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No Drama Presents “The Shindig!”

Our biannual showcase theatre event The Shindig! is brought to you this Saturday 12th of December in the majestic confines of the Pearse Centre. The Shindig! features plays performed, directed and (some) written by the members of No Drama Theatre.

Tell your friends about it but remember there are only about 60 seats. It’s a first come first served basis so get there early.
Tickets are €5 and available at the door.

Doors 6:30pm!
Performance starts 7pm sharp.

The Shindig! features (in no particular order):

“Hanging Fire” directed by John O’Rourke
“From Merso to Blue” directed by Noel Cahill
“You Will Wait!” directed by Daniel O’Brien
“Strong Connection” directed by Aaron Fever
“A Dark & Stormy Christmas” directed by Cathal O’Donovan
“Andrew Ryan” directed by Malcolm Bolton
“Vagina Monologues” directed by Siobhan Hickey

Shindig! Registration Open

It’s that special time of year again folks, where we let you make the show.

The Shindig is back and perfectly timed to give you that lift before Christmas. We will be performing once again in the impressive confines of the Pearse Centre on December 12th.

For those of you unfamiliar with the shindig, it’s our bi-annual showcase night. A night of several short plays chosen, directed, acted, and many written by all you lovely, lovely people. We provide the venue and you do the rest! It’s a great chance to try something new or different, or take on a different role, so now’s the time to start thinking about what you might like to do.

The deadline for submissions for The Shindig will be Friday 30th October. If you have any questions about the shindig or if you are interested in putting on a scene at the Shindig, email Cathal at

Here are the dates for your diary:

Registration Opens: Tuesday 20th October

Registration Closes: Friday 30th October

To register, 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
  • 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.

    Once you are registered and confirmed the following dates are of note:

    Rehearsal Review: Saturday 28th November or Sunday 6th of December

    Showtime!: Saturday 12th December at 6:30pm

    Support will be provided throughout the rehearsal process where required.

    Now the T&C’s!

  • 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 Shindig is not a talent show, performance pieces only please!
  • The committee will support you along the way; don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice!
  • The Shindig is Here

    No Drama Theatre is proud to present our favourite show of the year, The Shindig!

    Join us for a great evening of theatre as some of No Drama’s finest gather in The Pearse Centre to give you the best selection of short plays in town! We’ve got 7 fantastic pieces for you:

    “Rageroo” directed Noel Cahill
    “Gooseberry” directed by Nikhil Dubey
    “The Nursing Guide” directed by Dee O Shea
    “Vengeance” directed by Chris O’Regan
    “Alone” directed by Sarah Lynne
    “Pretty Far Back” directed by Daniel O’Brien
    “Vincent & Neil” directed by Robert Byrne

    Doors open: 19:30
    Start: 20:00
    Admission: €5 (payable at the door)

    Come see the show and hang around for our spectacular after party!

    Summer Shindig 2015

    Theatre Lovett

    Couple of announcements to kick off the final month of this term with a bang!

    UPDATE: The Playground Showcase has been postponed until January.

    A picture speaks a thousand words so..

    December Agender

    That’s right a Jam Packed few days of No Drama
    14th is the Shindig,
    15th is the Playground performance, POSTPONED until January.
    16th is a special workshop. Louis from the fabulous will be running a workshop for us entitled “Playing for your audience”
    their blurb below
    Playing for your audience

    This workshop will run from 7pm sharp through to 10pm and places are limited. If you are interested in taking part (and know you can make it) send an email with the subject ‘Lovett workshop’ to

    For all those who don’t make the Lovett workshop, don’t worry, there will be a second workshop running in parallel.


    Summer Shindig 2012

    The Return of the No Drama Shindig – June 2012!!

    It’s time for the Summer edition of the Shindig again. In Previous shindigs we have seen Comedy, Drama, Horror, Romance, tragedy, heroes, Super-heroes, Villains, exotic locations, monologues, dialogues, ghosts, devils, dancers and clowns. What will you bring to it this year?

    For those who have been missing out to date (shame on you!), the Shindig is no drama’s showcase night where our members direct, rehearse, costume design, makeup design together their own short pieces (approx 15 min each) , these pieces can be almost anything and as the above teaser text might indicate, the potential is limitless.

    We’re immensely proud of the Shindig and the opportunity it affords our members, it is always a great night.

    In a grand tradition of upping our production values every year, we are holding the next Shindig in a brand new venue on Saturday 30th June in the Pearse Centre!

    Submissions date is by 31st May @ 4pm and open to members only so start getting your acts together, see the next no drama e-zine for full details and requirements.

    image courtesy of xkcd

    Shindig Congratulations

    Congratulations to all our shindig performers, Directors,Writers and organizers for making it a great night!

    * Only Visiting
    Dir: Shane Robinson
    Cast: Justyna Koss, Sophia Isabella

    Only Visiting
    Only Visiting

    * The Storm
    Director: Jonathan Shortall
    Writer:Christopher O’Regan
    Cast: Keith Cooper, Sorcha Hennessy

    The Storm
    The Storm

    * I’ll Never Tell
    Director: Declan Ryan
    Cast: Ruairi De Burca, Cathal O’Donovan, Stephen Ryan,David Ryan

    Ill Never Tell
    I'll Never Tell

    * Pvt. Wars
    Director: Brian Quinn
    Cast: Brian Quinn, Dave McGowan

    Pvt. Wars
    Pvt. Wars

    * The Bottle
    Director: Neil Curran
    cast: Neil Curran

    The Bottle
    The Bottle

    * Inside It Feels The Same
    Dir: Shane Robinson
    Cast: Saskia Carrol, Erin Hug

    Inside it feels the same
    Inside it feels the same

    * The Wedding Story
    Dir: Keith Cooper
    Cast: Lina Jalala, Keith Cooper, Ellen Hallinan

    The Wedding Story
    The Wedding Story

    * Avengers Assemble
    Director: Brendan Dalton
    Writer : Erin Hug
    Cast: Joe McCarthy,Sarah Jane Murphy, Damien Holmes

    Avengers Assemble!
    Avengers Assemble!

    * Medium Sized Trouble In Little Big Land
    Director: Stephen Ryan
    Writer: Stephen Ryan
    Cast: Declan Ryan, Maria Dillon, Erin Hug, Cathal O’Donovan

    Medium Sized Trouble in Little Big Land
    Medium Sized Trouble in Little Big Land

    Christmas Shindig 2011

    Resurrection Blues has completed a very successful run in the Theatre@36.

    But no time to rest on our laurels, time is fast approaching for our second Shindig of the year.
    Thanks all for your submissions!

    Shindig Vintage Poster
    The Christmas Shindig is now all booked up, we’ve got a bumper crop of 10 acts lined up!
    Keep an eye out for details of the acts performing in the next E-zine.

    We’ll also have the Gift exchange for the No Drama Chris Kindle( or Secret Santa or Kris Kringle depending on where you call home!) kindly organised by Damien Holmes, if you are not in there’s still time for you to join just follow the link !

    If you are Directing in the Shindig, the next step is to make sure you attend the Directing workshop which will be announced shortly (If not already!)

    The Show is on December 3rd in the Hall in the Teachers club. Opening times to follow.

    Shindig Shindiggery!

    We are delighted to announce the date of our second Shindig of 2010, on Saturday December 18th at 7:30pm! As always the Shindig is a showcase night, where members have the opportunity to perform short pieces for their choosing of up to 15 minutes in length in front of an audience. So if you have a script you have written or you would like to try to direct something or you just want a chance to perform on stage, then now is the time to get your act together! (excuse the pun!)

    We encourage members to have a chat to your fellow ‘Dramites’ and work together on a putting something together, be it established or original. If you are unsure of what to do, please approach any of us on the committee and we may be able to recommend a suitable piece.

    The closing date to register to take part is 1pm on Friday 12th November but we ask that you register earlier if possible. Please email If you are performing a piece with other people then there is no need to register individually, one registration is fine. When registering you need to include the following:

  • Your name (duh!)
  • Contact number
  • Name of piece and whether it is an original piece.
  • Author’s name
  • Other performers (where relevant)
  • Director (if known or put your own name in if you want to try directing yourself)
  • Duration
  • Please include a copy of the script where the piece is an original work.
    Each group will be assigned a mentor to assist them with rehearsals etc.

    We do have a few rules and guidelines to be aware of for the Shindig:

  • Shindig performers must be members of No Drama
  • Performers/groups are responsible for securing any performance rights relevant for their chosen pieces. We can assist where possible
  • Pieces must be no longer than 15 minutes
  • Remember to keep your set requirements to a minimum!
  • It’s a date for your diary folks, the Shindig will also be the night of our Christmas party!

    image from Seattle MunicipalArchives

    Shindig Performance

    This weekend we’re putting on a little thing we like to call the Shindig, our little showcase of the talent that can be found in no drama. It’s an opportunity for folks to put on a show for members friends and family.

    The final touches are now being put in place. And we’re proud to announce the acts you will be seeing (in no particular order)

    Cha Cha Cha – Dearbhla Lawlor , Joseph Kearney

    He who gets slapped – Shane Robinson, Harry Walsh, Noel Murphy

    The Sleeper in the ruins – Dan Scanlon, Neil Curran, Dave McGowan

    The Moves – Laura McGovern

    2 Gays and a Stray– Joe Kearney, Nigel Connor, Sean Markey