Arts: Romance, comedy and a lot of drugs..

With the dust only just settled on their production of Night Of The Living Dead in The Watergate Theatre, Devious Theatre return to the Kilkenny stage with something completely different.

With the dust only just settled on their production of Night Of The Living Dead in The Watergate Theatre, Devious Theatre return to the Kilkenny stage with something completely different.

Phantasm is a Kilkenny set one act comedy about the relationship between a teenage drug dealer and his favourite customer over a particularly stormy winter night. Frankie and Adam are two Leaving Cert students looking for distractions. They want to escape from where they are and go somewhere else. Frankie likes the idea of Cork. Adam likes the idea of Andorra. As long as it’s not here, they don’t mind. Phantasm has a bit of romance, a bit of comedy and a lot of drugs. Most of all, it’s a snapshot of young people in a situation we can all empathise with: being on the verge of moving forward in life while threatening to fall backwards.

It is written by John Kennedy who previously wrote Shifting for Devious Theatre, which was performed in April 2011 as part of In The Future When All’s Well in Kilkenny Arts Office. Phantasm debuted at Solstice as part of Cork Midsummer Festival in June of this year and last played the Abhainn Rí Festival in Callan in early August. It had previously been performed as a rehearsed reading for Fishamble’s Young People’s Tiny Plays For Ireland at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin in March 2012 with Don Wycherley and Kate Stanley Brennan in the leads. This marks its first performance in Kilkenny City.

Devious Theatre have been making alternative theatre for young audiences since 2006 and have a habit of not repeating themselves much. One of the most prolific local theatre outfits, this marks their second production of 2012. Phantasm stars Hazel Doyle and Colin O’Brien as Adam and Frankie and is directed by John Morton, who last directed Night Of The Living Dead.

The play runs this year as part of the OUT For The Weekend festival and kicks off all events when it opens in Cleeres Theatre on Thursday (August 23) at 8pm. It runs until Saturday (August 25) with two performances each evening at 7pm and 10pm respectively. Tickets can be bought at Cleeres Theatre, Parliament Street or booked on 056 – 7762573. Online bookings can be made at tickets.devioustheatre.com. All tickets are €8. For more information on the show and the company, check out devioustheatre.com. For more on all events at OUT For The Weekend, please visit outfortheweekend.ie