Devious on a ‘phantasmic’ voyage

Devious Theatre will be debuting a new play in Cork at Solstice as part of Cork Midsummer Festival from tomorrow (Thursday) to Saturday, before bringing the production to Kilkenny later in the year.

Devious Theatre will be debuting a new play in Cork at Solstice as part of Cork Midsummer Festival from tomorrow (Thursday) to Saturday, before bringing the production to Kilkenny later in the year.

Phantasm is written by local writer John Kennedy and is described as “a comedy about new perspectives.” The short play chronicles a night in the lives of Frankie and Adam, two Leaving Cert students numbing themselves with anything they can get their hands on whilst they wait to move on in life. It’s a play that has been described as “a bit of romance, a bit of comedy and a bag of AK-47.”

Solstice is a multi-disciplinary arts event that runs as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. It’s now in its second year, and Devious Theatre is returning to Solstice after performing Smitten by John Morton at the event in 2011.

This is John Kennedy’s second play for Devious Theatre after last writing the acclaimed Shifting, which was performed in April 2011 as part of the company’s “In The Future When All’s Well” residency in the Kilkenny Arts Office.

It had previously been performed as a rehearsed reading for Fishamble’s Young People’s Tiny Plays For Ireland at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin in March 2012 with Don Wycherley and Kate Brennan in the leads. This marks the first full production of the play.

Phantasm stars Hazel Doyle and Colin O’Brien and is directed by John Morton and produced by Ken McGuire of Devious Theatre. The company is keeping busy with two productions this summer as they are also in the middle of rehearsals for the upcoming Irish stage premiere of Night of the Living Dead, which opens in the Watergate Theatre on July 24.

Phantasm will also be running in Kilkenny this coming August with dates to be announced in the coming weeks. For tickets to the Cork performances, see http://solsticecork.com/devious-theatre/.