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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

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/

FUNDRAISER – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

No Drama Theatre excitedly invite you to our…

TABLE QUIZ FUNDRAISER
emphasis on the fun

In support of our upcoming production “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance”

Come and compete for the chance to test your noggins and win fabulous prizes and great glory! There’ll also be a raffle on the night, a special sneak peak treat of the promo artwork and bants galore.

Entry €5 | Doors at 19:30 | Event click here

 

THEATRE OUTINGS

November Theatre outing Time Whoop Whoop!! This month we will be going to see ‘ Woman Undone’ by The Broken talkers in The Project Arts Centre next Wednesday 21st Nov @ 7.30pm.

If you have seen the Brokentalkers work before you will understand our excitement for this theatre outing, as they are incredible, mind blowing stuff. If you haven’t yet, please put your name in the hat to be selected.

Our fantastic events manager MS Kate Cosgrave has secured 10 tickets for the show at the hugely discounted price of 16 euro each.

If you’re interested, please email loudunne@gmail.com. Who will pull names out of a hat on Friday and get in touch with everyone.

No Drama Monologue Night: Famous Last Words

Our next Monologue Night will take place on Monday 12th November. In our new location… upstairs in Bison Bar on 11 Wellington Quay! This Shindig is themed: Famous Last Words.

If you want to participate (which we highly encourage) please contact Ms. Monologue herself, Lesley-Ann Reilly at Lesley127ann@gmail.com. If you’d like to participate, but you don’t have a monologue, do not hesitate to contact us at contact@nodramatheatre.com and we will help you to find a monologue of your choosing.

On Sunday 11th of November, we have organized a rehearsal space and coaching, from Chairperson Louise Dunne and Monologue Veteran Noel Murphy, for you to avail of, to get final direction on your monologue.

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.

Monday 12th November | 7 pm | Upstairs in Bison Bar | Wellington Quay | €5.00

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.

 

 

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 Lesley127ann@Gmail.com, 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

NERD QUIZ – She Kills Monsters Fundraiser

You can feel it in the air… Come one, come all and test your wits and geek credentials in the crucible of pint based competition!

In aid of our upcoming production of “She Kills Monster”, performed on Smock Alley Theatre’s Main Space from 3rd – 7th July, we will be hosting a nerd based table quiz next Thursday in Oscars.

A 10 round quiz, based on sci-fi, fantasy and all things geek across every platform! Max. four people to a table, so choose your team wisely.

In addition, we will have some amazing prizes in our raffle! With 2 euro a ticket or 3 for a fiver, we see greatness in your future.

Thursday 21st June | Oscars | 16-18 Fishamble Street (around the corner from Smock Alley Theatre) | €5.00 | Facebook event here

 

 

SHE KILLS MONSTERS

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

Cast:
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 | Tickets here

Fundraiser: Dungeons and Dragons Live.

“Deep in the Underdark, that vast subterranean maze beneath the world, lies the shadowed city known as Skullport. A den to an array of thieves and creatures shunned by the world above and a nesting place of treachery and subterfuge. A gathering of powerful individuals is happening within the city walls and a group of foolhardy adventurers are inviting themselves to the event for their own secret purpose…”

You are invited to a live audience game of Dungeons and Dragons Fundraiser; no prior knowledge of the game is required and indeed this event may serve as a unique way to experience the world’s most popular Role-playing game. In this live session, your wildest imaginations will be brought to life, a new take on improve that will inspire your inside nerd. DM Wayne O’Connor will challenge the party and guide them through what is promising to be a very entertaining show.

In a twist to the traditional game of Dungeons and Dragons, this event will include lots of fun audience participation moments too so prepare to be immersed in the adventure just as much as the party on stage!

And there’s only one-way to find out who’s joining this party…

Tuesday the 29th of May | Grand Social | 8.30pm | €5.00