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Tinsel Kids and Jet Engine Joy – ‘Kate Crackernuts’ at Smock Alley Review

In this thoroughly modern piece, gone are the fairy folk and enchantments of the original tale, here replaced by rave-culture Tinsel Kids, and drug pushing seductresses. A headless sheep narrates, and interferes with, the action while the eponymous heroine struggles to find a cure first for her sister’s malady (waking with the head of a sheep, but not that one), and then that of Paul, her seduced and pill-popping object of desire. A man-sized baby with a magic rattle, and a dead-crow-stroking crone (seated on a porcelain throne) figure also. If that sounds like a lot going on, you don’t know the half of it.

Dublin theatre group No Drama are back with this must-see frenetic joy. Director Kate Cosgrave has chosen the bold and often startling ‘Kate Crackernuts’ for their latest effort, a mesmeric take on the old Scottish folk tale by American writer Sheila Callaghan. Veering wildly from disarming lyricism to disorienting, and frequently hilarious, physical comedy, the play and players conspire to keep the audience in a state of joyful surrender. Which if you’ve ever seen a No Drama production before, will probably come as no surprise.


That’s the gut-punch of this production. Somehow, while digesting themes of seekers seeking; beauty fading; wounds as transformation; compulsion and addiction; and individualism and escapism, the sheer protean vibrancy onstage means we the audience are never lost in the proceedings, only reeling. Callaghan’s elliptical and poetic dialogue (“The raver boy who has lost his milky way”, “Youth is all you have, you better unfold it loudly” and “Ride her. Spread her. Throw her at the sun” are fairly representative lines) is always beautiful as it careens from carnality to comedy, and back by way of catharsis.


The assured central performances of Megan Carter as Kate, Siobhan Hickey as her sister Anne, Shane Robinson as drugged and wasting Paul, and, (as the embodiment of Paul’s dislocated voice) Ali Keohane, are never less than compelling and hit an extraordinary range of emotional beats. Daniel O’Brien as love-struck brother Ralph, Greg Freegrove as both Kate’s mother and Paul’s father, Darcy Donnellan Poole as the above crone, and Dave McGowan as the headless sheep, all ground the action in levity with their consummate comic chops. Sorcha Maguire as Miss Prima brings a sultry side to inter-generational rivalry and locks in the threatening aspect of the piece. “Tinsel Kids” Stephen Madden and Therese Doyle make a virtue of the mind-boggling number of scene changes by doubling up as both blissed-out rave fairies and nimble stage hands.


The producer Louise Dunne has conjured an appropriately febrile and dream-like atmosphere, and assistant director Ciaran Treanor has nailed the technical aspects and marshalling. But ultimately all credit must go to Cosgrave who has pulled something quite extraordinary into existence.


So folks, if I tell you that this singular spell of enchantment is an absolute must-not-miss, will you please, please, for the love of all that is scared and profane, just go and see it already?


Consider yourself told.

Ciarán Milton

Workshop – 18/06/2019

Guys! It’s here the penultimate No Drama workshop pre Summer break!

So you only have 2 more chances to get a workshop in! This makes us sad but we assure you that we insanely good ones in store for you.

With that in mind, tomorrow’s workshop is to be facilitated by sensational Theo Dennisson.

“We will experiment with the foundations of a theatrical scene: Listening, communication, trust, sensing your environment and, finally, we will explore status on stage. That will lead us into exploring a darker side of theatre, master and slave.”

Theo Dennisson has been experimenting with theatre, 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 assasin 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 most recently played Liberty Valance in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” with No Drama Theatre in 2019.

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

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 – 11/06/2019

For this week’s workshop we are beyond excited to welcome back the undeniably talented Tamryn Reinecke as workshop facilitator!

Tamryn’s workshop will be focus on using improv and play to help find authenticity in character development. The class will focus on the fundamentals of improv as a tool for listening, reacting truthfully and doubling down on emotion to find truth within your character work. 

Tamryn Reinecke is a filmmaker and actor who has been an affiliate of No Drama Theatre for over 5 years. She runs an indie film production house, Pale Rebel Productions, where she focuses on creating original content including a number of award winning short films. As well as this Tamryn is an experienced improviser; she regularly performs at The Tightrope and is a member of MOB Theatre Dublin where you can see her perform every Thursday night in Wigwam.

Door 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 – 04/06/2019

The theme of the month is ‘Techniques in Theatre’.

Throughout our June workshops we shall be recapping and incorporating all that we have covered over the past year and exploring new aspects of stage craft.

Tuesday the 4th kicks us off with understanding the physicality of a character and using this in performance, we shall examine emotional range and deliverance to build a scene and look at the arc of a scene; all supported with script work (beautiful lovey words to play with).

This weeks facilitator is the energetic, enthusiastic Ms Louise Dunne. 

Louise is the current chairperson of NoDramaTheatre, of which she has been an active member since 2014. Louise has studied acting at The Gaiety School of Acting and The Lir Academy and has been involved in 14 productions over the past 6 years. 

Louise has worked with the following Theatre Companies in varying capacities (at both professional and amateur level): No Drama Theatre, At Large Theatre, Monaincha Theatre Group, The Gorgeous Theatre and Pygmankenstein Theatre Group.

Louise directed the extravagant production of ‘An Experiment with an Air-Pump’ by Shelagh Stephenson in 2017 and ‘Unchained Melody’ by Adam Walsh at Smock Alley Theatre. She has also produced 3 shows for No Drama and brought a show to the All Together Now Festival in 2018.

Louise is also the Artistic Director of No Drama Theatre, adding Set Design, Set Assembly/Construction and Prop Building to her already extensive CV. 

However, her first love is and can only be acting and she has taken to the stage in 14 productions to date with both lead roles and supporting roles.

To date she has appeared in:

“The Chalk Garden” by Enid Bagnold at The Sean O’Casey Theatre Nov 2014
“The Power of Darkness” by John McGahern, The Players Theatre, June 2015
“The Trial” by Franz Kafka at Smock Alley Theatre, July 2016
“The Book of Condolences” by Kieron Connelly, The Teachers Club, Dec, 2017
“What Could Be Worse” By Adam Walsh at The Complex, Aug 2017
“Mother Stokers Sickly Stories” By Lauren Shannon-Jones at No 13, North Great Georges St, Oct 2017
“And Then There were None” By Agatha Christie, Smock Alley Theatre, Jan 2018

Louise enjoys a challenge and throws herself headfirst at 100 miles per hour with 120% conviction into everything she does, see yis all on Tuesday!

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 – 28/05/2019

To close out our ‘stepping outside your comfort zone’ theme, we are delighted to announce Siobhan Hickey as this week’s facilitator.

“While researching common themes that cause actors difficulties, three things kept cropping up; love, sex and comedy.”

Workshop participants will be given the opportunity to explore these themes in a safe space through various exercises and discussions.

Siobhan is a writer/actor and has been a member of No Drama Theatre for over 9 years.

Throughout her time with the group, she has performed in main productions in a variety of different roles (including the female lead in John McGahern’s ‘The Power of Darkness’) and taken part in the now well established No Drama Monologue Nights.

As well as working 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 the first draft of her one woman stand up show ‘Dear Diary… and other notions of a romantic nature’ which is currently being developed for further future performances.

Siobhan will also be portraying the character of ‘Anne’ in No Drama Theatre’s upcoming Summer production ‘Kate Crackernuts’.

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

Monologue Night – Storybook Edition, 27/05/2019

May is here, and that may mean only one thing! No Drama’s next monologue night is near.

The theme of the evening is the Storybook, in honor and aid of No Drama’s upcoming production of Kate Crackernuts. So, gather round, friends, and prepare to let yourselves be transported into worlds crafted by the teller.

A night of monologues and tales awaits:
Horror stories, love stories, despicable individuals, epics, fairytales, fables, passages, films that should have been books, rip-offs, poems, spoken book reports* and more.

All monologuers and storytellers welcome. If you’re interested in performing (which we highly recommend!), please contact the event via Facebook messenger or email contact@nodramatheatre.com

Both published and original works accepted.

*Okay, we can’t promise that’s a real thing

Monday 27th May | 7 pm | Flannery’s on Camden Street, the Vintage bar | €5 entry

Workshop – 14/05/2019

For next week’s workshop (14/05/2019) we are delighted to be welcoming back the phenomenal Bryan Burroughs.

Continuing with our theme for May (stepping outside your comfort zone) Bryan has detailed his workshop as being “A follow up workshop in how the physical theatre principles worked on in Workshop One can be utilised effectively and immediately in staging scenes from a selection of contemporary plays.”

(Please note that it does not hinder you if you missed Workshop One! All are welcome!)

Bryan Burroughs trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College Dublin.

Noteworthy performances include My Foot/My Tutor with Articulate Anatomy (Best MalePerformance at Dublin Fringe Festival 2004),BarabbasTheatre Company’s Johnny Patterson : The Singing Irish Clown ( Irish Times Theatre Award Best Supporting Actor 2009) and regularly performs his one man show Beowulf : The Blockbuster which originated as a Show In A Bag and has toured Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Australia, New York and was the number one success of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 winning the STAGE Award for Acting Excellence.

Other notable productions include Act Without Words 2 by Samuel Beckett for Company SJ which most recently performed at the Barbican in London and the Centre Culturel Irlandais inParis. He also regularly performs in a two hander adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol with AaronMonaghan which returned to The Ark for Christmas 2016. He played Quasimodo in Angela’s Ashes : The Musical and Lenehan in the returning production of James Joyce’s ULYSSES at The Abbey Theatre in an adaptation by Dermot Bolger and directed by GrahamMcLaren in July 2018.

As director Bryan has directed Fight Night and TheGames People Play and for RISE productions written by Gavin Kostick which won Best Actor and the Bewleys Little Gem Award at Dublin Fringe 2010 and Best New Play atthe Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013 respectively.

As Movement Director recent productions include Druid’s Beauty Queen of Leenane, Umbrella’s Glowworm,Fishamble’s Inside The GPO, Yew Tree’s Alone It Stands, Pat Moylan’s Stones In His Pockets, Tarry Flynn, The Skriker at the Lir Academy, BrokenCrow’s Levin & Levin, at the Abbey Fool For Love, TheWake and for Second Age Hamlet and Macbeth.

For RTE Bryan has appeared on RTE Jr’s The Beo Showteaching drama to young children, written four short stories for the Tell Me A Storyseries, written and performed a Christmas short story for the Cór Na Nóg Christmas Concert and directed FightNight for RTE’s Radio Drama season

Bryan also teaches physical theatre at The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art in association with RADA.

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 – 07/05/2019

The theme for No Drama’s May workshops is ‘Stepping outside your comfort zone

Our first workshop of the month (Tuesday 7th May) will be facilitated by Renée van de Schoor.

“Physicality on stage”

In this week’s workshop we will be working on physicality on stage. Through a series of exercises we will research:

  • Intimacy between one actor and another.
  • Physical storytelling.
  • Collaborative creation process of scenes.

(It’s recommended to wear comfortable clothing, which won’t prevent you from moving around.)

Renée graduated from the University of the Arts Utrecht, with a degree in Theatre and Education. Throughout her studies, Renée directed several productions with a heavily physical component. After her graduation she moved to Dublin, where she worked in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre’s Circle Club and now with the prestigious Abbey Theatre as Business Relationship Coordinator.

During her time in No Drama Theatre, she has gained extensive experience both on stage and behind the scenes as director, actor and producer and is currently secretary of the group’s committee.

After directing a sell-out production of ‘And Then There Were None’, she stepped up as producer for both ‘Closer’ and ’Insomnia’. Furthermore, she appeared as Woman in ‘The Virtuous Burglar’ and played both Lilly and Lilith in ‘She Kills Monsters’ and was production manager of the groups most recent production ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’. Her last production ‘Haven’ appeared on Smock Alley Theatre’s main space as part of Scene + Heard festival and included 12 physical actors.

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 – 30/04/2019

For the final workshop of April we are beyond excited to welcome Shani Williams!

This is all-rounder ‘alter-ago’ workshop which Shani has developed in order to provide you with vital tips and tricks for fully immersing yourself into your character. Shani will be covering topics such as:

● Evaluating observing people
● Stereotypes/Characteristics – how to use them
● The joy of an alter ego
● Back story and development – who are you?
● Getting into character
● Physical movement
● The importance of rehearsal – especially with costumes/props
● Music styles creating an atmosphere
● Costume
● Make up
● Choosing a show girl / alter ego name
● Holding / reading an audience
● Supporting your fellow artists in the arena

Shani Williams is Head of Circle Club, a private members club, and events at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. While managing venues in Ireland for 16 years, Shani uses her down time to be an international Burlesque & Drag King artist, Emcee, Producer, Instructor and an Actor who has also dabbled in writing. She has entertained all over the world including America, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Slovenia, Australia & all corners of Ireland.

Her extensive experience includes:

Cabaret:
•Dirty Circus, Vodafone Comedy Festival, emcee & artist, 2016, ’18, All Together Now Festival 2018
•Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, emcee & artist, 2014, ‘15, ‘18
•Strand St. Supperclub, founder, producer, artist, Dublin 2011- ‘12
•Identities Parade, Gender Blurred Cabaret & screening of Identities with Q&A, producer & artist, Melbourne & Sydney 2010
•Dublin Fringe Festival, Spiegeltent, Burlesque artist 2006, ‘07, ‘09
And many more…


Theatre:
•S.O.S. A one woman show, written & performed by Shani Williams, directed by Una McKevitt, Mayfields May – Jun 2012
•The Big Deal, Deborah, written & directed Una McKevitt, Kilkenny Arts Festival Aug 2011, Project Arts Centre Nov 2011, Le Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris Mar 2012
•SALIVA, Polly, written by Mark Ward, directed by Emma Weafer, Theatre Shorts DGTF 2011

Film & Television:
•Identities, herself aka Sade O’Sapphic & Slick O’, directed by Vittoria Colonna
*NOMINATED: BEST SINGLE DOCUMENTARY- CELTIC MEDIA AWARDS 2010
*NOMINATED: CURRENT AWARD – best original work based on International Investigation – ROME INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2010
*WINNER: HUMAN RIGHTS FILM AWARD – Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL) Human Rights Film Awards 2009
*WINNER: BEST DOCUMENTARY – Gaze Film Festival 2009
•The Clinic, Danielle, RTE 2005

Education:
2003 Gaiety School of Acting, Ireland
2001 Sydney School of Acting, Australia

Awarded:
Best Performance, European Bodypainting Festival, Austria 2005

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 – 23/04/2019

We are proud to announce that this week’s workshop will be facilitated by Alexandra Stamati.

“Just like there is no right or wrong way to be ourselves, there is no right or wrong way to play a character.”

This workshop will focus on building characters through a series of exercises and exploring how their unique interactions can transform a scene.

Alexandra Stamati is a greek actress living in Dublin. She joined No Drama theatre in 2016 where she found the inspiration and support that helped her to follow her passion and focus on acting full time. Since then she has graduated from the full time program in Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting and appeared in RTE’s series ‘Taken Down’, as well as appearing in a number of short films. Alexandra is currently training in physical theatre, dance, acrobatics and martial arts.

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

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