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No Drama Theatre presents “Gaslight” by Patrick Hamilton – Auditions

First round auditions for “Gaslight” by Patrick Hamilton will take place on:


Sunday 22nd September from 4pm
Tuesday 24th September from 7pm

Please email contact@nodramatheatre with your preferred date for audition and the character/s you would like to audition for. You will then be provided the audition texts for your chosen character/s.

Full script available upon request.

Read on for for full character descriptions as provided by Malcolm Bolton (Director).


Mr Jack Manningham
Age: Mid 40’s.
Tall, Handsome and perhaps a little too well dressed. His manner is suave and authoritative with a touch of mystery and bitterness”
(Directors note : Actor needs to be able to morph from smouldering-ly charming to verbally imposing in a heartbeat)

Mrs. Bella Manningham
Age: Early to Mid 30’s.
A strong woman who has been so worn down by her abuse that all her primary defenses have disappeared. She is a character who makes the best of a bad situation. “She has been good-loooking, almost a beauty – but now she has a haggard frightened air which tell of sleepless nights, and worse.”
(Directors note: Whoever portrays her needs to exhibit a worn down pride)

Detective Rough
Age: Between 40-60
Wiry, active, friendly, overbearing. He has a low warm chuckle and completely dominates the scene from the beginning.
(Directors note: Whoever portrays him should be able to demonstrate years of experience in the field, his jovial nature, professional tenacity and breadth of knowledge. Almost a Poirot style character. Kind and sagely, but able to act when it matters)

Elizabeth (The maid)
Age: Between 35 and 50.
Amiable, subservient
(Directors note: Loyal to a fault, Elizabeth is a shrewd and invaluable help to Bella. She is kind, but takes no nonsense, I see her as a quiet observer of abuse who takes what opportunities she can to ease Bella’s burden)

Nancy (The maid)
Age: Early to mid 20’s
She is a self conscious, pretty, cheeky.
(Directors note: The Manningham’s slightly less loyal servant. I see Nancy as being fed up of life in the Manningham household. She wants to see the world. She wants excitement….anything to pull her out of the unfulfilled humdrum life she is currently experiencing.)

Workshop – 17/09/2019

We are pleased to welcome back Siobhán ‘Shivvy’ Hickey as this week’s facilitator.

Continuing our September theme of “Developing and becoming a character”, Siobhán will give some insight into the topic by using character development exercises based on her own experiences as an actor, a director, and a stand up.

Siobhan is a writer/actor who has been involved with No Drama Theatre for over 10 years.

Throughout her time with the group, she has performed in various No Drama main productions in a variety of different roles and taken part numerous times in the now well established No Drama Monologue Nights (now known as the No Drama Bring your Own Nights).

As well as performing onstage, Siobhan has also directed (‘Closer’ by Patrick Marber) and produced (including the sell out run of ‘Harvey’ by Mary Chase).

Most recently, she performed her one woman stand up show ‘Dear Diary… and other notions of a romantic nature’ as part of Dublin’s newly established free fringe festival, Frayed.

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 10/09/2019

And after the Summer break, we are back!

The theme for September’s workshops is “developing and becoming a character” and who better to lead us in the first workshop of the theme but Mr. Shane Robinson!

This workshop will be an outline of Shane’s approach to character and the several techniques he implements when working with a text.

Shane Robinson is an award winning professional actor and director who has been attached to No Drama since 2008. He’s trained in the Gaiety School of Acting and the programme for screen acting in Bow St.

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Tinsel Kids and Jet Engine Joy – ‘Kate Crackernuts’ at Smock Alley Review

In this thoroughly modern piece, gone are the fairy folk and enchantments of the original tale, here replaced by rave-culture Tinsel Kids, and drug pushing seductresses. A headless sheep narrates, and interferes with, the action while the eponymous heroine struggles to find a cure first for her sister’s malady (waking with the head of a sheep, but not that one), and then that of Paul, her seduced and pill-popping object of desire. A man-sized baby with a magic rattle, and a dead-crow-stroking crone (seated on a porcelain throne) figure also. If that sounds like a lot going on, you don’t know the half of it.

Dublin theatre group No Drama are back with this must-see frenetic joy. Director Kate Cosgrave has chosen the bold and often startling ‘Kate Crackernuts’ for their latest effort, a mesmeric take on the old Scottish folk tale by American writer Sheila Callaghan. Veering wildly from disarming lyricism to disorienting, and frequently hilarious, physical comedy, the play and players conspire to keep the audience in a state of joyful surrender. Which if you’ve ever seen a No Drama production before, will probably come as no surprise.


That’s the gut-punch of this production. Somehow, while digesting themes of seekers seeking; beauty fading; wounds as transformation; compulsion and addiction; and individualism and escapism, the sheer protean vibrancy onstage means we the audience are never lost in the proceedings, only reeling. Callaghan’s elliptical and poetic dialogue (“The raver boy who has lost his milky way”, “Youth is all you have, you better unfold it loudly” and “Ride her. Spread her. Throw her at the sun” are fairly representative lines) is always beautiful as it careens from carnality to comedy, and back by way of catharsis.


The assured central performances of Megan Carter as Kate, Siobhan Hickey as her sister Anne, Shane Robinson as drugged and wasting Paul, and, (as the embodiment of Paul’s dislocated voice) Ali Keohane, are never less than compelling and hit an extraordinary range of emotional beats. Daniel O’Brien as love-struck brother Ralph, Greg Freegrove as both Kate’s mother and Paul’s father, Darcy Donnellan Poole as the above crone, and Dave McGowan as the headless sheep, all ground the action in levity with their consummate comic chops. Sorcha Maguire as Miss Prima brings a sultry side to inter-generational rivalry and locks in the threatening aspect of the piece. “Tinsel Kids” Stephen Madden and Therese Doyle make a virtue of the mind-boggling number of scene changes by doubling up as both blissed-out rave fairies and nimble stage hands.


The producer Louise Dunne has conjured an appropriately febrile and dream-like atmosphere, and assistant director Ciaran Treanor has nailed the technical aspects and marshalling. But ultimately all credit must go to Cosgrave who has pulled something quite extraordinary into existence.


So folks, if I tell you that this singular spell of enchantment is an absolute must-not-miss, will you please, please, for the love of all that is scared and profane, just go and see it already?


Consider yourself told.

Ciarán Milton

All Stars Workshop – 25/06/2019

And so here it is, the final workshop of the No Drama season (not the last one ever though! We’re not cruel!) takes place today!

And is is tradition, we shall be holding the All Star workshop where various facilitators will take you on a magical theatrical journey.

And afterwards all workshop attendees are invited to Anseo for drinks and to celebrate another fantabulous term of workshops!

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

No Drama Theatre presents ‘Kate Crackernuts’

Kate’s sister Anne, a ravishing beauty, wakes up one morning to discover a sheep’s head on her shoulders instead of her own.

Thus begins the journey of the ever-practical Kate in her quest to return Anne to her former glory, a journey sidetracked by Kate’s obsession with saving a slim raver-boy from a nasty little addiction.

Based loosely and lyrically on the Scottish fairy tale “Kate Crackernuts”.

Running time : 105 mins including an interval
Recommended for ages 16+ 

WRITTEN BY: Sheila Callaghan
DIRECTED BY: Kate Cosgrave

9 – 13 Jul | 7:30pm | Main Space

Tickets available from https://smockalley.com/kate-crackernuts/

Workshop – 18/06/2019

Guys! It’s here the penultimate No Drama workshop pre Summer break!

So you only have 2 more chances to get a workshop in! This makes us sad but we assure you that we insanely good ones in store for you.

With that in mind, tomorrow’s workshop is to be facilitated by sensational Theo Dennisson.

“We will experiment with the foundations of a theatrical scene: Listening, communication, trust, sensing your environment and, finally, we will explore status on stage. That will lead us into exploring a darker side of theatre, master and slave.”

Theo Dennisson has been experimenting with theatre, improv, tango shows, music and stand-up comedy since 2004.

Theo studied method acting and improv at the Epi Kolono theatre in Athens (2009-2011). His acting experience includes playing Michael in Karolyi Sakoni’s “We now interrupt our programme due to technical reasons” (2004) and Mr Sirelli in “Right you are (if you think so) by Luigi Pirandello (2005).

Theo directed and played the assasin in Sergi Belbel’s “Morir” (2006) and also held 3 out of 9 roles (magician, Santa Claus, priest) in 2011’s Epi Kolono theatre’s original script production (2001).

In 2011 Theo was an actor and lead singer in “you are what you do” (international street theatre production, Linz, Austria, 2011).

In 2015 he worked on lights in “Harold and Maude” (Collin Higgins) with InPlayers Amsterdam and most recently played Liberty Valance in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” with No Drama Theatre in 2019.

Theo been doing stand-up comedy in Dublin since 2017.

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 11/06/2019

For this week’s workshop we are beyond excited to welcome back the undeniably talented Tamryn Reinecke as workshop facilitator!

Tamryn’s workshop will be focus on using improv and play to help find authenticity in character development. The class will focus on the fundamentals of improv as a tool for listening, reacting truthfully and doubling down on emotion to find truth within your character work. 

Tamryn Reinecke is a filmmaker and actor who has been an affiliate of No Drama Theatre for over 5 years. She runs an indie film production house, Pale Rebel Productions, where she focuses on creating original content including a number of award winning short films. As well as this Tamryn is an experienced improviser; she regularly performs at The Tightrope and is a member of MOB Theatre Dublin where you can see her perform every Thursday night in Wigwam.

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 04/06/2019

The theme of the month is ‘Techniques in Theatre’.

Throughout our June workshops we shall be recapping and incorporating all that we have covered over the past year and exploring new aspects of stage craft.

Tuesday the 4th kicks us off with understanding the physicality of a character and using this in performance, we shall examine emotional range and deliverance to build a scene and look at the arc of a scene; all supported with script work (beautiful lovey words to play with).

This weeks facilitator is the energetic, enthusiastic Ms Louise Dunne. 

Louise is the current chairperson of NoDramaTheatre, of which she has been an active member since 2014. Louise has studied acting at The Gaiety School of Acting and The Lir Academy and has been involved in 14 productions over the past 6 years. 

Louise has worked with the following Theatre Companies in varying capacities (at both professional and amateur level): No Drama Theatre, At Large Theatre, Monaincha Theatre Group, The Gorgeous Theatre and Pygmankenstein Theatre Group.

Louise directed the extravagant production of ‘An Experiment with an Air-Pump’ by Shelagh Stephenson in 2017 and ‘Unchained Melody’ by Adam Walsh at Smock Alley Theatre. She has also produced 3 shows for No Drama and brought a show to the All Together Now Festival in 2018.

Louise is also the Artistic Director of No Drama Theatre, adding Set Design, Set Assembly/Construction and Prop Building to her already extensive CV. 

However, her first love is and can only be acting and she has taken to the stage in 14 productions to date with both lead roles and supporting roles.

To date she has appeared in:

“The Chalk Garden” by Enid Bagnold at The Sean O’Casey Theatre Nov 2014
“The Power of Darkness” by John McGahern, The Players Theatre, June 2015
“The Trial” by Franz Kafka at Smock Alley Theatre, July 2016
“The Book of Condolences” by Kieron Connelly, The Teachers Club, Dec, 2017
“What Could Be Worse” By Adam Walsh at The Complex, Aug 2017
“Mother Stokers Sickly Stories” By Lauren Shannon-Jones at No 13, North Great Georges St, Oct 2017
“And Then There were None” By Agatha Christie, Smock Alley Theatre, Jan 2018

Louise enjoys a challenge and throws herself headfirst at 100 miles per hour with 120% conviction into everything she does, see yis all on Tuesday!

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 28/05/2019

To close out our ‘stepping outside your comfort zone’ theme, we are delighted to announce Siobhan Hickey as this week’s facilitator.

“While researching common themes that cause actors difficulties, three things kept cropping up; love, sex and comedy.”

Workshop participants will be given the opportunity to explore these themes in a safe space through various exercises and discussions.

Siobhan is a writer/actor and has been a member of No Drama Theatre for over 9 years.

Throughout her time with the group, she has performed in main productions in a variety of different roles (including the female lead in John McGahern’s ‘The Power of Darkness’) and taken part in the now well established No Drama Monologue Nights.

As well as working onstage, Siobhan has also directed (‘Closer’ by Patrick Marber) and produced (including the sell out run of ‘Harvey’ by Mary Chase). Most recently, she performed the first draft of her one woman stand up show ‘Dear Diary… and other notions of a romantic nature’ which is currently being developed for further future performances.

Siobhan will also be portraying the character of ‘Anne’ in No Drama Theatre’s upcoming Summer production ‘Kate Crackernuts’.

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

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop