The Roaring Banshees

A ripping yarn about a gang of Irish rebels taking on the Chicago underworld

“Director Sarah Baxter collaborated beautifully with McGann and Morton to create a production that is stylish and gripping as well as uproarious and horrific” – Broadway World

“McGann and Morton splice together two dramatic historical scenarios with hilarious effect…. Ali Fox and Nessa Matthews capture the nuances of the plays comic and tragic modes” – The Sunday Business Post

“On a floor resembling an Art Deco detail in Áine O’Hara’s set, the terrific ensemble are gathered into defiant poses, facing into great blasts of smoke” – Musings In Intermission

“A Scorcese-esque unraveling of the anti-hero and the extreme measures one will go to protect the ones they love” – The Kilkenny People

[blockquote_right]12 – 31 Aug 2019 at 7:30pm in Main Space

Saturday Matinees 2:30pm

NO SHOWS SUNDAYS[/blockquote_right]

Chicago, 1923.

After a failed assassination attempt on Eamon de Valera, a rogue Cumann na mBan unit flee across the Atlantic to escape the law. With Prohibition in full swing, they earn their keep by making bootleg poitín and selling it on to the Chicago mob. But it’s not long before a gang war breaks out with them caught in the middle, and the lethal skills they honed back home hunting Black and Tans are taken to the bullet-strewn streets of the Windy City. From Devious Theatre, the Kilkenny company behind the 2016 smash hit The Hellfire Squad, comes the second blood-soaked, blackly-comic installment of the Ripping Yarn Trilogy.

Nessa Matthews
Ali Fox
Clodagh Mooney Duggan
Aoife Spratt
Laura Brady
Amy Dunne
Áine Ní Laoghaire

Written by: Peter McGann + John Morton
Directed by: Sarah Baxter
Produced by: Clara Purcell
Set & Costume Design: Áine O’Hara
Lighting Design: John Gunning
Stage Manager: Sinead Heavin
Assistant Director: Jill McKeagney

Patrons please note this show contains sudden bright lights, smoke/haze effect and involves the smoking of herbal cigarettes on stage. Plus lots of bad language!

About the company…
Devious Theatre were founded in Kilkenny in 2006. We perform different works in different spaces for different audiences using different methods. Our work hops genre but stays rooted in a style of comedy we have honed over the years. We don’t like labels. Thus, our artistic credo is mostly ADHD based and fairly guerrilla. To this end, our goal is to kidnap as many young people away from gigs and cinemas and pubs and drag them to the theatre.

We have performed 25 productions to date, become the first theatre artists in residence in Kilkenny Arts Office, have won a PPI Award for Radio Drama and have had our work featured at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Galway Theatre Festival, Quarter, Electric Picnic, Collaborations Festival, West Cork Fit Up Festival and The Theatre Machine Turns You On among others.

Devious Theatre in the press

“This young company of performers, writers, and directors have been consistently producing top notch performances. It is clear that have their finger on the pulse of what their youthful audiences want” The Public Reviews

Praise for The Hellfire Squad

“McGann and Morton’s script manages to be historically accurate and hilarious” – Sunday Business Post

“A modern Irish classic” – Pure M Magazine

“An innovative view of the period and shows that we don’t have to treat the heroes of yesteryear with solemnity” – No More Workhorse

To find out more about Devious Theatre visit their website

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Age suitability: 14+
Running time: 130 minutes including interval
For group bookings of 8+ please call box-office on 01 677 0014 for rates

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