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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

Workshop – 10/09/2019

And after the Summer break, we are back!

The theme for September’s workshops is “developing and becoming a character” and who better to lead us in the first workshop of the theme but Mr. Shane Robinson!

This workshop will be an outline of Shane’s approach to character and the several techniques he implements when working with a text.

Shane Robinson is an award winning professional actor and director who has been attached to No Drama since 2008. He’s trained in the Gaiety School of Acting and the programme for screen acting in Bow St.

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

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

Workshop – 21/05/2019

We are excited to announce that this week’s workshop (21st May) will be facilitated by Noel Cahill.

This workshop will approach extremity in theatre, taking a look at the hows and whys of extreme acts, disturbing scenes and violence on the stage. The workshop will be of a physical, repetitive and enduring nature; make sure to wear comfortable clothing.

Noel Cahill has been involved in theatre since 2008.

He has primarily written, directed and acted – as well as other work in production,design and lighting. He directed No Drama’s main production “The Trial” – an adaptation of Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s novel in Smock Alley’s Boys’ School in 2016.

Noel founded Gorgeous Theatre in 2017, with Ciaran Treanor. He wrote and directed his own creation “Alex And” in March 2018, as well as starring in Treanor’s “June” and “Somewhere Else” in June 2017 and August 2018 respectively – all garnering critical acclaim.

Noel enjoys physical theatre and is a big fan of Charlie Chaplin.

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 – 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