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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

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/

Monologue Night – Storybook Edition, 27/05/2019

May is here, and that may mean only one thing! No Drama’s next monologue night is near.

The theme of the evening is the Storybook, in honor and aid of No Drama’s upcoming production of Kate Crackernuts. So, gather round, friends, and prepare to let yourselves be transported into worlds crafted by the teller.

A night of monologues and tales awaits:
Horror stories, love stories, despicable individuals, epics, fairytales, fables, passages, films that should have been books, rip-offs, poems, spoken book reports* and more.

All monologuers and storytellers welcome. If you’re interested in performing (which we highly recommend!), please contact the event via Facebook messenger or email contact@nodramatheatre.com

Both published and original works accepted.

*Okay, we can’t promise that’s a real thing

Monday 27th May | 7 pm | Flannery’s on Camden Street, the Vintage bar | €5 entry

Workshop – 09/04/2019

Continuing on from last’s week’s work on character development, Siobhan “Shivvy” Hickey will be facilitating this week’s workshop.

Siobhan’s workshop will be focus on getting you from blank canvas to fully formed character through a series of thought provoking exercises.

“I’m very excited for this workshop! Get ready to go big… And then even bigger. My theory is that it’s easier to pare back than it is to build up so get ready to have some fun!”

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’.

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 – 02/04/2014

It’s Saturday so definitely time to be making your Tuesday evening plans!

This month we will be focusing on character work and we are delighted to welcome Shane Robinson as our first facilitator of the month.

Shane’s workshop will be “The psychology of performance and how we can use the technique of ownership to build a relationship with our characters.”

Shane is an award winning professional actor and director whose 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. He’s been on TV shows such as Jack Taylor and Vikings and has recently just finished filming the mockumentary series Boyz on Top produced by fail safe films.

In short, he’s a good lad and he can cry on cue!

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

The Easter Shindig!

Shindig Shindig Shindig!


It’s Shindig time!!


Ok so the Shindig is where No Drama members get to showcase their writing, directing and acting skills in the intimate surrounds of the Pearse Centre for one night only… the 13th April… A Saturday… because we all love a good theatrical Saturday.


If you have a piece of writing, please submit to contact@nodramatheatre.com this week.


If you are interested in directing one of the pieces please put your hand up by emailing contact@nodramathetare.com.
And if you would like to act in one of the pieces let us know asap that you are interested by… you guessed it… emailing contact@nodramatheate.com.


Thanks everyone, looking forward to hearing from you all.
– No Drama Shindig Team


Monologue night – 25th March 2019

Hope springs eternal

Ah, the spring. A time of birth and new beginnings. A time the sun starts to March on and brings us a grand old stretch in the evenings. The fear we have already failed our New Year’s Resolutions banished. A time of blossoming hope. A time of:

+ No Drama Monologue Night +

Join us with our fabulous host Noely Michael murphy upstairs of the Bison Bar where we’ll be spring cleaning our minds with a dash of hope.

Pure hopes, selfless hopes, wicked hopes, selfish hopes, just-might-happen-hopes and terribly-unlikely-but-sure-look-hopes, we’ve got room for them all, folks.
We’re all coiled up and ready to go!

If you are interested in participating (which we highly recommend!), there are still a limited number of slots available.
Please contact the event via Facebook messenger or email contact@nodramatheatre.com for enquiries

Monday 25th March | 7 pm | Upstairs in Bison Bar, Wellington Quay | €5.00

Monologue Night – 14 January

Love and Sacrifice monologues

Happy New Year to each and every one!

No Drama Theatre is proud to kick off our 2019 events with- you guessed it- the return of our monologue nights! And do we have a special treat for you with this one.

Join us with our fabulous host Noely Michael Murphy upstairs of the Bison Bar and let yourself be moved by actors baring hearts and minds, speaking on love and sacrifice; romance and pain; heart swells and heartaches, all in support of our upcoming production The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

This one promises to be visceral, tissues are on the house.

If you are interested in participating (which we highly recommend!), there are still a limited number of slots available.
Please contact the event via Facebook messenger or email contact@nodramatheatre.com for enquiries

Monday 14th January | 7 pm | Upstairs in Bison Bar, Wellington Quay | €5.00

*All proceeds go towards funding our production of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Running January 22nd to 26th at Smock Alley Theatre