The track you broke your heart to……
Heart Shaped Vinyl by John Morton plays its way through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s posing the question:
Do our lives direct these soundtracks….or do these soundtracks direct our lives???
Find out by meeting in The Rose Garden of Body & Soul Festival at 2PM on both Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June.
Wearing the DIRECTOR’s wellies is BRIAN QUINN
Here are some other reasons to look forward to Body & Soul Festival:
Dancing under the Stars.
Sparkling Conversations in the Hot Tub.
Marshmallows on a Bonfire.
Violins in the Rose Garden.
Disco Yurts til Dawn.
Funky Parties in the Woods.
Tea Cups at Breakfast.
To those who have already registered their interest in taking part in June’s Shindig, we have extended the date by which you must have your cast, director and drama piece chosen by to midnight on Tuesday 24th (this Tuesday). This gives participants one last workshop in which to make friends and tie their team together. This is a very strict deadline and the director of each piece must email Brian at:email@example.com with all relevant info to secure his/her group’s spot. In the interest of fairness everyone registered to take part must be cast first and only after this may any late arrivals be cast. N.B. make sure that all cast members have registered for the shin-dig, closing date was Midnight 8th May (i.e. refer to the list of registered members for the shin-dig)
Ecstasy, Three Tales of a Chemical Romance is Irvine Welsh’s most high profile work since Trainspotting. Released in the wave of publicity surrounding the film, it consists of three unconnected novellas. Adapted by Kevin Wyatt and directed by David McGowan, No Drama Theatre brings the third chapter, The Undefeated to the stage in the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square from the 17th to the 21st of May.
Resonant of many of Welsh’s other works, the story is set in Edinburgh against the backdrop of the early 90’s rave scene. It can be described as a sly, subtle romance between Heather, a young woman dissatisfied with the confines of her suburban life and Lloyd an aging club goer.
Edinburgh born Welsh is an acclaimed and often controversial contemporary novelist, best known for his novels Trainspotting and The Acid House. His work is often characterised by raw Scottish dialogue and a brutal depiction of the realities of Edinburgh life. To date, Welsh has published seven novels and three collections of short stories as well as writing and directing several screenplays. Shooting for a film version of Welsh’s Ecstasy, Three Tales of a Chemical Romance has also begun and it is due for release later this year.
Warning: Strobe Lighting used.
Patrick O’Callaghan – Lloyd
Tracey Diamond – Heather
Ruairi De Burca – Hugh, Woodsy, Nukes, Mr. Moir, Eric, Restaurateur
Angela Carlin – Marie, Moll, Veronica
Joe McCarthy – Ally, Drewsy, Vaughan, Mr. Case, Bill, Reverend
Brian, Robert, Mrs. McKensie
Caoimhe Cooke – Hazel
Ellen Nolan – Amber, Victim, Polis
Declan Ryan as The D.J.
Director – Dave McGowan
Assistant Director – David Fleming
Producer – Maria Dillon
Production Manager – Alan Rogers
Stage Manager – Rhiannon Dawson
Technical Director – Sheila Dooley
Set Designer – Tom Murphy
Props Coordinator – Maureen Burgess
Costume – Lynn Harnedy and Alan Rogers
Hair & Make-Up Coordinator – Ann Hogan
Hair & Make-Up Crew – Maria Dillon, Nicole Meehan, Sarah Maloney
Sound Designer – Christine Leonard
Lighting Designer – Shane Robinson
Lighting Assistant – Paula Madden
Graphic Designer – Gráinne O’Sullivan
House Manager – Brendan Dalton
Front of House – Rachel Byrne, Ellen Hallinan
Box Office – Alan Rogers
Stage Hands – Yvonne Durran, Sarah Bowie, Damien Holmes
Publicity Laura Jackson
Special thanks to Brian Quinn
Wednesday 13th at 4 Dame Lane No Drama Theatre are hosting a table quiz to fundraise for our next production Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy.
It’s mostly a quiz on film and tv but there will be some General Knowledge and regular rounds too.
We’ll have many raffle prizes.
We’ll also be trying a few new things at this one to make it a little different.
It’s €10 euro per person and you can either get yourself a team together (4 or 5 max please) or come along yourself and we’ll put you with a team.
Here’s the Facebook link.
To the people who signed up for this, our dearest tutor is poorly and unable to start the course tonight. apologies for any inconvenience. However, for those of you who thought you missed the boat on this super course, well you have one more week to drop anchor and email Sheila at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and a course schedule.
SPEECH & DRAMA SKILLS FOUNDATION COURSE
Fancy a challenge?
Want to push yourself that extra half inch in theatre?
……then Darragh Beirne’s Speech & Drama Skills Foundation Course is just what you’re looking for…….
The Speech & Drama Skills Foundation Course is carried out in a fixed group workshop environment with the overall objective of equipping members with an increased knowledge and understanding of theatre skills, both practical and physical, while encouraging exploration & imagination.
The course includes an introduction to Stagecraft & Acting Methods. It will run at a high pace and will require full attendance to all classes, as well as focus & participation from the start. This course is suited towards those who are looking to improve on their current skill sets achieved through regular workshop attendance, rather than those looking for confidence on stage and new to drama.
All participants will be assessed on completion of the course. It is envisaged participants will have achieved a higher understanding of theatre and stage theory and practice through a structured methodology equipping them with skills to further their hobby or career paths” (Darragh Beirne).
Booking must be made in advance by Sunday April 10th to email@example.com as the course will not take place if numbers are too low. Members can not join after the due date if the course goes ahead.
Payment can be made to Sheila on or before the first workshop. The cost is €50 for the 10 week course on top of membership. Please note that this is an extremely low cost for a course of this quality. The course takes place from April 11th to July 4th. Workshops will not run on bank holidays or over Easter. One workshop will take place on a Saturday afternoon. Date to be confirmed.
The course is run by Darragh Beirne. Darragh is a past member of No Drama Theatre and holds Level 3 Graded Examination in Speech & Drama with RIAM & LCM, DipLCM, ALCM in performance and teaching
For the latest news on our upcoming production, check out Dave McGowan’s Director’s Blog, where Dave is documenting the thoughts behind some of his decisions and the details of what is involved with planning and directing a production at:
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.