DCU Drama comes out with show of monologues

Ceri Doyle

On 25th and 26th November, DCU Drama will debut “Renati: A Series of Monologues”, the first of their 2020-21 productions. The show, produced entirely online during the Covid-19 “Lockdown,” is unlike anything the society has ever done before.

“Renati”, with its name originating from the Latin word for regeneration, is a series of monologues, broken into three acts with short breaks between them. The show’s 11 actors will perform a variety of classical and contemporary monologues from several diverse writers and genres.

The show was rehearsed through individual and group Zoom meetings, making it an interesting new experience for the three directors, Eoin O’Reilly, Kate Brady and Mark Kilcawley, the producer, Gráinne Henry, and the cast alike.

“[I]t’s been a great opportunity to adapt to our current circumstances and prove that you’ll need more than a global pandemic to stop DCU Drama,” director, Eoin O’ Reilly said.

O’Reilly and the production team of “Renati” want to showcase the range and quality of the performers in the society, choosing pieces that will suit each actor and “give the audience a feeling for so many different genres of theatre.”’

Lisa Mullaly and Charlotte Cautley are cast members in the show. 

Mullaly, who is performing the monologue, “Scream If You Want To Go Faster” by Nick Teed, about an accident that happens on the way to a teenage sleepover, explains how each monologue in the show is “completely different”.

Cautley, who is performing a monologue from the play, “Eight”, about a teenage girl and her challenging relationship with her mother, said: “it’s something DCU Drama has never done before so I feel really lucky to be a part of it!” 

In the new venture for DCU Drama productions, “Renati” will be broadcast for audiences on YouTube. The cast will pre-record their monologues from their own homes, and Conor O’Neill, Brand Design Officer of DCU Drama, will edit the production. 

On doing DCU Drama’s cyber-shows shows this semester, O’Neill said: “I’m kind of glad we’re getting the opportunity to at least explore these new opportunities because now we know that it is possible to put on shows […] and we know that we’re still able to create content that people will engage with and will enjoy looking at”.

“Renati” is one of DCU Drama’s three shows this semester that will be produced online following the COVID-19 restrictions, as well as, “A Midwinter Night’s Dream”, and, “Start Swimming”. DCU Drama’s determination to continue to create their high quality shows despite the circumstances proves one thing: the show must go on.

This promising production is guaranteed to appeal to every audience member and is bound to be an unmissable performance of remarkable theatre.

“Renati: A Series of Monologues”, will premiere on YouTube on the 25th and 26th November, with tickets on sale for €2.

Ceri Doyle

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