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Experiment Promo!

“We dont know anything, but its out there its within our grasp”

We are proud to present the beautiful promo for “An Experiment with an Air-Pump” (many thanks as always to Alan Rogers).

No Drama’s production of “An Experiment with an Air-Pump” (written by Shelagh Stephenson, directed by Louise Dunne) is an event not to be missed.

The show opens next Tuesday (4th July to 8th July) and all of the hard work and dedication of the cast and production team will reach its climax.

Ambition, relationships, desire, science, nature, being human… This play has it all.

We at No Drama Theatre are so proud of this piece and words cannot describe how excited we are to invite you to witness magic the Smock Alley Theatre’s main stage.

Tickets are available from – Smock Alley


Crew Call

Its summer production time down here at Synge Street. Director Louise Dunne is set to take to a main production where no main production has gone before: Smock Alley Theatre’s Main Stage! The play will run from the 4th to the 8th of July but if it is going to do so, it will require your help.

We need people to help out in a number of key positions both in management and backstage. If you don’t have experience in a position that you are interested in then we are always happy to provide training. If you have ever worked backstage you know how fun and rewarding it can be to help put on a show and this promises to be quite the show! In particular, we are looking for Prop Master as a matter of priority, which involves assisting with the sourcing of props and taking charge of them during the performance.

If you wish to get stuck in or think you might be able to help out in promoting the play then please contact Louise at loudunne at

Tickets for said production are available here!

Gorgeous June

Our all to beautiful cousins over in Gorgeous Theatre are taking their first production out for a spin this June, all the ravishing details below:

In June. Alice and Bobby are going on their summer holidays.
Time to check out. Time to check in.
Alice and Bobby are going on their summer holidays in June.
It’s a dream come true. Fun and laughter for a week or two.
Alice and Bobby are going on their summer holidays, and June is coming too.

Physical and Absurd Theatre.

Devised by Ciaran Treanor, Daniel O’Brien, Emma Brennan, Helen McGrath and Noel Cahill
Directed by Ciaran Treanor.

Cast Announcement!

No Drama’s production of ‘And Then There Were None’ will be gracing the Boys School stage in Smock Alley from the 24th until the 28th January 2017 for 6 performances.

And we are delighted to finally be able to announce our wonderful cast.

Back (left – right) – Adam Walsh (Sir Lawrence Wargrave), Declan Ryan (William Blore), Michael O’Kelly (Dr. Armstrong), Peter Blennerhassett (Philip Lombard), Noel Cahill (Rogers), Robert Shaw-Smith (General Mackenzie)
Middle (left – right) – Ciaran Treanor (Anthony Marston), Szabi Ferenczi (Narracott)
Front (left – right) – Kate Cosgrave (Vera Claythorne), Renée Van de Schoor (Director), Louise Dunne (Emily Brent), Triona Keane (Mrs Rogers)

Our Next Director

Announcement time!!

The Director of the next No Drama production has been selected.
The unbelievably talented Renée Van De Schoor will be stepping up to the directorial plate with Siobhan Hickey as Assistant Director.

Details on the play selected and audition information to follow in the coming weeks.

Get excited, people! It’s all go from here.

AGM 12th of July

No Drama will hold its Annual General Meeting this Tuesday 12th of July in Synge Street CBS at 7pm.

This is a great opportunity for our members to have a say in how we go about the things we do, to find out what happens behind the scenes and also air any issues or ask the Committee any questions (eg. What’s with all the fancy crowns and sceptres?!?).

The AGM will be our last event before we take a break for the summer. Workshops will start up again in mid-August.

Also very importantly there will be NO WORKSHOP on that Tuesday!


The Shindig will take place on the 9th of July and here’s the low-down:

The Shindig is the No Drama bi-annual showcase night where several short plays are chosen, directed, acted, and many written by all you wonderfully talented people.

Registration Opening: NOW! (Go! Go! Go!)
Registration Closing: Sunday 29th May

To take part, the director of the piece must email with the following:

  • Name of Piece
  • Writer’s name
  • Number of performers
  • Director’s contact details
  • Length of piece
  • Draft script of the piece
  • The sad news is that due to the demand for spots in the Shindig, the above detail must be included in order to be considered. Depending upon demand for the places in the shindig not all pieces might be accepted.

    It’s a great chance to try something new or different, or take on a different role, so here’s plenty of notice to start thinking about what you might like to do.

    The T&C’s (That’s T&C, not G&T)

  • All performers and directors must be paid-up active No Drama Theatre members in December
  • Participants are permitted to act or direct or both but cannot be involved in more than 2 pieces. Writing does not impact this requirement, therefore you can write as many pieces as you want!
  • The director is the main point of contact and is expected to liaise and coordinate with their team and committee as required.
  • The maximum permitted length of a Shindig piece is strictly 15 minutes or less.
  • If your piece is a copyright work, it is the director’s responsibility to secure performing rights. Performance rights can be secured via the Drama League of Ireland for most works.
  • Each piece is responsible for their own costumes, props and sets. All pieces are advised to keep their set, lighting and sound requirements to a minimum to facilitate a speedy change between performances.
  • Failure to adhere to any of the deadlines set out above or any instructions set out by the committee will result in your piece being removed from the show list.
  • All pieces and casts must be available on the date for the Rehearsal Review.
  • The selection process will be curated. We expect to have an average of 8 performances depending on timings.
  • If you are interested in performing or directing but unsure how to get involved, please let yourself be known at a workshop or post a message on our facebook page for other members to see!

    The committee will support you along the way; don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice!

    The Shindig is not a variety show, performance pieces only please!

    Gooseberry Rules

    Massive congratulations to the director Nikhil Dubey and cast of ‘Gooseberry’ – Dan McCormack, Declan Ryan and Paul McGrath – who placed first in the Ballina One Act Drama Festival. Special thanks to techie Keith Cooper & writer Hugh Cardiff!

    Say what?

    Directed by the lovely Nikhil Dubey, ‘Gooseberry’ after it’s storming performance at this year’s summer Shindig is being taken to stages around Ireland as part of the the One Act Circuit.

    What’s the craic with it?

    Three farmers in a small town, Ireland, are life-long mates and go to Bernie’s pub every Friday. But when two of them fall for each other, the third has to come to terms with what his future holds.

    Deadly buzz! Where and when can I see it?

  • Ballina: Ballina Arts Centre on 7th November
  • Letterkenny: An Grianán Theatre on 13th November
  • Ballymahon: Bog Lane Theatre on 14th November
  • Goresbridge: Ionad Dara Theatre on 19th November