Two Little Boys, A Followup

It’s been a while since I posted any kind of an update on these two guys, introduced to family life in December 2011 from a local dog rescue (or local enough anyway). Absolutely and without a doubt one of the best things ever done was to take these two boys on. We went for one, wound up with two and wouldn’t trade them for a thing in the world.

Bolt - Terrier Cross

Buzz - Beagle

Announcing Little Deviations: Volume 1

Little Deviations

Little Deviations: Volume 1 is the next work of theatre I’ll be presenting with The Devious Theatre Company, this August bank holiday weekend.

Little Deviations is a showcase of rehearsed works in progress – extracts of full length productions that are by no means the finished product, but give you a look at what the company will potentially be doing over the next few years.

Works include John Kennedy’s Girls In Africa, John Morton’s Tenterhooks, Peter McGann & John Morton’s The Hellfire Squad, Kevin Mooney & John Doran’s Some Flood and Adrian Kavanagh’s The Union.

This is the first stage production for The Devious Theatre Company in almost 12 months, the last being a touring run of John Kennedy’s Phantasm which closed in August 2012. Since then it’s been a whole lot of plotting, planning, twisting, turning, financing and everything else in between.

This is the first production for 2012 but certainly won’t be the last.

Let’s just say I’ll have my work cut out for me over the next few months.

Little Deviations: Volume 1 runs at Cleere’s Theatre, 28 Parliament Street, Kilkenny on August 2 and 3. Tickets are limited to 60 persons per night and Little Deviations will not be restaged. You can buy those limited tickets online now or make a reservation in advance by phoning 056 7762573.

Testing Vine

Vine was a topic of discussion as a promotional tool in a production meeting yesterday. From the outside, I still don’t get it. For now. Having gone through the Editor’s Picks section, you get a real feel for the kind of content that can be gold on a service like it, comedy certainly high on the agenda.

Available for iOS and Android devices, Vine allows tap-and-shoot video to create short looping clips, with audio, and share them online. Twitter acquired the app back in October of last year, the Android version only released this month to those running version 4.0 or greater.

Limited to six seconds of video, have you tried Vine? Are you getting good use from it?

Team KCLR Cycling For Chernobyl

Team KCLR on Day 2
Team KCLR on Day 2 – L-R: Fitzy, Stephen Byrne, Edwina Grace, John Walsh, Myself, John Keane

For the past few weeks, some of the on-air team of KCLR have been prepping for the annual Mary Slattery Memorial Cycle, a charity cycle run each June bank holiday weekend by the Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group for Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International.

Having taken part myself the past two years (including the near biblical conditions of 2012), the weather turned terrific for the 2013 outing, kicking off in Cork after the birthday celebrations on Friday night to make it to Dungarvan on Saturday and on to Kilkenny yesterday.

Team KCLR on Day 1
Team KCLR at the first water stop on Day 1. L-R: Stephen Byrne, John Walsh, John Keane, David ‘Fitzy’ Fitzpatrick, Myself. Pic: Edwina Grace

I could have done with a few more weeks on the bike in the build-up but came through both 80+ km days without any real physical or mental difficulties. The longest I’d managed to put in on the bike all this year before the weekend was a 36-ish spin on Friday morning before handing over the bike so squeezing in 160km unscathed over the weekend is a good result.

Also a good result is word that by Saturday evening, the fundraising efforts of the cycle had generated over €37,000 with cards and donations still coming in across the weekend. There’s an auction for two tickets for Bruce Springsteen in Nowlan Park that continues until the end of KCLR Breakfast with John Walsh tomorrow morning and text lines are still open for late donations by texting DONATE CHERNOBYL to 57777 (1.50 per message).

There’s nothing like a weekend on the bike to give you back the appetite you had for cycling. Such is the case with the Cork to Kilkenny cycle and with the grandest of stretches in the evening upon us, it’s time to capitalise on that. Wedding looming and whatnot.

To all involved in making the cycle possible – you’re all stars. Honestly, you can’t find fault or flaw in any of the organisation for the weekend, everyone crossed the line in high spirits, still in one piece (albeit some more sore than others) and more again pledging to join in the craic next year.

Here’s to making it four years running…

Hot Water Bottle at Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

John Morton’s Hot Water Bottle (Mycrofilms) gets a debut Kilkenny screening this weekend at the Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival‘s Kitty Flicks in the Watergate Theatre this coming Saturday afternoon at 4pm. It’s a full afternoon of comedy short movies and following on from the premiere screening at the Cork Film Festival last year, it will be the first time Kilkenny audiences will be able to see the local film in full.

Hot Water Bottle was produced with assistance from the Kilkenny Arts Office at Kilkenny County Council and was filmed over the course of four seasons in Kilkenny city.

For more, see mycrofilms.com/hotwaterbottle

KenMcGuire.ie

Currently enjoying an upswing in blogging across various blogs from late 2011, I’ve finally settled on using kenmcguire.ie as a personal blog. Yes, the food, arts, and music are still getting attention, along with the events but as the content spin on kenmc.com weighs far more heavily on technology side than anything else (outside of 2011), I’m using kenmcguire.ie as a personal outlet for photos and projects I’m working on in 2012 so you might start seeing that one pop up a bit more on Twitter and Facebook.

After spending so long deliberating what direction to take kenmc.com in, I figure a complete change is as good as the rest.

Happy New Year to all.

One Hell Of A Bash

While my blogging continues primarily over at AnyGivenFood.com, I’ve been keeping myself busy in the past few weeks with the above – bash:latterday plays by The Devious Theatre Company. It’s been a good year for me so far in terms of theatre, producing three shows with DTC, working with Watergate Productions, bringing shows to festivals in Dublin and Cork and now, moving on to my fifth and final theatrical production of the year.

This year also marked five years on the go for The Devious Theatre Company and has been a massive transition year for us. We spent the first six months of the year working as artists in residence with Kilkenny County Council’s Arts Office on our In The Future When All’s Well residency and having recently gone through the company formation process, we’ve secured a physical home for the theatre for the foreseeable future, allowing us to spend more time developing work and planning and plotting our 2012 and 2013 calendars.

bash, for me, presents a theatrical homecoming of sorts as it’s our first major production to stage in the intimate surrounds of Cleere’s Theatre in Kilkenny since we revisited Heart Shaped Vinyl in 2007 for an updated run of our debut production in 2006. It is, as they say, where the magic happened for us in the first place and we’ll be looking to recreate that from October 17th to 22nd.

What is this ‘bash’ you speak of?

bash was first performed in 1999. It became quickly renowned for its shocking and unflinching portrayals of everyday evil with the New York Times calling it ‘insistently brutal’. Like much of LaBute’s work, it exposes the dark and sinister undercurrents of clean cut middle American life. The play was considered so shocking at the time that LaBute was disfellowshipped by the Church Of Latter Day Saints, of whom the characters in bash are members.

The play consists of 3 stories with a loose basis on Greek mythology, transposed to modern America. Delivered in monologues that are conversational, breezy, natural and ultimately gutwrenching, bash examines the horrific lengths that human beings go to in order to stay in control of their lives.

In iphigenia in orem a young utah businessman recounts a particularly chilling confession to a stranger in a Las Vegas hotel room. It will be performed by John Morton and directed by myself.

a gaggle of saints sees a young couple document the violent events of a romantic weekend away in New York. It will be performed by Amy Dunne and myself and directed by Annette O’Shea.

In medea redux a young woman tells the ultimately tragic tale about a romance with her high school teacher when she was a teenager. It will be performed by Annette O’Shea and directed by John Morton.

Neil LaBute’s plays include The Shape Of Things, The Mercy Seat, Fat Pig, Wrecks and reasons to be pretty. His film work includes In The Company Of Men, Your Friends And Neighbours, Nurse Betty and Possession.

Neil LaBute’s bash: latterday plays runs in Cleere’s Theatre, Kilkenny from October 17th – 22nd at 8pm nightly. Bookings can be made on 056 – 7762573. Tickets are €12 and are available to buy online now (subject to booking fee).