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Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Kicking the Habit & Tripping Through the Meadows

April 10, 2009

Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Kicking the Habit:

We close the curtain on Act 1 of Trainspotting with these two new clips from our show that ran last June in the Watergate Theatre.

Clip number one is of Mark Renton’s (Ross Costigan) attempt to finally kick his heroin addiction once and for all. Pip ‘Stephen’ Colfer also features as a foosty old cunt and multiple other roles. Before we hit the stage with the show, many people wondered would this scene remain intact in all it’s scatalogical glory. Those in the shit firing-line in the first two rows on all four nights probably wish we’d dropped the toilet scene entirely. Don’t worry folks, it was only a concoction of Snickers bars, honey and water! And diarrhoea.

Clip numero two is the final scene in Act 1 wherein Renton, Spud (Stephen Colfer) and Alison (Maria Murray) pop some pills and lep about to some Frank Zappa. I absolutely adore this scene due to how overtly insane it feels. I thought it was the perfect way to close an act: the highest of highs before we hit them with the lowest of lows. Kudos to all actors in this scene. Some damn fine merri-go-round miming out of ye!

You can read more about Devious Theatre and our various theatrics at our wonderful interwebsite here.

Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Tripping Through the Meadows:

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80s Nite at Cleere’s

April 10, 2009

80s Nite

Quite strange for me to be even mentioning this or promoting it considering I’m a week late (sorry Eddie!) but last Friday night in Cleere’s there was a night of 80s music held for charity. All in all, the night was a roaring success. So, if you have access to a time machine, set the time circuits to April 3rd 2009, park up the Delorean on Parliament St and join us a week ago in the past for a great night of 80s music. Ahem.

Above is the poster I made with my hands for the night. Below you can see the initial poster I created that never went to print. Might as well put it here as it’ll just fester away in the bowels of my Macbook if I don’t.

80s Nite - Unused

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Vultures – Pat Cairo Development

April 10, 2009

Vultures - Pat Cairo

The section on our Vultures website that details the development of the show is slowing but surely growing. Bit by bit, we’re hoping to offer some insight into the creative process. Hopefully, this area of the website will grow to be a mass archive of sketches, photos, thoughts and reminiscences on our webcom.

Next in the series of updates is trad-man extraordinaire and lead vocalist of the Cairo City Ramblers: Pat Cairo! Playing the part of Pat Cairo was a lot of fun, I must admit. Drinking cans of Guinness at 9.30 on a Sunday morning, singing “Wild Rover” and falling out of a van was a common occurrence for me as it was, so it all came pretty easy on the day of the shoot. However, before I donned the Aran sweater and slung a guitar over my shoulder, myself and John went through many a brainstorm before we decided on the what Pat was to be. That process can be read in all it’s dialogual glory: here

Also: this video is epic beyond belief. Watch it. Favourite it. And 5 star that shit. Oh and then watch Episode 4 again. Fair play. Fair play.

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Criterion Collection – Week 11, 12 & 13

April 10, 2009

Criterion Collection - Week 11
Criterion Collection - Week 12
Criterion Collection - Week 13

Wow….Three weeks without an update! An update of ANY kind! I’ve been up to my neck like Toulouse Lautrec. There’s actually far too much stuff to catch up on but I’ll try my best to make all the necessary postings here over the next few days.

First up, here are the SIX installments that make up weeks 11-13 of my increasingly intimidating, ongoing spending foray into the world of Criterion dvds. I’m finding it more and more difficult to make decisions on what to get as the weeks go by. Not that what I’ve been picking aren’t incredible films or supposed to be incredible films, but in the past 13 weeks I’ve already hit all the major titles I’d always wanted! It’s about time I started to pick a director and focus soley on their output (Akira Kurosawa, I’m looking at you…).

I’m not going to add the YouTube trailers to these as the posting is already stupidly long as it is. Hopefully I’ll be back on track next week for a weekly installment of this. So, so many dvds to watch. That shelf is beginning to look mighty full… and scary.

Week 11:
Chungking Express (1994 Dir. Wong Kar-wai)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998 Dir. Terry Gilliam)

Week 12:
Lord of the Flies (1963 Dir. Peter Brook)
F for Fake (1975 Dir. Orson Welles)

Week 13:
Wild Strawberries (1957 Dir. Ingmar Bergman)
Knife in the Water (1962 Dir. Roman Polanski)

Previously on Criterion Collection:
Week 1: The Third Man / Breathless
Week 2: Videodrome / The Ice Storm
Week 3: Short Cuts / Pierrot Le Fou
Week 4: The 400 Blows / La Haine
Week 5: The Vanishing / Tokyo Story
Week 6: 8 1/2 / Withnail and I
Week 7: In The Mood For Love / Brief Encounter
Week 8: M / The Lady Vanishes
Week 9: Ikiru / Traffic
Week 10: If… / Naked Lunch

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Criterion Collection – Week 10

March 19, 2009

Criterion Collection - Week 10

Not even an alcohol fuelled long-weekend, capped by the mother of all boozing days could stop the Criterion train a-runnin’!!! … Truth be told, I almost forgot about it this week. The choices aren’t running thin just yet but the backlog of DVDs on my shelf is getting more and more worrying. Anyways, I’ve gone with Malcolm McDowell’s pre-Clockwork Orange tour-de-force “IF…“. Actually, this is another one I’ve yet to see, but I’ve been assured if an entirely unappreciated work of genius. Following on from a viewing Videodrome, I have returned to Cronenberg for a “Naked Lunch” I’m always reminded of that quote from The Simpsons when Nelson looks at the marquee as he leaves the cinema and says “I can think of at least two things wrong with that title”. Classic Nelson. Ah yeah.

In Criterion news: THIS re-release has just been announced. That is some sweet, sweet cover art.

If… (1968 Dir. Lindsay Anderson):

Naked Lunch (1991 Dir. David Cronenberg):

Previously on Criterion Collection:
Week 1: The Third Man / Breathless
Week 2: Videodrome / The Ice Storm
Week 3: Short Cuts / Pierrot Le Fou
Week 4: The 400 Blows / La Haine
Week 5: The Vanishing / Tokyo Story
Week 6: 8 1/2 / Withnail and I
Week 7: In The Mood For Love / Brief Encounter
Week 8: M / The Lady Vanishes
Week 9: Ikiru / Traffic

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Criterion Collection – Week 9

March 9, 2009

Criterion Collection - Week 9

Another week, another two Criterion discs… I’ve somehow managed to last nine weeks without dipping back into Kurosawa’s catalogue but Ikiru is one that I’ve wanted to get for a while. Over the years I had gotten some other Kurosawa films, but mostly the more obvious ones (Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Yojimbo, Sanjuro).

Ikiru (1952 Dir. Akira Kurosawa):

Traffic (2000 Dir. Steven Soderbergh):

Previously on Criterion Collection:
Week 1: The Third Man / Breathless
Week 2: Videodrome / The Ice Storm
Week 3: Short Cuts / Pierrot Le Fou
Week 4: The 400 Blows / La Haine
Week 5: The Vanishing / Tokyo Story
Week 6: 8 1/2 / Withnail and I
Week 7: In The Mood For Love / Brief Encounter
Week 8: M / The Lady Vanishes