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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 , 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!)


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

The Man From Earth Wraps

Our run of ” The Man from Earth” is over, the last pieces of the set have been removed from the theatre and there’s  very little left to do to close it out.

Thanks to everyone who participated  and especially to the audiences who made it a success!

We’re back to a normal workshop schedule from this Tuesday – do come along7.45 in Synge St. CBS.

Cast and Directorial team

Next Production: “Whose Life Is It Anyway?”

Whose Life Is It Anyway?
Whose Life Is It Anyway?




(By Brian Clark)

Dir: Neil Curran

Wednesday May 9th – Saturday May 12th

Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall, Dublin

No Drama Theatre will present ‘Whose Life Is It Anyway’, a play that explores the controversial issue of euthanasia, from May 9th – 12th at the Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall, Dublin 3.

Set in a hospital room, the action revolves around Ken Harrison, a sculptor by profession, who was paralysed from the neck down (quadriplegia) in a car accident and is determined to be allowed to die. Clark presents arguments both in favour of and opposing euthanasia and to what extent government should be allowed to interfere in the life of a private citizen. In portraying Ken as an intelligent man with a useless body, he leaves the audience with conflicting feelings about his desire to end his life.


In Ireland, it is illegal for a doctor (or anyone) to actively contribute to someone’s death. It is not, however, illegal to remove life support and other treatment (the “right to die”) should a person (or their next of kin) request it – in other words, passive euthanasia is legal.

Voluntary euthanasia is legal in a small number of countries in Europe, including Belgium and the Netherlands, where the process is physician-assisted. In Switzerland, assisted suicide is permitted and is the only country that will allow non-residents access to these services.


Ken Harrison – Kevin O’Flynn
Sister Anderson – Saskia Carroll
Nurse Sadler – Ellen Hallinan
Dr. Emerson – Brian Quinn
Dr. Claire Scott – Sophie Van Het Erve
John – Shane Robinson
Claire Boyle – Pearl O’Rourke
Philip Hill – Alan Rogers
Ms. P Kershaw – Sinead Dunphy
Dr. Travers – Cathal O’Donovan
Dr. Barr – Albin Lahore
Andrew Eden – Harry Walsh
Justice Millhouse – Ken Ryan


Tickets cost €12
01 850 9000

Resurrection Blues


Ressurection Blues
at 8PM
November 15th – 19th 2011
Teachers’ Club, Parnell Sq. Dublin 1

Will you believe HIM?

What will YOU do?

A prisoner who can walk through walls….
a dictator…
a daughter….
moral dilemmas….
the mob mentality….
an American TV crew….

Could this really be the second coming of Christ?
Could we really crucify again?

Ireland has first-hand experience of the dangers of blind belief, be it religious, political or economical
so Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues is strangely relevant in Ireland 2011.
No Drama Theatre follows it’s sell out performance of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy with this controversial
yet comical satirical production.

Have we learned anything in over 2,000 years?

What will YOU do?

No Drama Theatre presents
Arthur Miller’s

Resurrection Blues

Directed by Brian Quinn
November 15th – 19th 2011
Teachers’ Club, Parnell Sq. Dublin 1

Tickets €12 from
An amateur production.
By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Plays Ltd.

Ecstasy Casting Announcement

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s the moment you have all been waiting for.

We are thrilled to announce the cast of the next No Drama Theatre’s production , Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy adapted by Keith Wyatt.

Lloyd Patrick O’Callaghan

Heather -Tracey Diamond

Marie – Angela Carlin

Ally – Joe McCarty

Hugh – Ruairi DeBurca

Amber – Ellen Nolan

Hazel – Caoimhe Cooke

DJ – Declan Ryan

We wish them all the very breast of duck and extend our most gracious thanks to all those who took the time to audition!

(image by christian kadluba)

Catching up

Apologies for the lack of updates here folks, we’ve been incredibly busy trying to pick plays and hunting for directors and generally being so up to our eyeballs we’ve not been able to keep up.

We’ve got a couple of big announcements which have been posted elsewhere but we include here for completeness!

Next Production – Ecstasy by Irving Walsh (Adapted by Keith Wyatt)
After a very difficult review process the next production has been announced and audition notices sent out.

Ecstasy is an adaptation of a short story from the novel Ecstasy called the undefeated:
“The longest story, The Undefeated, presents slice-of-life episodes from the lives of two recreational drug users. Lloyd, an aging clubber, begins to question his life and considers the possibility of falling in love. Housewife Heather leaves her Dire Straits-loving suburban husband and starts a new life amongst the rave scene, where she meets Lloyd”
(Intandem attached to Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy).

The Director has also been chosen for Ecstasy, Dave McGowan who will be documenting his experiences on this blog. If you’re interesting in performing you can post a comment below and we’ll contact you with details.

expect a follow up post on how else you can get involved.
John Cremer Guest appearance at Laughalot!

LAUGHALOT IMPROV is honoured to be joined by improvisation legend JOHN CREMER (all the way from the UK) for one night only this Thursday March 10th.

Founder of Brighton’s multi-award winning comedy improv. group ‘The Maydays’ and Fellow of ‘The Professional Speakers Association’, John Cremer is not only renowned for performing and teaching comedy improvisation, he’s even published books on it!

No Drama went to TedFest

LAUGHALOT IMPROV. (No Drama Theatre’s Comedy Improv. Team) were invited to perform at this year’s Tedfest, the annual Father Ted festival held on the Aran Islands. This is the first year that the festival will feature improv. and in keeping with the spirit of the festival the group were be billed as “The Unscriptured”.

Neil Curran,Maria Dillon,Ruari DeBurca and Declan Ryan did NoDrama Proud as did Alan Rogers who while not technically performing became a minor celebrity as Fr. Darth Vader while on the island.

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Terry Pratchett’s® ‘Wyrd Sisters’

NoDrama presents Terry Pratchetts ® Wyrd Sisters
No Drama Theatre presents Terry Pratchett's ® Wyrd Sisters

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Tickets have now gone on sale for No Drama Theatre’s amateur production of

Terry Pratchett’s ®

Wyrd Sisters

3rd – 6th November, 7:30PM.

Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square West.

Adapted by Stephen Briggs.

Directed by Patrick O’Callaghan.

Asst. Director: Lisa Towell.

Allow us to escort you to a world beyond your wildest imagination……





Cover ups…..



Rustles in the forest……….


A funfair for Pratchett fans.

An awakening for newcomers.


ANN HOGAN as Granny Weatherwax


ELLEN HALLINAN as Magrat Garlick


DAVE FLEMING as Leonal Felmet

RACHEL BYNRE as Lady Felmet

DECLAN RYAN as Vitoller


JOE KEARNEY, as Tomjon




Tickets €15 (plus a tiny booking fee) available from

Come dressed as your favourite Discworld character to join us in the magic.

‘Terry Pratchett ’ and ‘Discworld’ are registered trademarks.

Electric Picnic Show ——— Back On!

Unfortunately ‘Love, Hate, Whatever’ will not be perfomed at Electric picnic as advertised.

We have had word this morning from the organisers that they have had to cut a number of acts from the Theatre tent for organisational reasons.

While this is sad news, rest assured that we will arrange a public performance of Love, Hate, Whatever in the near future as soon as we can arrange a venue. Watch this space.

Forget what we said, We’ve just recieved confirmation from Electric Picnic organisers to say the Show Will Go On!