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Summer Production Call

Step right up storytellers, producers & directors one and all.

Following on from our astounding success with ‘Harvey‘ in Smock Alley last December, we are returning to the Boy’s School in the third week of June 2016 for our next hit play. We are currently in the process of drawing up a shortlist of plays for consideration for the next production but first to have a show we need to enlist some key production personnel.

Would you like to create a piece of theatre in the most beautiful theatre in Dublin?
Then try out for Production Manager (see more details below)

Want to tell a story on one of Ireland’s most iconic stages?
Then maybe Director is for you.

Want to learn how to put together a cracking play?
Then sign up for Assistant Director.

If any of these roles take our fancy then just send an email to contact at nodramatheatre dot com and include ‘Summer production’ in your submission and send it by Midnight on Sunday 31st of January. Particularly for Director we would like you to include a few lines on what you would like to bring to the role and an outline of your past experience.

Now for the roles (Disclaimer! These short summaries below are just indicative and are not intended to outline a complete list of responsibilities)

Production Manager

As Production Manager, it’s your role to organise all the work that needs to be done and free your partner in crime (the Director) to focus on the creative stuff as much as possible – you organise people and put a plan together to match the Directors Vision.

You are in short, ‘The Boss’ when it comes to managing the day to day activities of the production.

Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting the crew and maintaining the crew roster
  • Preparing a budget for the play.
  • Ensuring that there are no ‘gaps’ in responsibilities.
  • Solving Problems!
  • If you’ve got good organisational skills and can get people motivated then you’re probably a great fit for this role.

    Don’t worry if you don’t know what needs to be done for a play.. We’ve got plenty of experience and reference material – If in doubt you’ve also got the producer (aka Johnny!)

    Director

    As the Director, you will choose the play itself from a shortlist selected by No Drama’s members. You will take those dry and dusty words and bring them to life! You are the creative force behind the production, you choose your cast to match your vision, you set the tone and are able to clarify what you want to see from the Set through to the Make-up. It’s entirely down to your own style as to how much or how little ‘Direction’ you actually give.

    Likely goes without saying but some responsibilities are:

  • Interpreting the script
  • Selecting an Assistant Director
  • Casting
  • Running rehearsals
  • There are a couple of additional criteria for director, we do require some experience here and we love to see that experience come from within No Drama, but all experience is considered.

    I’d like to see candidate directors submit a script or play that they’d like to see produced as part of their submission, This is to give me an idea of the kind of things you like and you might treat the pieces from the shortlist.

    Assistant Director

    The assistant director is a second set of eyes, ears for the director and their sole purpose is to help the Director execute their vision.. the role varies a lot and is really determined by the Directors own style. It might be a creative collaboration or simply a sounding board, to protect the Director from anything that might disrupt or to act as a coach to the actors.

    Typical responsibilities include

  • Assist in Casting
  • Maintain rehearsal notes
  • Schedule rehearsals/ rehearsal planning
  • The Assistant Director role is a must for those considering directing. In my opinion there’s no better way to learn than to watch someone else direct and learn form their successes and failures.The choice of AD is first and foremost the Directors, so if you apply please there may be a slight delay in responses as we confirm the director first.

    Ah Smock, wouldja just look at it.

    Smock Alley

    Gooseberry at Bray

    Our award-winning One Act “Gooseberry” is playing next month at the Bray One Act Festival.

    Written by Hugh Cardiff and directed by Nikhil Dubey, Gooseberry is a heartwarming comedy about 3 Roscommon farmers.

    It will play on Wednesday the 27th of January in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray. Tickets can be booked here.

    P.S. Our friends at At Large theatre are showing their One Act “The Meeting” the following day in the same festival. Worth checking out.

    Dibble Dabble

    Niamh, Julia, Sarah, Tom, Jan n Podge r mates in college. 2nd year. Student Gaffe. Own-Brand-Cornflaks-4-Dinner. They’r goin out all de time, tryin too study, hopin 4 sum action, not realy knowin who they r or were they’r goin. BUT, they’r friends. B.E.S.T. Friends. Its student night in they’r college n they’ve met @ Niamh’s for pre-lash b4 headin on to DeeDee’s, the only place 2b on a Tuesday nite, 4 de usual.

    “Dibble-Dabble” is the project of Jennifer Heffernan, Rebecca Lyons, Jane Tuohy,
    Keith Cooper, Kevin Henry, Hans Vennevertloo and Noel Cahill who are creating an original work from scratch based around the theme of friendship. This piece will be fresh, real, relatable and a lot of fun. The performance is scheduled for November 24th at 9.30pm in the main hall of C.B.S. School on Synge Street, please come along to support this project which is 100% No Drama and totally free.

    That’s right, 100% No Drama.

    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
  • Harvey!

    Everyone should have a best friend, someone they can spend their time with, someone they can tell their deepest darkest secrets to, someone who’ll always be there for them.

    For Elwood P Dowd that friend is Harvey, kind, helpful and always around to keep Elwood company, Harvey is the perfect friend … except for the fact that he is also a 6ft tall talking rabbit who happens to be invisible to everyone but Elwood.

    With a sister looking to have him locked up forever in an insane asylum and a niece out for his fortune, it’s up to Elwood to show the world that just because something doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t mean that it’s not real, in this classic tale of family, love and most importantly of all, friendship.

    Date: Dec 1st – 5th 2015
    Venue: Boy’s School, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
    Directed by Declan Ryan
    Assistant Director: Louise Dunne
    Production Manager: Adam Lowe
    Producer: Adam Walsh

    CAST:

    Greg Freegrove as Elwood P Dowd
    Su Hamilton as Veta Louise Simmons
    Kate Cosgrove as Myrtle Mae Simmons
    Dave McGowan as Dr Lyman Sanderson
    Sarah Moloney as Nurse Ruth Kelly
    Raymond Lynch as Dr William Chumley
    Paul McGrath as Duane Wilson
    Jonathan Shorthall as Judge Omar Gaffney
    Dorothy Godsil as Mrs Ethel Chauvenet
    Christina Krug as Betty Chumley
    Malcolm Bolton as EJ Lofgren

    Harvey Production Crew

    Our winter production is up and running and in the process of making it all pretty and cute. We are currently recruiting people to help out with the backstage side of things.

    Some of the areas we are looking for help are:

  • Set Design
  • Props
  • Publicity & PR
  • Stage hands
  • Lighting and Sound Design
  • Costumes
  • Hair & Make up
  • Front of House
  • As well as these we are looking for people who may not have a specific area in mind but are happy to volunteer for all or part of the production.

    Please let us know if you are interested drop us a line at contact@nodramatheatre.com

    Rehearsals have started. Production meetings have begun. And Adam Lowe would very much like to know where exactly the ‘wazoo’ is.

    The Cast of Harvey

    After many sleepless night by our casting panel, we are delighted to unveil the cast for our upcoming production of ‘Harvey‘ by Mary Chase

    Elwood P Dowd – Greg Freegrove
    Veta Louise Simmons – Su Hamilton
    Myrtle Mae Simmons – Kate Cosgrove
    Dr Lyman Sanderson – Dave McGowan
    Nurse Ruth Kelly – Sarah Moloney
    Dr William Chumley – Raymond Lynch
    Duane Wilson – Paul McGrath
    Judge Omar Gaffney – Johnny Shorthall
    Mrs Ethel Chauvenet – Dorothy Godsil
    Betty Chumley – Christina Krug
    EJ Lofgren – Malcolm Bolton

    Well done to all the cast and a big shout out to all those who auditioned and made the job that little bit harder.

    If people want to get involved in the play in other ways we have just begun or recruitment drive for backstage. If you are interested in getting involved drop us a line at contact at nodramatheatre dot com.

    AUDITION ALERT!

    Our next play will be “Harvey” by Mary Chase.

    “Harvey” is the tale of Elwood P. Dowd whose best friend happens to be a 7ft tall talking rabbit.

    The play is set on the East coast of America in the 1940’s-1950’s (accent not a major concern).

    Director – Declan Ryan
    Assistant Director – Louise Dunne
    Production Manager – Adam Lowe
    Venue – Boys School, Smock Alley
    Dates – First week of December (TBC)

    Auditions:
    30/08/15
    Synge Street School
    3.30pm – 6pm

    01/09/15
    Synge Street School
    7pm – 9:30pm

    Call Backs: 06/09/15

    Character Bio’s

    Male:

    Elwood P. Dowd: 30’s-40’s; Eccentric, Fiercely likeable alcoholic, whose best friend happens to be a 7 foot tall talking rabbit. Elwood has recently come in a fortune due to his beloved mother’s recent passing.

    Dr William Chumley: Middle Aged; Head Psychologist at Chumley’s Rest, an institute he created, arrogant and conceited he fully believes there is no problem he can’t solve.

    Dr Lyman Sanderson: 20’s; Brilliant, but naïve young doctor of psychology at Chumley’s Rest. He has been personally chosen by Dr Chumley to be a resident doctor in the institution.

    Duane Wilson: 20’s; Orderly at Chumley’s Rest, enjoys strong arming the patients at the hospital, maybe a bit too much.

    Judge Omar Gaffney: Middle Aged; legally represents the Dowd family’s efforts to have Elwood committed and take over his inheritance

    Female:

    Veta Louise Simmons: 30’s-40; Elwood’s older widowed sister, sees herself as a high flying figure in society, but comes across as being a bit too desperate, hopes to have Elwood committed in order to get his inheritance. Closest thing the play has to an antagonist.

    Myrtle Mae Simmons: 18-20; Veta’s bratty spoiled daughter, wants nothing but a rich husband and life of unearned luxury, she despises her Uncle Elwood and his best friend Harvey.

    Nurse Ruth Kelly: Competent member of Chumley’s Rest’s staff, has taken an interest in Dr Sanderson, but can have her head turned by another……

    Supporting Characters:

    Mrs Ethel Chauvenet: Elderly female, good friend with Elwood’s and Veta’s recently deceased mother – very well to do and ‘posh’.

    Betty Chumley: 30’s-40’s Female; Dr Chumley’s wife, kind and friendly to all she encounters she is quite taken with Elwood when she meets him.

    EJ Lofgren: a gruff but insightful taxi driver.

    Anyone interested in auditioning, please send an email (with your preferable date for audition) to the following email addresses
    contact@nodramatheatre.com or ryan.declan5@gmail.com.

    You will then receive an extract from the script to allow for audition preparation.

    Please state if there is any character you would really like to be considered for or any you don’t want to be considered for. If this is not stated, it will be left up to the director’s discretion.

    Directors Note:
    “Don’t be put off by my age descriptions, this really is my interpretation of the characters on the page – I fully expect this to be challenged and my mind blown with the sheer level of talent that exists in this group.”

    June 2015 Production

    Hi All,

    Dave here, I’m pleased to announce that we’ve got a shortlist of plays (see them at the bottom of the newsletter!) for Summer and that I’ll be the Producer for the upcoming play. “What does that mean?” I hear you ask, well, I’m glad you asked that question!

    Basically it’s now my task to pull together the key members of the production crew and then liaise with those brave souls on behalf of No Drama to make sure the production gets the attention it needs and keep the committee up to date as necessary.

    So without further ado, It would make my job a lot easier if you would put your name forward for one the following roles – Just send an email to contact@nodramatheatre.com , include ‘Summer production’ in your submission and send it by Wednesday 25th of February.

    p.s. Please note the short summaries below are just indicative and are not intended to outline a complete list of responsibilities

      Production Manager

    As Production Manager, it’s your role to organise all the work that needs to be done and free your partner in crime (the Director) to focus on the creative stuff as much as possible – you organise people and put a plan together to match the Directors Vision.

    You are in short, ‘The Boss’ when it comes to managing the day to day activities of the production.

    Some of the responsibilities include:
    – Recruiting the crew and maintaining the crew roster
    – Preparing a budget for the play.
    – Ensuring that there are no ‘gaps’ in responsibilities.
    – Solving Problems!

    If you’ve got good organisational skills and can get people motivated then you’re probably a great fit for this role.

    Don’t worry if you don’t know what needs to be done for a play.. We’ve got plenty of experience and reference material – If in doubt you’ve also got the producer (aka me!)

      Director

    As the Director, you will choose the play itself from a shortlist selected by No Drama’s members. You will take those dry and dusty words and bring them to life! You are the creative force behind the production, you choose your cast to match your vision, you set the tone and are able to clarify what you want to see from the Set through to the Make-up. It’s entirely down to your own style as to how much or how little ‘Direction’ you actually give.

    likely goes without saying but some responsibilities are:
    – Interpreting the script
    – Selecting an Assistant Director
    – Casting
    – Running rehearsals

    There are a couple of additional criteria for director, we do require some experience here and we love to see that experience come from within No Drama, but all experience is considered.

    I’d like to see candidate directors submit a script or play that they’d like to see produced as part of their submission, This is to give me an idea of the kind of things you like and you might treat the pieces from the shortlist.

      Assistant Director

    The assistant director is a second set of eyes, ears for the director and their sole purpose is to help the Director execute their vision.. the role varies a lot and is really determined by the Directors own style. It might be a creative collaboration or simply a sounding board, to protect the Director from anything that might disrupt or to act as a coach to the actors.

    Typical responsibilities include
    – Assist in Casting
    – Maintain rehearsal notes
    – schedule rehearsals/ rehearsal planning.

    The Assistant Director role is a must for those considering directing. In my opinion there’s no better way to learn than to watch someone else direct and learn form their successes and failures.The choice of AD is first and foremost the Directors, so if you apply please there may be a slight delay in responses as we confirm the director first.

      The Plays

    The shortlist for the Summer 2015 production is:

    ‘The Power of Darkness’ by John McGahern

    ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ by Annie Baker

    ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ by Agatha Christie

    ‘Blithe Spirit’ by Noël Coward

    Caveat – we’re still awaiting rights confirmation on some of these