Monthly Archive May 2016

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2016 Nominees and Award Winners Announced

The award winners and nominees for the 2016 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival were announced last night at our closing Gala and Awards Night at the Teachers’ Club.

Festival Artistic Director Brian Merriman paid an emotional tribute to Sean Meehan as a new award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Gender or Identity’ was inaugurated in his memory.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners as well as all of the production companies and individuals who participated in IDGTF 2016.

 

Full list of nominees and winners:

 

Hilton Edwards Award for Best Aspect of Production

Nominees:

  • Brian Fleming: for use of multi-media in ‘A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade’, IRL
  • Mark Power, Cal Folger Day and Sean Denyer: for music and lyrics in ‘The Ref’, IRL
  • ‘Sexmaniac. Anarchist Theatre for the Mentally Unhinged’, Germany: for Design
  • Dood Paard company  ‘Botox Angels’, Netherlands for Design
  • Sean Denyer:  Marketing campaign ‘The Ref’, IRL

WINNER

Mark Power, Cal Folger Day and Sean Denyer: music and lyrics in The Ref, IRL


 

Doric Wilson Award for Intercultural Dialogue

Nominees:

  • King’s Head Theatre production of F*cking Men, UK
  • Peter Darney/Julie  Addy for 5 Guys Chillin’, UK
  • Brian Fleming ‘A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade’, IRL
  • Colette Cullen and Home You Go for ‘YES’, IRL
  • Rob Ward for ‘Gypsy Queen’, UK

WINNER:

Peter Darney/Julie  Addy for 5 Guys Chillin’, UK


 

Eva Gore Booth Award for Best Female Performance

Nominees:

  • Jess Bryson, Jess, ‘Word Play’, Canada
  • Gabrielle Shepherd, The Maiden, ‘Waking Beauty’, UK
  • Denise Quinn, Gina, ‘YES’, IRL
  • Lynda Sturner, Helen, ‘Superlubricated’, USA
  • Virginia Baeta, Marissa/Sister Ann, ‘Nun of the Above’, USA

WINNER:

Lynda Sturner, Helen, ‘Superlubricated’, USA


 

Patrick Murray Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Gay Theatre

WINNER:

Grouse Lodge Academy, Technical volunteers


 

Sean Meehan Award for Outstanding Contribution to Gender or Identity

Nominees:

  • The Minerva Collective for ‘Waking Beauty’ UK
  • Dood Paard Theatre Company ‘Botox Angels’, Netherlands
  • Fenia  Apostolou, ‘Bellelen Helen of Troy’, Greece
  • Michael Bay, ‘Sexmaniac…’, Germany
  • Ara B, ‘Turning 18’, Iran

WINNER:

Michael Bay, ‘Sexmaniac. Anarchist Theatre for the Mentally Unhinged’, Germany


 

Micheál MacLiammóir  Award for Best Male Performance

Nominees:

  • Michael Bates, Roger Casement, ‘McKenna’s Fort’, Ireland
  • Gerard Logan, Wilde, ‘Wilde Without A Boy’ & ‘Ballad of Reading’ Gaol, UK
  • Michael Bay, Sexmaniac…, Germany
  • Elliot Headley, ‘5 Guys Chillin’’, UK
  • Richard de L’Isle, various, ‘F*cking Men’, UK

WINNER:

Elliot Headley, 5 Guys Chillin’, UK


 

Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing

Nominees:

  • Nick May and Jess Bryson, ‘Word Play’, Canada
  • Peter Darney, 5 Guys Chillin’ UK
  • Brian Fleming ‘A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade’, IRL
  • Andrew Deering, ‘Dear  Attracta’, IRL
  • Arnold Thomas Fanning, ‘Mc Kenna’s Fort’, IRL

WINNER:

Arnold Thomas Fanning, ‘McKenna’s Fort‘, Ireland

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Ticket status for upcoming shows – Don’t miss out

Tickets are selling fast for many weekend shows.

  • Please ensure that you arrive at the show at least 15 minutes before the start time.  Shows must start on time and it won’t be possible to admit late-comers.
  • Buying tickets at the door?  Please check this post for regular updates.  Again best to arrive early to guarantee a seat.
  • Don’t forget our €10 matinee shows.  Not only are they great value but it’s another chance to see heavily selling shows.

SOLD OUT:

There may be a couple of standby tickets at the door but otherwise no more tickets available.

  • No shows sold out yet

ALMOST SOLD OUT

A small number of tickets may be available on the door but pre-booking is strongly recommended to guarantee a seat.

  • ‘5 Guys Chillin’ : Fri May 13
  • ‘F*cking Men’ : Fri May 13

SELLING FAST (BUT STILL AVAILABILITY):

(For these shows you should be able to get tickets at the door but pre-booking is recommended.  Please arrive in good time for the performance)

  • ‘Remember Me’ : Fri May 13
  • ‘Dear Attracta’ : Fri May 13

GOOD AVAILABILITY

All other Friday and Saturday performances still have reasonably good availability.  However keep checking for updates.

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Festival Review 2016: F*cking Men

This series of interwoven short gay stories by Joe Dipietro, arrives direct from Kings Head Theatre London.  Three fit, handsome and talented actors introduce us to about a dozen men active on the online and sauna circuit.  From the closeted soldier, to the partnered banker, the playwright, screen star and the more consistent 23 year old blonde escort, who appears to be more down to earth than all his older encounters.

The production has more on stage costume changes than lighting changes, as inhibition is thrown out of the window, in the lustful scenarios acted out in cupboards, hotels, parks and saunas. The multi role playing is carried off skilfully in a well directed one hour of fast paced theatre.  The evenly cast ensemble glide into their roles that connect with an audience well satisfied by eye candy, but without doubt, hugely impressed by the theatre performance of all three actors. 

The journey goes from sexy Twink, through to live in partners with a seven year itch and out into high powered gays whose intimacy is now a commodity to be published or purchased. Quality theatre from London’s Kings Head Theatre.

 

F*cking Men, Players Theatre, TCD, nightly 730pm (matinee Sat 230) first part of a great value double bill (2 plays for €25).
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Festival Review 2016: 5 Guys Chillin’

This excellent production from Kings Head Theatre must rank as one of the most graphic and hard hitting ever staged in the festival.  The first rate cast of five fit guys are totally believable as they strip down, chill out and recite the graphic stories of real men whose life on the gay scene is reliant on drugs and sex. It is a shocking story. The absence of morality challenges the audience to morally respond to the stories of a couple, a Pakistani married father, a young American and a Welsh HIV positive guy. The basis of their “friendship” is to party. They know each other’s bodies but they don’t know the people. The only offer of comfort is sex, empathy is expressed through another hit.

Using real testimony of gay men who live their lives on the chem sex circuit, this play written and directed by Peter Darney is riveting theatre. It answers a lot of questions. Now free, there is a section of the gay community that has recreated its own underground. The ghetto is their home. There is a silent clock ticking behind this as the characters struggle for the attention gay guys get when they are young, which wanes unless relationships are made and thrive. This play offers a real insight into the gay obsession with gym fit bodies – it is all that is seen at these parties. It answers why so many “ex twinks” see no future other than suicide, so they hurl themselves towards premature death. The human sub plots, the loss and desperation for intimacy instead of sex, are stark and touching.

This wonderfully scripted and directed ensemble are not chilling as much as we shiver in the chill of one of the best pieces of harsh, realistic contemporary theatre to grace a festival stage. Don’t miss it!

5 Guys Chillin, Players Theatre, TCD until Saturday 9pm. €15 or Venue ticket for two plays €25. Matinee 4pm Saturday with post show discussion on chem sex, HIV etc.
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Week 2: Erotic, Funny, Intelligent, Moving Drama – Starting Today

We have a completely new line-up of productions starting from 7:30pm this evening and running until Saturday.


Our week two programme has something for everyone, including:

 
CELEBRATE EQUAL MARRIAGE!
 
If you enjoyed ‘The Ref‘ in week one, you’ll love these must-see shows looking at Marriage Equality and its impact on everyone – male, female, gay, straight.
 
Proposal Under the Rainbow – Equal Marriage (…with a Few Hurdles in the Way)
Proposal Under the Rainbow

A man plans to marry his fiancé – both successful and in love.
One small problem… he must first face his future mother in law – Lady Dorothy – and she is not going to give her son away easily!

Don’t miss this comedy, showing that the battle for marriage is not quite over yet!
May 9 – 14 @ 9pm; Matinee May 14 @ 4pm
 

 

YES – How Marriage Equality Changed Our Lives
 
YESA lesbian in a committed relationship, a gay activist, a student and the mother of a gay son…
Ireland said YES and their lives were transformed.
Recapture the excitement and drama of the referendum in this funny and moving drama.
7:30pm Mon-Sat; 2:30pm Sat 14; Over 18’s only
 
 
THE SECRET LOVE LIVES OF GAY MEN EXPLORED
 
Like the perfect date – the characters in these shows are attractive, sexual and intimate.


However beware – beneath the surface lie hidden desires and secrets waiting to be revealed.


Behind the adult themes and a dash of humour these shows also pose deeper questions about relationships, intimacy and the sexual activity of LGBT people.
 
F*cking Men – Candid, Lustful … and Moving
F_cking Men
 
This smash-hit play from the King’s Head Theatre in London finally reaches Dublin!

Follow the stories of 10 men looking for erotic encounters and maybe more.

Candid, lustful and brutally honest.
7:30pm Mon-Sat; 2:30pm Sat 14; Over 18’s only
 

 

5 Guys Chillin’ – Hidden Encounters of Real Men Revealed
5 Guys Chillin'
Another play from London looking at the sex lives of men – the secretive world of ‘Chemsex’ and online hook-ups.
Based on real interviews with real men don’t miss this critically acclaimed piece.

See this and F*cking Men for only €25 with our Venue Ticket

 

9pm; Mon-Sat; 4pm Sat 14; Over 18’s only
 
 
Away From Home – A Male Escort & a Premiership Footballer
Away From Home

A male escort meets a Premiership footballer for regular, secret encounters.
However in our tabloid age some secrets can’t be kept forever…

An intelligent, funny play looking at a closeted gay footballer and homophobia in sport.
9pm; Mon-Sat; Adult themes

 

Remember Me – An Explosive Encounter With Your Ex
Remember Me
 
A man meets his ex – both looking for comfort and intimacy.
Things however don’t quite go to plan as feelings are laid bare in a roller-coater of romance, raw emotion and revealed secrets.

7:30pm; Matinee May 14 @ 2:30pm 

 
 
 
 
 
Sexmaniac
Alex seems to be an attractive, respectable, mid-twenties guy.

But this is all a lie… Watch his world collapse as he succumbs to all of his desires and fantasies.
May 9 – 14 @ 9pm; Matinee May 14 @ 4pm

 
 

 
ENJOY AN EVENING OF COMEDY (… AND LEARN A FEW THINGS ALONG THE WAY… )
 
Fancy an evening of comedy? 

Our week two shows feature a diverse range of comic characters ready to tell these stories and even dish out a few tips on relationships and life!
 
Erect But Unstable – A Comedic Cabaret of the Ups and Downs of Love
Erect But Unstable
 
John Arthur Sweet brings his award-winning comedy to Dublin.


Playing multiple characters from Montreal’s Gay Village, he will teach you a thing or two about love and relationships with sharp observations and many laughs.


7:30pm; Matinee May 14 @ 2:30pm
 
 
 
 
Must Be Nice – All Irish Families Have Their Secrets!
Must Be Nice
 
Jimmy Doyle tells the hilarious story of growing up gay in an American/Irish Catholic family.  Like all Irish families they are tribally loyal but full of secrets.

From Hollywood to a farm in Ireland, Jimmy will reveal all in this comedy  show, produced by singer Brian Kennedy.
 
May 9 – 14 @ 9pm; Matinee May 14 @ 4pm
 
 
 
 
 

Dear Attractra – Late-Night Love Advice (and Songs!)
 
Dear AttractaUnlucky in love? Feeling down? Don’t worry, agony aunt Attracta Tension is here to solve your problems…
With candid advice, sharp wit and a few songs thrown in – laughter is definitely the best therapy!

From the team that brought you ‘Angela She Wrote: Lansbury the Musical’
 
May 13, 14 only @ 10:15pm
 
 

 



 
FOR THOSE WHO WANT IT ALL… CHECK OUT OUR SHORTS

International Theatre Shorts – Moving, Funny, Diverse Short Plays from Around the World
 
International Shorts

Turning 18
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nun of the AboveSuperlubricated
 
 
 
 

Too busy to see all our shows? Want moving stories, love, lust and laughs all in one night?


Then check out our ever-popular programme of International Shorts.

From coming out in Iran, to lesbian nuns, Julie Andrews and contraception.

A varied and entertaining night for four short plays is guaranteed.

 

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#FeministsAwake! Powerful stories by women, about women at IDGTF

Amazing Women’s Theatre Happening Right Now

For 14 years IDGTF has proudly provided a platform for women to perform their works, told the stories of women’s lives, celebrated outstanding women forgotten by history and supported female playwrights.

 


#WakingTheFeminists 2015: hundreds of women (and supporters) gathered at the Abbey to question the lack of representation of women in theatre for 2016…
 
We are putting women on the stage right now in 2016.  Now is your chance to stand up for women in theatre!

Our productions by women and about women need your support – not just to support women who are on stage and making theatre – but because their stories are powerful, compelling and exciting.
 
#FeministsAwake! POWERFUL THEATRE BY WOMEN & ABOUT WOMEN
 
Check out some highlights from our ‘Feminists Awake’ programme – plays by women, about women’s lives, sexuality and the crucial role heroic women have played to shape modern Ireland and the world.
 
From Helen of Troy to the brave women of 1916 to young women today breaking the mould and defying social taboos!  Comedy, drama, cabaret and more.

FESTIVAL WEEK 1: ONLY 2 DAYS REMAINING – SHOWS ENDING MAY 7
 
Botox Angels – Feminism, Sexuality, Power, Art
Botox Angels
 

Three women defy social conventions to live as a three-way couple and celebrate female sexuality, identity and art.
However things don’t always go to plan in this intelligent, witty and very colourful drama!
 
 

 
Bellelen Helen of Troy – Look Beyond Appearances
Bellelen
 
A group of lustful men watch a beautiful woman perform for them.
But as her dance unfolds she reveals her powerful inner story as the legendary Helen of Troy.
 
A moving piece celebrating the strength of women from the legends of ancient Greece to the modern day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Waking Beauty – A Modern Fairy Tale With a Twist
Waking Beauty
 
The classic fairy tale: a beautiful young woman meets a handsome prince and they live happily ever after…

 


Not here! This young woman secretly desires a beautiful and mysterious stranger and no prince or spell can keep them apart.
A romantic tale that cleverly challenges the usual clichés, by a talented group of young Irish women.

 
 
 
Eirebrushed – Uncovering The Amazing Heroines of 1916

 

Eirebrushed
 
Eirebrushed looks at the LGBT heroes of 1916 and reclaims their voices.
But more than challenging the accepted story of Padraig Pearse and Roger Casement, this play celebrates two heroic women – Elizabeth O’Farrell and Eva Gore-Booth who were ‘airbrushed’ from history.
These two amazing heroines return to share their revolutionary and courageous contributions in 1916.
 
 
 
And In My Heart

The true story of a Dublin woman in love with another, on the cusp of the Rising in 1916.

Told mostly in her actual words, Honor Molloy reveals  the true story of her great aunt. 

Presented in the Irish Historical Shorts along with ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ and ‘The Gentleman Caller’ three short plays revealing the fight in Ireland to love who you wanted to love.
 
 
 ‘Seriously. Camp. Cabaret’ – A Night of Cabaret & Burlesque
Seriously Camp Cabaret 
Every gender and sexual identity is gloriously celebrated in a magic night of music and performance from classics to hidden gems.
 
 
 
Word Play
 
 
 
Finally… don’t miss Word Play – a gay man thinks he gets all the abuse in life but his straight female friend has a few observations of her own to share!  A comedy about friendship, exploring the labels we give both women and gay men… with some beer thrown in.

 
 
 
 
 

WEEK 2: STARTING MONDAY MAY 9TH
 
International Theatre Shorts – Nuns, Julie Andrews and more!
 

 
International Shorts

Our second programme of International Short plays looks at LGBT people from around the world.
Julie Andrews, nuns, lesbian love stories, condoms and a moving coming out story from Iran all feature in this diverse programme in the lovely Cobalt Café.
 
 
‘YES’ – Marriage Equality And How It Changed Our Lives
 
YES
The majority said one simple word; for a minority that word meant everything.

If you have enjoyed The Ref then check out this drama that captures the excitement of the 2015 Marriage Equality Referendum and its impact.
A new play from Colette Cullen.
 
 

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Reviews: Botox Angels, Bellelen Helen of Troy, McKenna’s Fort, Word Play

Check out the reviews of some of our week 1 shows at
TheOutMost.com including a 5-star review for Botox Angels.  Full reviews now here at www.gcn.ie.

Botox Angels:
***** – Inspirational accessories are used to underline the performances, which go hand-in-hand with the dialogue, complete with elements of clowning, dancing and slapstick. The energy is infectious, and the performances are flawless.

McKenna’s Fort:
**** – This play draws the audience in from the start, with Bates bringing Robert Casement to life with a lightness of touch.

Word Play:
**** – great timing and have a great connection, and it’s the kind of show that has you debating with your friends afterwards. Go see it if you enjoy banter, exploring the playful use and misuse of words and watching performers who are totally in tune with each other.

Additional review for Botox Angels

“It seems like Botox Angels just has it all. Apart from the phenomenal script and great acting, the play is filled with wonderfully choreographed movements.”Yana Writes About Theatre

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Review 2016: Word Play

Festival review: Word Play

This high speed zany comedy from Canada is infectious. Our two young attractive characters Jess and Nick are feckless, lazy and full of themselves – like a next generation ‘Will and Grace’ friendship. They hate their workplace an all night restaurant with a pretty gross clientele.

They do a certain amount of work but are wrapped up in themselves – straight girl and boyfriended male friend. They are self obsessed drinkers who when they are together neither see nor hear anyone else (not even straight co-worker) John – the cinderella of the story.  John does everything to be included and the ‘ugly sisters’ are having nothing to do with it. A lovey cameo role that draws the empathy of an audience.

No, Word Play is not a childrens story even if Nick and Jess are childish in their assertions – it is contemporary modern and at times raw. The delivery is so fast paced it is like eaves dropping on a highly charged conversation where we are all on the same wavelength. Sometimes they shout over each other, other times they can’t as one of them is drinking stolen booze. There is real skill in the seemingly casual delivery.

They hug, reaffirm, insult, reject, challenge and question every word uttered in their end of shift ritual. The friendship is deep but there are boundaries. They love taboos and breaking them. Am I slim fat? Is that a name you called me or a term of affection? They are loud, opinionated and self effacing in their razor sharp humour.

If you are lucky, you will be offered a free beer, but don’t imbibe too much because you need all your wits to keep up with this marvellously delivered, very funny fast paced story. Word Play proves Nick and Jess do make a play about words and word plays matter. Runs until Saturday, you will laugh and love it!

 

Outhouse, 105 Capel Street runs until Saturday 9pm.