A modern take on Night of the Living Dead

The Devious Theatre Company are gearing up for what will be one of the biggest stage productions of the year in Kilkenny.

The Devious Theatre Company are gearing up for what will be one of the biggest stage productions of the year in Kilkenny.

Their brand new stage version of George Romero’s classic horror movie Night Of The Living Dead opens on July 24 in The Watergate Theatre and runs until July 28.

It is the first time any version of the work has been performed in Ireland.

The new production has been written by John Morton and Connie Walsh based on the screenplay for the original movie. It has been transposed from a farmhouse in rural Philadelphia in 1968 to a ghost estate in the southeast of Ireland in 2012. It tells the story of a group of disparate strangers trapped in an abandoned house after an unknown crisis causes the dead to come back and attack the living.

This new theatrical version uses the story to examine present day issues in a fear and gripped modern day Ireland. Like the originalmovie, it is a darkly comic satire that depicts the capacity for horrific acts in normal people during times of crisis. The original movie gave birth to what is best known as the ‘zombie’ genre of movies. It is still regarded as one of the greatest pieces of

horror cinema of all time.

The highly anticipated production is directed by John Morton and produced by Ken McGuire of Devious Theatre. It features a large ensemble cast including Angela Barrett, Philip Brennan, Darragh Byrne, Alex Christle, Anne Cody, Alan Doyle, Hazel Doyle, Michael Hayes, Adrian Kavanagh, John Kennedy, Kevin Mooney, Niamh Moroney, Aoibhín Murphy, Eddie Murphy, Maria Murray, Colin O’Brien, Nuala Roche, Connie Walsh, David Thompson and Paul Young.

The build up to the show’s opening has included a variety of tie in events and releases. The special edition soundtrack EP by local musician Replete was released last week and can be purchased at devioustheatre.bandcamp.com.

Tonight sees a screening of the original movie taking place in Billy Byrne’s on John Street as part of their Wednesday night movie series. Devious Theatre have also just released a short movie prologue, based on the famous opening scene of the movie CoNproduced with local film outfit Mycrofilms, which stars Connie Walsh and Philip Brennan as siblings Babs and Johnny as they visit their parents grave on a particularly ominous evening. It can be viewed on devioustheatre.com

and Night Of The Living and Dead will open at The Watergate Theatre from July24–28. Tickets are already available for booking at the Watergate Box Office on 056 –7761674 or online via WatergateTheatre.com.

For more information on the show, please visit devioustheatre.com or nightofthelivingdead.ie