Clowning and Bank Holiday Update.

May Day!, May Day!

Another quick update to let you all know there is no nodrama workshop on this coming Monday 3rd of May as it is a bank holiday.

Also Jamie Carswell’s Clowning Workshop has been rescheduled to Saturday 29th of May, put it in your calendars folks!

Places are still available for the above, no drama members can book their place by paying the discounted rate of 15€ at any of the upcoming workshops. Anyone else interested in booking a place should e-mail contact@nodramatheatre.com to arrange a booking at the standard rate of 30€.

Clowning Workshop

Announcing our next specialised workshop. Clowning with Jamie Carswell on 22nd of May, Jamie is returning following last years very interesting workshop.

Jamie is a man very passionate and knowledgeable about his craft, as you can see from this interview with boards.ie‘s Darragh Doyle

Bookings for the workshop can be made via contact@nodramatheatre.com

anyone can book for 30€ , members of nodrama get a discounted rate.

Combat Workshop on this Saturday

This specialised workshop is taking place on Saturday April 10th from 11 – 5pm.

The cost is 20 euros for monthly paid up members and 30 for non-members.
The contents are:
Morning- this will focus on pure techniques and revisit quickly the slaps, punches and hair/ear pulling and move to the kicks and in distance punch head butt, head smashin, hip throws and fall etc. from the previous workshop. This is also to update those who were not at that workshop.

Lunchtime = around 1pm.

Afternoon – Scene adaption – either a scene or improv working in the techniques and the group will then put together a choreography.

Prebooking essential so please email before Thursday if you are up for it.

Next ‘Shindig’ Performance night.

shin·dig (shndg)
n.
1. A festive party, often with dancing.
2. An platform for drama members to demonstrate their talents and put on a show of their own making. Composed of several 10-15 minute performances. Almost certainly without any dancing.

We might need to work on the name but the date for this terms multi-piece event have been decided.
and it is : 8th of May 2010.

For those of you not familiar here is how it works.
1. You find a group of no drama members to collaborate with or go solo if you so choose.

2. Decide what you want to do. It can be tragedy,comedy,horror,romance or whatever just as long as it is drama (no variety acts please!) , you can write a piece, you can direct, you can act, it doesn’t even have to be complete. If you think you have one great scene put it together and show everyone.

3. Put together a proposal and send it to us (contact@nodramatheatre.com)

4. If the piece is suitable we’ll assign you a mentor to help put things together and you can start work!

If you do not have an idea ready but would still like to participate let us know. We can provide scripts if you would like something pre-prepared (or have a look for ten minute scripts on the net, there are many public domain works out there). We will also help people find a group to work with.

Tickets: Ticket sales will not be directly available to the public (subject to change, depending on venue size) , each performing group will get an allocation of tickets to sell as they please. Ticket prices TBD.

Eligibility: Unfortunately those who are rehearsing for June’s production are not allowed participate (Directors orders!). Finally only no drama members (people who have paid their fees ) can participate

Get your thinking caps on and lets put on a show people.

Membership benefits.

Just to give a taster of the kind of opportunities that come up for no drama members:

Areaman Productions contacted the group to conduct interviews to be used in a short film, you can see the results of that here.

(no drama members can be seen at numbers : 18, 27,36,45,56,59,62,65,69,99,113,116,123,133)

Recently the group members have also been offered the opportunity to take part in a D.I.T final year fine art project. More details here.

Last year the group also appeared on RTE’s nationwide programme.

Opportunities for screen and stage come up pretty regularly for no drama, come along and see for yourself!

Specialised Workshop Sat March 20th: Comedy

The next specialised workshop will be run by Aidan Killian and will take place on Saturday March 20th from 11am to 5pm. The cost for monthly paid up members is 20 euros and for non-monthly paid up members it is 30 euros. To secure your place you must pay the fee in advance.

Course Outline

From 11am to 1pm:

– Theory on making people laugh
– comedy methodology
– How to be comfortable on stage
– Psychology of leading an audience

Between 2-5pm:

– 3 different ways to develop material
– Learn to craft a set.
– Understand and master timing
– Deal with the unforseen
– A taste of story telling

Aiden ran a course last year and is hoping to do a short introduction and move forward from what he did on the last course with No Drama so new and returning participants can feel the benefits.

You can find out more about him here:
http://www.aidankillian.com/
Remeber Prebooking essential: you can book via

contact@nodramatheatre.com or secretarynodrama@gmail.com

Specialised workshops : Directing

We’re proud to announce the first of our day long specialised workshops for this year

Our very own Brian Quinn will be leading a Directing workshop on Saturday the 13 of March in Synge St. CBS.

Prices are 15€ members /30€ for non-members.

You may also choose to book for two of the upcoming workshops for a reduced fee, These are likely to include Clowning,Combat and some Production courses, subject to change.

Contact secretarynodrama@gmail.com with your booking, Book early to avoid disappointment.

Workshop Details

Workshop: Exploring Status and Power in directing a scene for theatre

Time: 11:00am – 5:00 pm

11:00 – 12:00

This will consist of a warm up session of about 20 minutes. The warm up will aim at focusing on the theme of the day namely Power and Status in a fun, energetic and cerebal way.

On completion of the warm up there will be a number of exercises involved with looking at power/status, blocking and the power scale as we look towards directing and developing a scene.

12:00 – 1:00

All participants wil be given a chance to explore the different ways a scene may be approached and directed using blocking and the power scale. This will involve a great deal of participation from the people taking part and the audience watching. All ideas and suggestions will be explored. “Story-boarding” a scene may also be introduced (this would stretch the time to possibly 1:30)

1:00 – 2:00 (or 1:30 – 3:30) Break

2:00 – 5:00 ( or 2:30 – 5:30)

In the afternoon budding directors will have the chance to direct a scene, between 5 – 10mins long, with the focus on power and status within that particular scene using the ideas and information from the morning session. Actors will have a chance to figure out their character’s power/status and how it developes throughout a scene. These scenes will then be performed in front of the rest of the group where we will be looking for feedback on the blocking and “layout” of the scene.

Brian can cater for for 5 – 8 directors and 13 – 15 actors for this piece, please let us know when booking what your preference is.

Wanted : New Bodies!

Why yes, Its over. Wah wah wah. Its time to man up, move on and start banging other plays.
So we think its about time to announce the two, one act plays that No Drama Theatre will be performing in Smock Alley Theatre week beginning June 6th 2010? Damp yet? You should be…
Here are the sexy beasts on offer to help get you through those lonely Feb-Jun nights.
1. Me and My Friends by Gillian Plowman
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A hilarious and heartbreaking play about nutters post-hospitalisation. Oz has never got over his mammy’s death, Bunny worked so hard his wife ran off, Robin suffocated her son and Julia is so obsessed by men she goes on the game. All thrown together at a house party where they try and act all normal like.
The play contains 4 characters 2M 2F
2. Old Saybrook by Woody Allen
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A highly amusing and watchable play which takes place a day in the lives of 3 couples whose seemingly boring marriages are rocked by shocking revelations. Contains an off stage cameo by Tiger Woods which is more relevant now than when it was first written.
The play contains 7 characters 3F and 4M
Both plays were picked to work well together exploring the nature of relationships and people trying to, you know… get up on each other and deal with mental stuff.
Plays contain no nudity , very little violence but there may be brief kissing in one. Very brief though. No tongues, no boob and/or wang touching .

Why yes, It’s over. Wah wah wah. Its time to man up, move on and start banging other plays.

So we think its about time to announce the two (one act) plays that No Drama Theatre will be performing in Smock Alley Theatre for the week beginning June 6th 2010? Damp yet? You should be…

Here are the sexy beasts on offer to help get you through those lonely Feb-Jun nghts.

1. Me and My Friends by Gillian Plowman

A hilarious and heartbreaking play about nutters post-hospitalisation. Oz has never got over his mammy’s death, Bunny worked so hard his wife ran off, Robin suffocated her son and Julia is so obsessed by men she goes on the game. All thrown together at a house party where they try and act all normal like.

The play contains 4 characters 2M 2F

2. Old Saybrook by Woody Allen

A highly amusing and watchable play which takes place a day in the lives of 3 couples whose seemingly boring marriages are rocked by shocking revelations. Contains an off stage cameo by Tiger Woods which is more relevant now than when it was first written.

The play contains 7 characters 3F and 4M

Both plays were picked to work well together exploring the nature of relationships and people trying to, you know… get up on each other and deal with mental stuff.

Plays contain no nudity , very little violence but there may be brief kissing in one. Very brief though. No tongues, no boob and/or wang touching .