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Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Road to Nowhere

April 28, 2009

The next in our series of clips from Trainspotting is a big of a sing-song, of sorts. I say of sorts because to be honest, most people were probably too terrified of Niall Sheehy to actually join in. In this scene Begbie briefly speaks about the injustices of “real life”, appearing to Renton (Ross Costigan) as a sort of abstract, heroin-withdrawal apparition. Renton drags himself to his feet and does his best David Byrne impersonation.

Of note: In the original stage adaptation (which is set in the 90’s and not the 80’s) the song of choice was Chumbawamba – Tubthumping…. Yeah, I think you’ll find that setting the show in it’s original era was an infinitely better choice…

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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:


Devious Theatre gets Irish Blog Awards nod

February 18, 2009

Irish Blog Awards 2009

A couple of years back (2006 to be precise), us folk at The Devious Theatre Company began using the internet as a means of reaching as many potential punters as possible. We set up a MySpace and Bebo and most importantly: a website. The website acted as a blog of sorts, whereby myself and the rest of the Devious clan would update the curious on what our wee acting troupe was up to in small, sporadic bursts of text and images. The site itself (with the complimenting social networking sites) were the best means through which you could find what was going on and what would be upcoming in the future. It also abundantly helpful in keeping an archive of all our productions. Since then we have used the blogging capabilities of the site to update on all things Devious and indeed, all things arts and theatrical in our radii.

This coming Saturday 21st February, we’ll be up for an award at the Irish Blog Awards 2009 in the category of Best Arts Blog. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Ken will bring home some gold for us. And some tequila. Ken, for the love of God, stay away from the tequila!

Check out the other nominees in our category:


Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Choose Life

February 11, 2009

Presented here for your viewing pleasure is the fourth in a series of excerpts from our adaptation of Trainspotting. One of the most memorable monologues from the story sees Renton (played here by Ross Costigan) wax lyrical on modern society’s material dependencies and needs to strive toward a definable, “normal” lifestyle. Rent boy has other things on his agenda: namely scoring a fix with his blue haired chum, Sick Boy (John Morton). This entire sequence (along with the following Mother Superior scene) were my favourite sections of the show. Cast included in this scene are: Ross Costigan (Renton), John Morton (Sick Boy), Stephen Colfer (Plukey Faced Wee Hing Oot) & Paddy Dunne (Wee Radge)

Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Choose Life:


Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Spud & Begbie

January 27, 2009

More from us Devious Theatre folk…

Spud’s Accident:
Stephen Colfer is Danny ‘Spud’ Murphy

Meet Begbie:
Niall Sheehy is Franco Begbie, Ross Costigan is Mark Renton, Simone Kelly is Lizzy Macintosh and, ahem, Paddy Dunne is Morag Henderson.

If I ever have enough money for a Deloreon, a flux capacitor and some plutonium, I’m traveling back to the week of this production. Ah, memories. Misty water-coloured memories. Of the way. We were. *tear*


Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Opening Five Minutes

December 15, 2008

During the summer of 2008, we hit the stage of the Watergate Theatre for five days to stage an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s “Trainspotting”. After months of sobering up from our afterparty, we’re finally ready to start uploading footage from it. Here’s the opening five minutes of the show which fortunately/unfortunately cuts off right before I nervously staggered across the stage wondering how exactly I ended up there…


Trainspotting Promotional Images

May 29, 2008

As some of you may know, I’m very much a part of The Devious Theatre Company – a theatrical troupe of scallywags who put on shows in the wee town of Kilkenny. I’ve been a with them from the beginning and have created all their promotional imagery for the past two years. This summer, we are fortunate enough to be performing a stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting. For me, this is genuinely an honour, a privilage and above all else, a challenge, to help create the promotional work for it.

From day one, we’ve decided to keep any and all imagery as seperate from the Danny Boyle movie as possible. Not that the film that came out over 10 years ago did it wrong, far from it! I think I and the rest of the Devious clan felt that emulating the “look” of that movie was far too easy. Too much of a cop out and frankly, lacks any originality or innovation on our behalf.

So what we came up with was this:

An initial teaser – An A3 sized image, utilising a colour palette consisting of brown, green and yellow. No orange and black combos for us. No siree bob thank you very much.

An ongoing series of character promos – Each showcasing the actor in their respective role and gradually presenting our vision of the seedy underbelly of 80’s Edinburgh. Each actor would be placed in a situation or location, relative to their lifestyles, surrounding or more specifically, an even from their own story. For instance, Spud sits on bed clothes, soaked in runny shite; Begbie leans against a pool table in a dark, smokey public house etc.

Finally, we will end the promotional run with a Final Poster – This will present our core cast, in character, together for all to see. The poster will contain all final details such as booking details, ticket prices etc.

As of today (29th of May) we’re 4 character promos in and I must say, I’m quite satisfied with how they are going so far. Doing the photoshoots on location has proved to be a blessing and was something I knew I wanted to do from the beginning. Green screen is all well and good, but you really couldn’t have “faked” some of the backdrops we got here. Besides, istockphoto can only provide you so much!

I thought it might be worthwhile to present some of the images here and see how the layers progressed to the final version. Shooting on location can only get you some of the way. Mr. Photoshop takes us the rest of the way….

the evolution of spud