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We’re are thrilled to inform you, your chance to shine in the main production is here. We will be holding auditions for this Winters Production, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

A classic story of good versus evil, law versus the gun, one man versus Liberty Valance. A tale of love, hope, and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society. A young scholar from New York travels west in search of a new life he arrives beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees. Rescued from the plains, the town soon becomes his home as he finds the love of a local woman. This love gives him a purpose in the broken land, but is it enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants him dead?

Ransome Foster – From New York, well read and well spoken. He is stubborn and often arrogant, but always well-meaning.

Hallie Jackson – She is a strong-minded and rough-talking girl. Underneath her rough exterior is a beautiful and caring individual.

Bert Barricune – Bert is a true gunslinger, he is worn and battered looking, but clearly handsome. He speaks only when he must.

Liberty Valance – Liberty is a Southern gentleman, but his polite manners don’t disguise the scars on his face. He is terrifyingly unpredictable.

Marshal Johnson – The Marshal talks the talk, but when it comes down to it, he’s a coward.

Jane Dowitt – Jane is an enthusiastic reporter for a small local paper.

The Narrator – The spirit of the West, who appears to the audience as a young, well-mannered lady.

Jim ‘The Reverend’ Mosten – Jim is a young black swamper, He is kind, enthusiastic, well-mannered, full of energy and easy to fall in love with.

Auditions will be held on Sunday the 30th of September at 3pm and Tuesday 2nd of October at 7pm, in Synge Street CBS.
To sign up for auditions, please email Declan Ryan, at, expressing which roles you would like to audition for and which of the two auditions dates would be of interest.

We’re crossing our fingers for you!


Heed, to the Mound – Dublin Fringe Festival

Heed, to the Mound as part of Dublin Fringe Festival, will be tomorrow on in the Complex from 2pm – 5pm.

Women taking up space: physically, vocally, socially, politically and economically. We are moving mounds through the political landscape of gender. We will command attention with respect, without apologies. This floor is our landscape, our journeys will mark it. We are building a roadmap. This is performance, this is action, this is ongoing. We need your presence, let us negotiate.

Saturday 22nd September | 2pm – 5pm | The Complex | Free and Unticketed.




Happy Tuesday!!

The Breathe of an Ensemble.

“Each person must become an ingredient in the mixing and making of a piece. There is no place for manners or mannerisms. Social conventions, routine habits of impolite daily life, suppress the sensory and imaginative world from which this work begins. Normal social selves must be shed and attention re-directed to the work as a whole. Individuals become a group. ”

With every performer comes the contribution of a different energy. In this week’s workshop, we will be looking at embracing diversity in the creation of an ensemble. We will research how to tune into one another and the space, in a bid to work as a collective and move as a unit.

This workshop is about action, we will be embracing stillness, silence, and the empty space, as a blank page into which we can pour expression and meaning.
Creating a narrative of discovery with the freedom not to seek for resolution.

If this is your first workshop, it’s free!

Tuesday, Sept 18th | Doors 6.45 | Workshop 7 pm | Synge Street CBS

No Drama Monologue Night,

It is time for yet another No Drama Monologue Night, taking place on Monday the 24th of September. These nights are truly amazing, showing the amazing talent this magnificent group has and a true highlight of your September month. A great opportunity for members new and old, experienced and new hands to partake in an evening of entertainment like no other, all in the welcoming confines of a private room in a pub!

If you want to participate (which we highly encourage) please contact Ms. Monologue herself, Lesley-Ann Reilly, at, and she will put your name down on the list.

If you’re more of the observing kind, we’d love for you to come along and support our acts for only five euro a head.

September 24th | 7 pm | Flannery’s Pub | Camden Street | €5.00

No Drama’s Next Director

Happy Sunday No Drama lovers. We have sooooome news for you!!

We are thrilled to announce to you, the directorial team of this year’s winter production. Marking the return of Mr. Declan Ryan to the director’s chair, after directing a fantastic interpretation of Harvey in 2015. This winter, he will not go along without his partner in crime, assistance director, Malcolm Bolton!

Together they will put on their cowboy boots and take us to the wild wild west, with………………… The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance!!! Debuting in January 2019 in Smock Alley Theatre’s The Boys School but we have a sneak preview for you here.

A classic story of good versus evil, law versus the gun, one man versus Liberty Valance. A tale of love, hope, and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society. A young scholar from New York travels west in search of a new life he arrives beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees. Rescued from the plains, the town soon becomes his home as he finds the love of a local woman. This love gives him purpose in a broken land, but is it enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants him dead?

Keep your eyes on this page, because auditions will be announced, very, very soon.


New Chairperson of No Drama Theatre: Louise Dunne

After two years of serving this group, we would like to thank Johnny Shortall for all the hard work, beautiful productions, and unforgettable moments, he has created as Chairman of this group. We will not forget his contributions any time soon and we know his heart will never be too far from Synge Street. Don’t be a stranger 

And with that, we are thrilled to announce, that the amazing Louise Dunne will be taking over the reigns as our FIRST Female Chairperson! We are convinced that with her passion, creativeness, and love for theatre (and in particular of the No Drama variety) she will be able to lead the way to a landscape full of more opportunities, mesmerizing productions, and challenges.

Please help us in giving her a very warm No Drama welcome!


Our weekly workshops are back and we couldn’t be more excited!

Tuesday the 11th of September, the workshop sees the return of our resident Dutchie Renée van de Schoor, fresh off her demonic turn in She Kills Monsters this July!

During this workshop, we will focus on the basics of scene creation, and using the five W’s – Who, When, Where, What, Why. A perfect workshop for people new to acting, but with plenty of challenges for our veterans too.

If it is your first workshop, it is on us.

We look very much forward to seeing everyone again this Tuesday.

Tuesday, Sept 11th | Doors 6.45 | Workshop 7 pm | Synge Street CBS


Hello No Dramians, have we missed you!

We are delighted to announce that our summer hibernation is finally at an end and workshops will be returning next week from the 11th of September in Synge Street School. We will be announcing more details over the weekend, but we are very excited to be for what promises to be a very enticing season of workshops!

Before that, however, we have the small matter of the AGM! This year’s AGM will be held on Monday the 10th of September at 8 PM and it is your opportunity to have input into the workings of the group and peer under the hood of its management. If you would like to attend please shoot us a private message or email to as we will be organizing a location based on attendance numbers.

Look forward to seeing you all next week for what promises to be the most exciting and fun No Drama term yet!


Well, what else can be said? She Kills Monsters has reached its curtain call and all that is left is for us to express our gratitude to everyone who breathed life into it.

First and foremost, the directing team. Dave McGowan and Krate Cosgraveset the tone from day one, handling the mammoth task of bringing this production to stage with aplomb and grace, shouldering all the nerves and strain that goes with any endeavor of this magnitude with a remarkably steady hand and a soft eye. Thank you for inviting us all along on this incredible voyage. We always knew you were going to kill it, but never in our wildest dreams could we have hoped for this.

Dave Tiberius Curran production manager extraordinaire, oversaw the largest production in No Drama’s history and made it look a hell of a lot easier than it was, ensuring every member of the team had their say and knew what was needed of them for us to survive to the next level. This production required coordination from every member of its team and it couldn’t have operated as well as it did without its gentle maestro navigating us through some choppy currents.

It has become a cliche to state that Louise Dunne surpassed her own remarkable standard this production, but there are no other words to describe the immensity of the shift Cavan’s finest export put in. From conjuring dragons and beholders, to keeping the backstage engine room ticking over seamlessly, she is truly a wonder and we count our stars every day in thanks that we can rely on her to pull off the impossible. That poster is the work of a genius, the puppets that of a master or a mad woman, probably both.

Baz O’Donovan took timber, screws, paints and lino and built a world for us to not only tell a story, but to bring it to life, while always ensuring the safety of our actors. From across the mountain of steepness to castle of evil and everything in between, thank you. We are delighted to have Baz back in our ranks and assure you we will not be letting him go so easily this time.

Sara Ben-Abdallah a professional in the best sense of the word. She had our complete trust from the moment she walked into our first production meeting and exceeded every expectation we could have held, not only making our cast look utterly bewitching, but also capable of pulling off full costume changes at the turn of a coin. We know every cast member is thankful beyond words for the hard work she has put in and the memories she has left them with. We all look forward to the next time we get to see you play dress up. A big thank you to our resident greek goddess Alexandra Stamati for pitching in with some key stitches when needed!

Peter Blennerhassett undertook the task of keeping a furiously paced and intricately complicated play on the tracks and turned what could have been an ordeal for any mere mortal into a living, breathing ideal of what a stage manager could be. He kept other heads cool when the Dragonfire was lit under our ass and made every person lucky enough to work under him understand how much they were appreciated in whatever task they were given and dedicated much of his weekends to helping Louise maintain what is left of her sanity.

Bucky Emmerling and James M. O’Connor, our light and sound designers, charted out a visual and audio treat for the senses, that not only made the play flow seamlessly from scene to scene, but soaring through the sky on a beautiful grungey rainbow. You took the vast expanse of the main stage of Smock Alley and ensured we got the best of every inch of it.

Barbara SzilágyiKornél Hamula and Elaine Carroll our magnificent makeup and props masters, looked after all the details with incredible care, bringing love and attention to the minutiae of each character’s look to really bring them to life. You ladies well and truly rock, we are so glad you were part of our team.

Emma Breadman and Renée van de Schoor, for all their hard work and dedication in running events and PR to ensure the word about this adventure got out into the public domain, not only early but prominently. You ladies are the reason we were able to fill out such a large theatre with a captive audience.

Corinna Ono and Helen McGrath operated the light and sound desk and made one of the most intricate aspects of the show seem simple. We would like to extend the heartiest thanks to them for taking on what every difficult and challenging task we could throw at them with relish.

Jay Cosgrave choreographed our fights, armed our actors and kept them safe every step, pivot, and thrust of the way. It couldn’t have happened without you. We wish we could compile and dedicate to you the gasps from the audience, the shrieks at the neck snapping and the very uncomfortable crossing of male legs. Philip Arneill captured on camera so much of what of made this production so very very special and we cannot wait to spend hours pouring over the memories. The most streamlined headshot session No Drama has ever seen. For that gentlemen, and so much more, we are truly in your debt. Songs of your great deeds will be sung around our campfires for years to come.

You might never have seen them but we had an army of stagehands and helpers taking up arms each and every night to hold us back from chaos. Enya ReillyGidget ReillyGülşah ErdiçShane McGlynnNikhil DubeyDeirbhile Brogan Roisin Cogan, Sorcha, Mary, Stephanie and Eva Van de Schoorthank you so much for your hard work each and every show. We are all eternally grateful for your contribution.

Our front of house was operated by Roisin, Rory Kennedy, Sorcha and Nikhil, they got every evening off to a great start for all our audience and we would like to thank them for being such wonderful greeters.

Special thanks as always to Alan Rogers for helping shoot the promotional video and Declan Vincent Ryan for making the get in and out not only possible but as relatively painless as could be asked for. We might sometimes take for granted that we can depend on you to see us through each production, but not on a week like this one.

A humongous thank you to Smock Alley Theatre for letting us into their wonderful space. We could have never put this production on anywhere else. Smock Alley Theatre will always be our home away from Synge Street and we thank your entire crew for allowing us the opportunity to play in your beautiful theatre.

The Cast. What can we say about the cast that has not already been said? You had us rolling in the aisles one moment, while shedding tears seconds later, not just on stage but from the auditions onwards. It would be an insult to the collective nature of the piece to give you individual praise, so Ellen Nolan , Jessy DannerDarcy FeverMatthew James Heywood, Martin, Renée, Erin BarclayAaron FeverTamryn Robyn ReineckeMatthew WhiteheadTonya Swayne, thank you from the bottom of our wrenched Hearts. You are superstars each and every one of you. You paid back all the months and months of planning and hard work we had invested in this play with interest and then some. We cannot wait to see where you each go from here, now that this quest has been completed, but we promise we will be front row center to witness it first hand. Thank you for being a party like no other.

Finally, and most importantly you, the audience. All this dedication, sweat (so much sweat) and tears would have come to nought if we did not have an appreciative audience to witness the fruits of our labor. We got that and then some. Thank you for coming. Thank you for making this the highest selling No Drama production in our 10-year history, even with a heat wave and world cup competing for attention. Thank you for the kind words. Thank you for listening to what he had to say. See you for the next one.

It wouldn’t be a She Kills Monsters post without a contrived Dungeons and Dragons reference or two. We rolled the dice, crossed our fingers and it came up a natural 20. Thanks to Tymora for that one.

All of our love to you, from us at No Drama Theatre.

Jonathan Shortall – The Proudest Chairman in the World


With only a week left until She Kills Monsters will be on stage in Smock Alley Theatre, we cannot invite you enough to come down and see our play! 

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly.

When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge.

In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Age Suitability 13+

Written by: Qui Nguyen – By arrangement with Samuel French
Directed by: Dave McGowan, Kate Cosgrave

Aaron Fever
Darcy Donnellan Poole
Ellen Nolan
Erin Barclay
Jessy Danner
Martin Casey
Matthew Heywood
Matthew Whitehead
Renée van de Schoor
Tamryn Reinecke
Tonya Swayne

Running time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

3 – 7 Jul | 8 pm | matinee: 2:30 pm on Sat 7th | Main Space | Smock Alley Theatre