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Workshop – 03 March 2020

Sure lookit! Tis Tuesday already!!

Tonight we have Shane Robinson at the helm of the No Drama workshop.

“With the main productions coming up soon this workshop shall cover audition technique and explore the relationship between the role of a director and the actor. Auditions can be unsettling, fully of anxiety and give you a bad case of those good old nervous butterflies but in tonight’s workshop we’ll work on tools to conquer those pesky beautiful flying critters. We’ll also focus on the do’s and don’ts of a director and how to get the most out of your actors freeing them rather than inhibiting them.”

Shane Robinson is a professional actor who hates talking about himself in third person. He teaches acting for camera and improv in Bow St, where he graduated from the full time programme for screen acting back in 2015. He’s pretty sound. He’s been a member of No Drama since it’s very inception back in 2008 and has had the privilege of being cast in eight main productions. He’s also processes the dire superpower of crying on cue. Get over yourself.

His recent credits include ‘This Nan’s life’ starring Catherine Tate, Boyz on Top (a web series about a failed boy band produced by failsafe films), ‘Vikings’ Season 6 and TV3’s ‘Jack Taylor’.

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Doors 6.45pm | Workshop 7pm
€10 per workshop | €25 for the month

If it’s your first ever No Drama workshop you can attend for free!!

Workshop – 11 February 2020

Huzzah! Tomorrow is Tuesday! Workshop day!!

This week’s workshop will be facilitated by the fantabulous Theo Dennis.

Theo’s workshop will be based around experimenting with status on stage and exploring the spectrum as a group and interviewing some of those characters.

Theo Dennis has been experimenting with acting, directing, writing, improv, tango shows, music and stand-up comedy since 2004.

Theo studied method acting and improv at the Epi Kolono theatre in Athens (2009-2011). His acting experience includes playing Michael in Karolyi Sakoni’s “We now interrupt our programme due to technical reasons” (2004) and Mr Sirelli in “Right you are (if you think so) by Luigi Pirandello (2005).

Theo directed and played the assassin in Sergi Belbel’s “Morir” (2006) and also held 3 out of 9 roles (magician, Santa Claus, priest) in 2011’s Epi Kolono theatre’s original script production (2001).

In 2011 Theo was an actor and lead singer in “you are what you do” (international street theatre production, Linz, Austria, 2011).

In 2015 he worked on lights in “Harold and Maude” (Collin Higgins) with InPlayers Amsterdam and played Liberty Valance in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” with No Drama Theatre in 2019. Legend has it he was operating lights and music for the latest NoDrama production “Gaslight” but, since he was supposedly in the lights booth, nobody saw him so we cannot know for sure.

Theo has been doing stand-up comedy in Dublin since 2017.

Doors 6.45pm | Workshop begins 7pm
€10 per workshop | €25 for the month

If it’s your first No Drama workshop, you go for free!

Workshop – 04 February 2020

We are delighted to announce that this week’s facilitator is John Fox.

The aim of this workshop is to help each actor understand the who, where, when, and why helping them to create and play a character. “Working on these can help actors to gain a deeper understanding of their character.”

John Fox has been involved in theatre for over 15 years.  Following a theatre performance course in Marino College he went on to receive a B.A form Swansea Metropolitan University.

John has previously appeared in several No Drama Shindig pieces and was cast in the No Drama production of ‘Rope’. He directed ‘Rules of Authority’ by Enya Reilly for a No Drama Shindig, assistant directed the No Drama project ‘Symbiotic’ with Sarah Lynne and also directed the one act play ‘The Virtuous Burglar’ for a No Drama Theatre Winter Production.

Outside of No Drama, John has appeared in several productions that include ‘Men are from Stoneybatter, Women from Phibsboro’, ‘Hunting Cockroaches’, ‘Attempts on Her Life’, ‘The Birthday Party’, ‘King Lear’, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. John was the Assistant Director on the piece ‘Shakespeare lol’ by Sarah Lynne.

Most recently John appeared in the ‘Ranelagh Toy Boy’ with the Ranelagh players, directed ‘Under Colours’ by Dominik Domresonki for At Large Theatreand the one act play ‘Streuth’ for the Ranelagh players.

Doors 6.45pm | Workshop begins 7pm
€10 per workshop | €25 for the month

If it’s your first No Drama workshop, you go for free!

Workshop – 28 January 2020

We are fricking delighted to announce that Richie Wilson of Stunt Register Ireland will be facilitating tonight’s workshop.

Stage combat, let’s be ‘avin’ ya!

Doors 6.45pm | Workshop begins 7pm
€10 per workshop | €25 for the month

If it’s your first No Drama workshop, you go for free!

Workshop – 21 January 2020

We are pleased to announce that this week’s workshop facilitator is Siobhan ‘Shivvy’ Hickey.

Through various exercises, both improv and script based, Siobhan will guide workshop participants on how to give/get the best to/from your acting partner.

Siobhan Hickey is a writer and actor who has been involved with No Drama Theatre for over 10 years.

Throughout her time with the group, she has performed in various No Drama main productions in a variety of different roles and taken part numerous times in the now well established No Drama Monologue Nights (now known as the No Drama Bring your Own Nights).

Siobhan also developed and performed a one-woman stand-up show, ‘Dear Diary… and other notions of a romantic nature’, based on her childhood diaries and romantic endeavours which was well received by its Dublin audiences.

As well as performing onstage, Siobhan has also directed (‘Closer’ by Patrick Marber), produced and performed all marketing duties for 3 sell out runs of No Drama Theatre productions (‘Harvey’, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’, ‘Gaslight’).

Some of Siobhan’s poetry can be seen on both the ‘Whispered Words After Midnight’ Facebook and Instagram pages and next month will see the debut performance of Siobhan’s spoken word piece ‘Voices’ as part of the Smock Alley Theatre Scene + Heard Festival (February 12th & 13th).

Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7 pm | CBS Synge Street

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 10 December 2019

Tomorrow’s workshop (10th December 2019) is going to be facilitated by Megan Carter.

“Body Listening”

Megan will lead participants through several exercises designed to get actors out of their heads and into their bodies. Participants will explore auditory learning and abstract movement techniques to help them fully access and embody emotional resonance and rich imagery in text.

Megan Carter is an actor and writer originally from Kansas City in the United States. She holds a BA in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago and an MA in Classical Acting from LAMDA, and has also studied at the London Dramatic Academy. Megan recently played Kate in Kate Crackernuts with No Drama, appeared as Emer in He Said / She Said as part of the inaugural Short + Sweet Dublin Festival, and starred as Patty in the short film Going Steady. She has previously taught workshops with Asterisk Arts Collective in Chicago.

Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7 pm | CBS Synge Street

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 05 November 2019

The theme for the No Drama November Workshops storytelling and engaging your audience.

Our first facilitator of the month is none other than No Drama’s Johnny Shortall.

“An Introductions to Introductions. This week’s workshop will focus on where all good stories start, the beginning! From establishing the setting, the characters and plot we will look at how to craft a compelling beginning, both through scripted work and improvisation, that keeps the audience on the very edge of their seat from the start.”

Johnny Shortall is a No Drama theatre veteran, having directed, written and acted in numerous productions. He is currently operating as the production manager for ‘Gaslight’, our winter production.

Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7 pm | CBS Synge Street

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 08 October 2019

We are super delighted to announce that tonight’s workshop will be facilitated by Gráinne Curistan.

Gráinne Curistan is the founder and artistic director of At Large Theatre Company, and has written, performed and directed for theatre for the past 15 years. In the last few years Gráinne has become increasingly interested in movement and its importance in theatre and was delighted to get the opportunity to focus on it as part of her M.Phil in Theatre and performance which she graduated from this year.

In this week’s workshop Gráinne will be looking at precision and image creation in movement and development of short movement based performances.

Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7 pm | CBS Synge Street

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

Workshop – 01 October 2019

Another month, another theme for you to sink your theatrical teeth into.

In October, we will be working on “understanding physicality in theatre and putting it into practice”.

Our first fantabulous facilitator is none other than the director of of Summer production ‘Kate Crackernuts’, Kate Cosgrave.

“This workshop aims to make your movements POP!

We’ll be looking at deliberateness in movement, the balance between motion and stillness, and using precision in “simple” actions, building towards a goal of clean, crisp and confident presentation.

Please dress comfortably!”

Kate Cosgrave is a many-year No Drama veteran who’s had the privilege to act in the group’s productions of Five WomenHarvey and And Then There Were None, to assistant direct She Kills Monsters, and most recently to direct its production of Kate Crackernuts.

A love of physical exploration was what grabbed her and held her in theatre from her very first performance, Five Women. Through this co-production she came into contact with At Large Theatre and their series of physical theatre workshops, which opened further opportunities to write, direct and practice interesting theatre, learning from and with incredible people along the way. She’s fascinated with rhythm, patterns, tension and definition.

Doors 6:45 | Workshop 7 pm | CBS Synge Street

€10 per workshop | €25 for the month | Free if it’s your first No Drama workshop

(Headshot by Shane Robinson)

No Drama Theatre presents “Gaslight” by Patrick Hamilton – Auditions

First round auditions for “Gaslight” by Patrick Hamilton will take place on:


Sunday 22nd September from 4pm
Tuesday 24th September from 7pm

Please email contact@nodramatheatre with your preferred date for audition and the character/s you would like to audition for. You will then be provided the audition texts for your chosen character/s.

Full script available upon request.

Read on for for full character descriptions as provided by Malcolm Bolton (Director).


Mr Jack Manningham
Age: Mid 40’s.
Tall, Handsome and perhaps a little too well dressed. His manner is suave and authoritative with a touch of mystery and bitterness”
(Directors note : Actor needs to be able to morph from smouldering-ly charming to verbally imposing in a heartbeat)

Mrs. Bella Manningham
Age: Early to Mid 30’s.
A strong woman who has been so worn down by her abuse that all her primary defenses have disappeared. She is a character who makes the best of a bad situation. “She has been good-loooking, almost a beauty – but now she has a haggard frightened air which tell of sleepless nights, and worse.”
(Directors note: Whoever portrays her needs to exhibit a worn down pride)

Detective Rough
Age: Between 40-60
Wiry, active, friendly, overbearing. He has a low warm chuckle and completely dominates the scene from the beginning.
(Directors note: Whoever portrays him should be able to demonstrate years of experience in the field, his jovial nature, professional tenacity and breadth of knowledge. Almost a Poirot style character. Kind and sagely, but able to act when it matters)

Elizabeth (The maid)
Age: Between 35 and 50.
Amiable, subservient
(Directors note: Loyal to a fault, Elizabeth is a shrewd and invaluable help to Bella. She is kind, but takes no nonsense, I see her as a quiet observer of abuse who takes what opportunities she can to ease Bella’s burden)

Nancy (The maid)
Age: Early to mid 20’s
She is a self conscious, pretty, cheeky.
(Directors note: The Manningham’s slightly less loyal servant. I see Nancy as being fed up of life in the Manningham household. She wants to see the world. She wants excitement….anything to pull her out of the unfulfilled humdrum life she is currently experiencing.)