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Workshop – 05/11/2019

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 – 08/10/2019

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 – 01/10/2019

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.)

Workshop – 17/09/2019

We are pleased to welcome back Siobhán ‘Shivvy’ Hickey as this week’s facilitator.

Continuing our September theme of “Developing and becoming a character”, Siobhán will give some insight into the topic by using character development exercises based on her own experiences as an actor, a director, and a stand up.

Siobhan is a writer/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).

As well as performing onstage, Siobhan has also directed (‘Closer’ by Patrick Marber) and produced (including the sell out run of ‘Harvey’ by Mary Chase).

Most recently, she performed her one woman stand up show ‘Dear Diary… and other notions of a romantic nature’ as part of Dublin’s newly established free fringe festival, Frayed.

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

All Stars Workshop – 25/06/2019

And so here it is, the final workshop of the No Drama season (not the last one ever though! We’re not cruel!) takes place today!

And is is tradition, we shall be holding the All Star workshop where various facilitators will take you on a magical theatrical journey.

And afterwards all workshop attendees are invited to Anseo for drinks and to celebrate another fantabulous term of workshops!

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

No Drama Theatre presents ‘Kate Crackernuts’

Kate’s sister Anne, a ravishing beauty, wakes up one morning to discover a sheep’s head on her shoulders instead of her own.

Thus begins the journey of the ever-practical Kate in her quest to return Anne to her former glory, a journey sidetracked by Kate’s obsession with saving a slim raver-boy from a nasty little addiction.

Based loosely and lyrically on the Scottish fairy tale “Kate Crackernuts”.

Running time : 105 mins including an interval
Recommended for ages 16+ 

WRITTEN BY: Sheila Callaghan
DIRECTED BY: Kate Cosgrave

9 – 13 Jul | 7:30pm | Main Space

Tickets available from https://smockalley.com/kate-crackernuts/