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No Drama Theatre Table Quiz fundraiser

Wednesday 13th at 4 Dame Lane No Drama Theatre are hosting a table quiz to fundraise for our next production Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy.
It’s mostly a quiz on film and tv but there will be some General Knowledge and regular rounds too.
We’ll have many raffle prizes.
We’ll also be trying a few new things at this one to make it a little different.
It’s €10 euro per person and you can either get yourself a team together (4 or 5 max please) or come along yourself and we’ll put you with a team.

Here’s the Facebook link.…321615&index=1

Speech and drama skills foundation course – 10wks starting Monday April 11th.

Fancy a challenge?
Want to push yourself that extra half inch in theatre?
……then Darragh Beirne’s Speech & Drama Skills Foundation Course is just what you’re looking for…….

The Speech & Drama Skills Foundation Course is carried out in a fixed group workshop environment with the overall objective of equipping members with an increased knowledge and understanding of theatre skills, both practical and physical, while encouraging exploration & imagination.
The course includes an introduction to Stagecraft & Acting Methods. It will run at a high pace and will require full attendance to all classes, as well as focus & participation from the start. This course is suited towards those who are looking to improve on their current skill sets achieved through regular workshop attendance, rather than those looking for confidence on stage and new to drama.
All participants will be assessed on completion of the course. It is envisaged participants will have achieved a higher understanding of theatre and stage theory and practice through a structured methodology equipping them with skills to further their hobby or career paths” (Darragh Beirne).
Booking must be made in advance by Sunday April 10th to as the course will not take place if numbers are too low. Members can not join after the due date if the course goes ahead.
Payment can be made to Sheila on or before the first workshop. The cost is €50 for the 10 week course on top of membership. Please note that this is an extremely low cost for a course of this quality. The course takes place from April 11th to July 4th. Workshops will not run on bank holidays or over Easter. One workshop will take place on a Saturday afternoon. Date to be confirmed.
The course is run by Darragh Beirne. Darragh is a past member of No Drama Theatre and holds Level 3 Graded Examination in Speech & Drama with RIAM & LCM, DipLCM, ALCM in performance and teaching


Here at No Drama we are fond of tradition.

In fact, some say that the first Shindig took place in a stable over 2,000 years ago. In those days, of course, they used oil lamps for lighting effects and the bones of animal carcasses for sound effects and props.

Last night the savvy Sheila Dooley and Cathal O’Donovan used the very latest in theatrical production technology in the cosy Teachers’ Club to do justice to the 10 (ish) Shindiggerrific Acts taking to the stage.

There was the smell of aniticipation in the air, some people thought it was mince pies, as each member took to the stage. Some members teamed up to write their own plays, starting weeks ago and ending with applause from the sweaty audience. Others choose the lonely monologue route, Shane Robinson moved the audience with his emotional tale of love titled ‘Speechless’, Chris O’Reagan gave a strong and convincing performance drawing from an excerpt from ‘American Buffalo’ while Tom Murphy caused the audience to wipe away tears of pride in his own play ‘Mocking Birds’. There was a buffet of other 15 minute performances which were halariously performed and exectued with ease. ‘A Matter of Husbands’ by Ferenc Molnar (Translated by Benjamin Glazer) was directed and performed by Alan Rogers with the classy Paula Madden and wonderfully innocent Caoimhe Cooke reminding us all that we should remain suspicious of our men! The night was opened by a play written and directed by No Drama’s number one fan and favourite Jenny Byrne aka Dave MacGowans mrs, which sent shivers down the spine, acted by Declan Ryan, Brian Quinn and the ‘one line wonder’ Grainne O’Sullivan. Grainne also appeared alongside Dearbhla Lawlor, Rachel Byrne and Ann Hogan in ‘Revolting Women’ written by the yummy Joe Kearney inspired by a photography of 1916 Rebellion widows. This was a strong piece, by strong women which reminded us of our own lack of political passion today. ‘Out of the Frying Pan’ written and performed by Alan Rogers and Ruairi de Burca with acting support from Damien Holmes was earily familiar to many in the audience by presenting hell as your typical office scene, with paper pushing and endless typing…. !

The Couple was written, directed and performed by our very own Brian Quinn along side Angela Carlin. The piece was enough to put you off dating for life was was performed over the entire Shindig in fives scenes. Equally funny was ‘Murder by Midnight’ by Jeff Goode, directed by the sweet Sadie Sugarman and performed by David Fleming, Alan Fitzgerald and Ruth Lohrke. A play of murder, intrigue, more murder and a lady in a towel, had the crowd in stitches. Along a more serious theme but contining with the theme of professional murder, Mr. Suit himself, Neil Curran and Mr. I’m-getting-married-in-February, Dave McGowan, gave two strong performances from an excerpt from ‘Heat’, directed by Shane Robinson.

Greeting you as Front of House with smiles wider than an Irish Budget Deficit was Patrick O’Callaghan and the backstage crew were Maria Dillon and Ellen Hallinan.

Thanks to all who helped and took part and it was brilliant to see so many people who had not been on stage with No Drama before put in so much work!

Merry Chrimbo everyone and see you back at workshops on January 11th!

Your next chance to get on stage


Saturday 18th December – Submission date now passed.

Not content with staging one production before Christmas, we want more! We’re not ashamed to brag about the oceans of talent oozing from our members so we are taking out our SHINDIG boots and wiping off the dust in preparation for another night of acts more varied than a Benetton ad.

As always the SHINDIG is a showcase night, where fully monthly paid up members (thats only 25 euros a month by the way) have the opportunity to perform, write or direct a short pieces of their choosing (up to 15 minutes in length) in front of an audience. The date is Saturday December 18th at 7:30pm in the Teachers Club!

Invite your friend, family, foe or feline and wow them with your talents onstage. This will be follwed by our Chrimbo party where we once again pat each other on the back and say how great we are, just in time for Santy.

Sir Terry Pratchett visits on opening night!

Sir Terry Pratchett pops in on No Drama Theatres opening night!

We were treated to a surprise visit by Sir. Terry Pratchett himself just a few hours before we took to the stage for a sold out opening night at the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Sq., Dublin last Wednesday, November 3rd.

Sir Pratchett, having recently joined staff at Trinity College as an adjunct professor of English, was visiting Dublin and noticed the amateur production was coincidentally running this week. He requested a visit early last week which was kept secret from the cast until just before opening night!

Taking the time to meet each of the cast and crew members he joked about the various actors in the past who had played the roles of the characters he had created in his multi-million selling Discworld® novel series. I think we can say that everyone was suitable amazed by this gentleman and it will be a moment that many of us in No Drama Theatre will cherish!

CAST ANNOUNCED for The Wyrd Sisters (r)!

Congratulations to our wonderful cast who have been selected to act in our next production. They will be going into hiding for the next few weeks until the opening night on November 3rd. Say goodbye to your loved ones folks!

The cast includes a mixture of newbies, regulars and experienced workshoppers…. Maria Dillon, Ann Hogan, Ellen Hallinan, Dave Fleming, Cathal Whatsyoursurname, Rachel Byrne, Joe Kearney, Shane Robinson, Brendan Dalton, Carl Finnegan and Damien Holmes! Congrats to all!

Audition Time Again!

Next Production [ subject to license]

No Drama is delighted to call to auditions for it’s next production: Terry Pratchett’s ‘Wyrd Sisters’ [subject to license]. These will take place next Tuesday, August 24th at our usual home, Synge St Boys CBS, from 6pm – 10pm.

Everybody interested in auditioning and who is also a full member* of No Drama Theatre then email to book your audition, receive the audition sheets and all other Wyrd related information. Call backs will be on Wednesday, August 25th.

If you can’t make it Tuesday, there will be some audition slots available before or after Monday’s workshop (the 23rd) but you must let us know by Sunday evening if you need to avail of them.

Rehearsals start next Sunday, August 29th and will run 2-3 days a week (between weekdays and weekends) until the productions starts on November 3rd – 6th. Potential cast must be available for the entire rehearsal schedule.

Go on, be WYRD! Continue reading Audition Time Again!

Weekly workshops return!

No Drama Theatre’s weekly workshops are resuming after our summer ‘break’ this Monday and Tuesday at 7pm in Synge St Boy CBS. The first night for new members is, as always, free of charge. It is 10 euros a class after that, or monthly membership is a mere 25 euros… (!).

Our next production is going to be cast soon and you have to be a paid up monthly member to audition. We are also looking for backstage crew for this too.

It’s gonna be a good year my pretties!