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The Shindig is coming!

It’s that special time of year again folks, where we let you make the show.

The Shindig is back and perfectly timed to give you that lift before Christmas. We will be performing once again in the impressive confines of the Pearse Centre on December 14th.

For those of you unfamiliar with the shindig, it’s our bi-annual showcase night. A night of several short plays chosen, directed, acted, and many written by all you lovely, lovely people. We provide the venue and you do the rest! It’s a great chance to try something new or different, or take on a different role, so now’s the time to start thinking about what you might like to do.

The deadline for submissions for The Shindig will be Friday 14th November. If you have any questions about the shindig or if you are interested in putting on a scene at the Shindig, email Cathal at shindignodrama at

Here are the dates for your diary:

Registration Opens: Monday 3rd November
Registration Closes: Friday 14th November

To register, the director of the piece must email with the following:

  • Name of Piece
  • Writer’s name
  • Number of performers
  • Director’s contact details
  • Length of piece
  • Draft script of the piece

Due to the demand for spots in the Shindig, the above detail must be included in order to be considered. Depending upon demand for the places in the shindig not all pieces may be accepted.

Once you are registered and confirmed the following dates are of note:

Rehearsal Review: Sunday 7th Decemeber
Showtime!:              Sunday 14th December at 6:30pm

Support will be provided throughout the rehearsal process where required.

Now the T&C’s!

  • All performers and directors must be paid-up active No Drama Theatre members in November & December
  • Participants are permitted to act or direct or both, but cannot be involved in more than 2 pieces. Writing does not impact this requirement, therefore you can write as many pieces as you want!
  • The director is the main point of contact and is expected to liaise and coordinate with his team and committee as required.
  • The maximum permitted length of a Shindig piece is strictly 15 minutes or less.
    If your troupe’s piece is a copyright work, it is the director’s responsibility to secure performing rights. Performance rights can be secured via the Drama League of Ireland for most works.
  • Each piece is responsible for their own costumes, props and sets. All pieces are advised to keep their set, lighting and sound requirements to a minimum to facilitate a speedy change between performances.
  • Failure to adhere to any of the deadlines set out above or any instructions set out by the committee will result in your piece being removed from the show list.
  • All pieces and casts must be available on the date for the Rehearsal Review.
  • The selection process will be curated. We expect to have an average of 8 performances depending on timings.
  • If you are interested in performing or directing but unsure how to get involved, please let yourself be known at a workshop or post a message on our facebook page for other members to see!
  • The committee will support you along the way; don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice!
  • The Shindig is not a talent show, performance pieces only please!


Summer Shindig 2012

The Return of the No Drama Shindig – June 2012!!

It’s time for the Summer edition of the Shindig again. In Previous shindigs we have seen Comedy, Drama, Horror, Romance, tragedy, heroes, Super-heroes, Villains, exotic locations, monologues, dialogues, ghosts, devils, dancers and clowns. What will you bring to it this year?

For those who have been missing out to date (shame on you!), the Shindig is no drama’s showcase night where our members direct, rehearse, costume design, makeup design together their own short pieces (approx 15 min each) , these pieces can be almost anything and as the above teaser text might indicate, the potential is limitless.

We’re immensely proud of the Shindig and the opportunity it affords our members, it is always a great night.

In a grand tradition of upping our production values every year, we are holding the next Shindig in a brand new venue on Saturday 30th June in the Pearse Centre!

Submissions date is by 31st May @ 4pm and open to members only so start getting your acts together, see the next no drama e-zine for full details and requirements.

image courtesy of xkcd

Shindig Congratulations

Congratulations to all our shindig performers, Directors,Writers and organizers for making it a great night!

* Only Visiting
Dir: Shane Robinson
Cast: Justyna Koss, Sophia Isabella

Only Visiting
Only Visiting

* The Storm
Director: Jonathan Shortall
Writer:Christopher O’Regan
Cast: Keith Cooper, Sorcha Hennessy

The Storm
The Storm

* I’ll Never Tell
Director: Declan Ryan
Cast: Ruairi De Burca, Cathal O’Donovan, Stephen Ryan,David Ryan

Ill Never Tell
I'll Never Tell

* Pvt. Wars
Director: Brian Quinn
Cast: Brian Quinn, Dave McGowan

Pvt. Wars
Pvt. Wars

* The Bottle
Director: Neil Curran
cast: Neil Curran

The Bottle
The Bottle

* Inside It Feels The Same
Dir: Shane Robinson
Cast: Saskia Carrol, Erin Hug

Inside it feels the same
Inside it feels the same

* The Wedding Story
Dir: Keith Cooper
Cast: Lina Jalala, Keith Cooper, Ellen Hallinan

The Wedding Story
The Wedding Story

* Avengers Assemble
Director: Brendan Dalton
Writer : Erin Hug
Cast: Joe McCarthy,Sarah Jane Murphy, Damien Holmes

Avengers Assemble!
Avengers Assemble!

* Medium Sized Trouble In Little Big Land
Director: Stephen Ryan
Writer: Stephen Ryan
Cast: Declan Ryan, Maria Dillon, Erin Hug, Cathal O’Donovan

Medium Sized Trouble in Little Big Land
Medium Sized Trouble in Little Big Land

Christmas Shindig 2011

Resurrection Blues has completed a very successful run in the Theatre@36.

But no time to rest on our laurels, time is fast approaching for our second Shindig of the year.
Thanks all for your submissions!

Shindig Vintage Poster
The Christmas Shindig is now all booked up, we’ve got a bumper crop of 10 acts lined up!
Keep an eye out for details of the acts performing in the next E-zine.

We’ll also have the Gift exchange for the No Drama Chris Kindle( or Secret Santa or Kris Kringle depending on where you call home!) kindly organised by Damien Holmes, if you are not in there’s still time for you to join just follow the link !

If you are Directing in the Shindig, the next step is to make sure you attend the Directing workshop which will be announced shortly (If not already!)

The Show is on December 3rd in the Hall in the Teachers club. Opening times to follow.



To those who have already registered their interest in taking part in June’s Shindig, we have extended the date by which you must have your cast, director and drama piece chosen by to midnight on Tuesday 24th (this Tuesday). This gives participants one last workshop in which to make friends and tie their team together. This is a very strict deadline and the director of each piece must email Brian with all relevant info to secure his/her group’s spot. In the interest of fairness everyone registered to take part must be cast first and only after this may any late arrivals be cast. N.B. make sure that all cast members have registered for the shin-dig, closing date was Midnight 8th May (i.e. refer to the list of registered members for the shin-dig)


Here at No Drama we are fond of tradition.

In fact, some say that the first Shindig took place in a stable over 2,000 years ago. In those days, of course, they used oil lamps for lighting effects and the bones of animal carcasses for sound effects and props.

Last night the savvy Sheila Dooley and Cathal O’Donovan used the very latest in theatrical production technology in the cosy Teachers’ Club to do justice to the 10 (ish) Shindiggerrific Acts taking to the stage.

There was the smell of aniticipation in the air, some people thought it was mince pies, as each member took to the stage. Some members teamed up to write their own plays, starting weeks ago and ending with applause from the sweaty audience. Others choose the lonely monologue route, Shane Robinson moved the audience with his emotional tale of love titled ‘Speechless’, Chris O’Reagan gave a strong and convincing performance drawing from an excerpt from ‘American Buffalo’ while Tom Murphy caused the audience to wipe away tears of pride in his own play ‘Mocking Birds’. There was a buffet of other 15 minute performances which were halariously performed and exectued with ease. ‘A Matter of Husbands’ by Ferenc Molnar (Translated by Benjamin Glazer) was directed and performed by Alan Rogers with the classy Paula Madden and wonderfully innocent Caoimhe Cooke reminding us all that we should remain suspicious of our men! The night was opened by a play written and directed by No Drama’s number one fan and favourite Jenny Byrne aka Dave MacGowans mrs, which sent shivers down the spine, acted by Declan Ryan, Brian Quinn and the ‘one line wonder’ Grainne O’Sullivan. Grainne also appeared alongside Dearbhla Lawlor, Rachel Byrne and Ann Hogan in ‘Revolting Women’ written by the yummy Joe Kearney inspired by a photography of 1916 Rebellion widows. This was a strong piece, by strong women which reminded us of our own lack of political passion today. ‘Out of the Frying Pan’ written and performed by Alan Rogers and Ruairi de Burca with acting support from Damien Holmes was earily familiar to many in the audience by presenting hell as your typical office scene, with paper pushing and endless typing…. !

The Couple was written, directed and performed by our very own Brian Quinn along side Angela Carlin. The piece was enough to put you off dating for life was was performed over the entire Shindig in fives scenes. Equally funny was ‘Murder by Midnight’ by Jeff Goode, directed by the sweet Sadie Sugarman and performed by David Fleming, Alan Fitzgerald and Ruth Lohrke. A play of murder, intrigue, more murder and a lady in a towel, had the crowd in stitches. Along a more serious theme but contining with the theme of professional murder, Mr. Suit himself, Neil Curran and Mr. I’m-getting-married-in-February, Dave McGowan, gave two strong performances from an excerpt from ‘Heat’, directed by Shane Robinson.

Greeting you as Front of House with smiles wider than an Irish Budget Deficit was Patrick O’Callaghan and the backstage crew were Maria Dillon and Ellen Hallinan.

Thanks to all who helped and took part and it was brilliant to see so many people who had not been on stage with No Drama before put in so much work!

Merry Chrimbo everyone and see you back at workshops on January 11th!

Shindig Shindiggery!

We are delighted to announce the date of our second Shindig of 2010, on Saturday December 18th at 7:30pm! As always the Shindig is a showcase night, where members have the opportunity to perform short pieces for their choosing of up to 15 minutes in length in front of an audience. So if you have a script you have written or you would like to try to direct something or you just want a chance to perform on stage, then now is the time to get your act together! (excuse the pun!)

We encourage members to have a chat to your fellow ‘Dramites’ and work together on a putting something together, be it established or original. If you are unsure of what to do, please approach any of us on the committee and we may be able to recommend a suitable piece.

The closing date to register to take part is 1pm on Friday 12th November but we ask that you register earlier if possible. Please email If you are performing a piece with other people then there is no need to register individually, one registration is fine. When registering you need to include the following:

  • Your name (duh!)
  • Contact number
  • Name of piece and whether it is an original piece.
  • Author’s name
  • Other performers (where relevant)
  • Director (if known or put your own name in if you want to try directing yourself)
  • Duration
  • Please include a copy of the script where the piece is an original work.
    Each group will be assigned a mentor to assist them with rehearsals etc.

    We do have a few rules and guidelines to be aware of for the Shindig:

  • Shindig performers must be members of No Drama
  • Performers/groups are responsible for securing any performance rights relevant for their chosen pieces. We can assist where possible
  • Pieces must be no longer than 15 minutes
  • Remember to keep your set requirements to a minimum!
  • It’s a date for your diary folks, the Shindig will also be the night of our Christmas party!

    image from Seattle MunicipalArchives

    Shindig Performance

    This weekend we’re putting on a little thing we like to call the Shindig, our little showcase of the talent that can be found in no drama. It’s an opportunity for folks to put on a show for members friends and family.

    The final touches are now being put in place. And we’re proud to announce the acts you will be seeing (in no particular order)

    Cha Cha Cha – Dearbhla Lawlor , Joseph Kearney

    He who gets slapped – Shane Robinson, Harry Walsh, Noel Murphy

    The Sleeper in the ruins – Dan Scanlon, Neil Curran, Dave McGowan

    The Moves – Laura McGovern

    2 Gays and a Stray– Joe Kearney, Nigel Connor, Sean Markey

    Next ‘Shindig’ Performance night.

    shin·dig (shndg)
    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 (

    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.