Posts Tagged ‘kilkenny’


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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Vultures – Bonus Footage: Date Preparations

April 16, 2009

Episode 4 of Vultures dealt with dates: Poisoned ones. But not the ones you eat. The ones you go on. With a ladyfriend.

“The Case of the Poisoned Dates” hit the internet last January and in case you didn’t get enough of that story, here’s some bonus footage featuring two missing scenes and one extended take. In it, Vultour ineptly prepares for his faux-date with TY Work Experience girl, Janine Drew, whilst Dan McGrain nervously practices his introduction to Jane. Tennyson’s plans are less romantic as he plans a trip to the picturehouse. Hopefully this snippet will make up for the serious lack of Fred Bass and Spade in Episode 4. Enjoy!

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The Choice Music Prize 2009

March 4, 2009

RSAG Choice Music Prize 2009

There’s no question that 2008 was a great year for Irish music. We were bombarded with a whole host of debut albums from exciting new acts and incredible follow-ups from well established artists. Tonight at Vicar Street, the Choice Music Prize will be awarded to what is deemed to be the Best Irish Album of 2008. Chosen by a panel of twelve media professionals, the Choice Award is a chance to garner recognition for an Irish album that deserves to be heard by an even wider audience.

Over the past few years, the Choice Music Prize almost always hits the nail on the head with it’s shortlists, yet throws an unexpected curveball when it comes to actually awarding the prize. The award has never gone to the bookies favourite and it’s almost always the critical darling that has not yet found mass appeal that’s walked home with the prize. 2005’s “13 Songs” by Julie Feeney is possibly the best example of this.

This year I’m a little more interested in the Choice Music Prize than usual as Kilkenny man Jeremy Hickey (under the mantle of Rarely Seen Above Ground) has gotten a nod for his blisteringly good “Organic Sampler”. Rarely Seen Above Ground deliver percussion-filled psychedelia that is unlike anything else out there so if you haven’t already got your mitts on the album, I strongly suggest you do. It is simply an audible joy to behold. Best of luck to you Jeremy! I’ll be there tonight, more than likely making a lot of noise.

Rarely Seen Above Ground: MySpace

The shortlist in full:
R.S.A.G. “Organic Sampler”
Jape “Ritual”
Lisa Hannigan “Sea Sew”
Halfset “Another Way of Being There”
Fight Like Apes “Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion”
Mick Flannery “White Lies”
David Holmes “The Holy Pictures”
Messiah J & The Expert “From The Word Go”
Oppenheimer “Take The Whole Mid-Range And Boost It”
The Script “The Script”


Vultures – The Case of the Poisoned Dates is online now!

February 3, 2009


The latest thrilling installment of the adventures of Vulture Private Investigations has hit the internet! I HAD taken the liberty of attaching the episode to this very blog post, however WordPress has entirely spazzed out on me. Hmmm…. So to view the episode I would kindly ask you to visit our website as it not only contains this and all the previous episodes but also extensive photo galleries, character profiles and various other bits and bobs and odds and ends.

Feedback of any nature at all is more than welcome. Enjoy!



Vultures – Episode 4 goes online Sunday!

January 28, 2009

The Case of the Poisoned Dates

I’m extremely proud and excited to say that this coming Sunday (1st February), episode 4 of our wee webcom (that means “web comedy”) will hit the interwebs! Above you will see the title card for the show that is an homage (ie. rip-off) of Saul Bass’ work. Ah, that man certainly knew how to do monochromatic, abstract poster design. We’re currently knee deep in the editing process, where Alan “Nat” Slattery is snipping away at the running time with a pair of digital scissors. The plot of the newest detective caper? See this:

“Our newest episode sees the arrival in the V.P.I. offices of a TY student on work experience. Played by Suzanne O’Brien, Janine Drew is brash, ambitious and what in social circles is known as a ‘chav.’ Her appointment coincides with a series of errant romantic entanglements that degenerate into a potential powder keg of social embarrassment, messy divorce cases and extreme violence.”

As if that wasn’t enough, the cast and crew of Vultures are currently in the thick of filming episode 5 (penultimate!) and episode 6 (ultimate!). Slaving away under hot lights, we’re striving to have the concluding parts of of the adventures of VPI online very soon. Stay tuned!

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Janine Drew: Work Experience

Say NO to Pinkertons!


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…