caught in disastrous battles or disastrous conversations.

Tina/Evil Tina – is a cheerleader by day, succubus by night, and really mean by both. She and her bff Gabbi are a couple of popular kid high-school bullies.

Gabbi/Evil Gabbi – is a cheerleader by day, succubus by night, and really mean by both. She and her bff Tina are a couple of popular kid high-school bullies.

The Narrator – male or female, steers us through the story with gravitas, good humour and (sometimes lame) jokes.

Farrah – is a fairy, but touch her and she’ll rip your hand off. She is a certified badass, you can keep your dainty fluttering and fairy dust to yourself.

Play Announcent

We hope you’re all safe and stocked up on bread!
‘Cause we have a whole new kind of storm coming your way!

We are super excited to announce our summer production!
Directed by Dave McGowan and assistant director Krate Cosgrave, this summer production will be…..

Keep an eye on the site, for more information regarding the auditions or Dave’s workshop next Tuesday!