Would a Rose by any other name be just as Devious?

Not too many of the women competing in the Rose of Tralee regional finals this weekend have covered themselves in blood along with their makeup, but Kilkenny’s contestant is “a cut above” in more ways than one.

Not too many of the women competing in the Rose of Tralee regional finals this weekend have covered themselves in blood along with their makeup, but Kilkenny’s contestant is “a cut above” in more ways than one.

In addition to taking to the competition stage in Portlaoise this weekend as the Kilkenny Rose, Aoibhín Murphy is also in rehearsals for a different stage appearance – in Devious Theatre’s upcoming production, Night of the Living Dead, in the Watergate Theatre.

Having made her Devious Theatre debut in last summer’s critically acclaimed production of Shifting, Aoibhín is half of the teen duo Tom and Judy in this summer’s show, which takes to the stage from July 24-28.

“They are our version of the teenage couple played by Keith Wayne and Judith Ridley in the original movie,” as Devious explains. “In 1968 America, they were a nice but dumb teenage couple hiding out in the cellar of a rural farmhouse. In 2012 Ireland, they’re a drunken, mouthy, obnoxious pair of teenage lovebirds, on the run from the infestation of living dead. If the only thing between them and getting out of Ireland is a horde of ghouls, then these two are going straight for the head.”

As their new promotional poster shows, she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty.

Fortunately, the Rose contest is known for being slightly less cut-throat.