FESTIVAL REVIEW: Three short plays by Momentum Acting studio, Players TCD 7.30pm Saturday matinee 2.30pm.
Pioneering gay playwright Neil La Bute’s two shorts combine seemlessly with Neil CK’s piece in a well choreographed and blended 70 minutes evening of theatre directed by Liza Michael and Robbie Byrne.
“The Possible” is an eerie piece which borderlines on homophobic as it projects the lesbian witch type of predator (Cherley Kane) who encircles her prey (Sophie Campbell) in a relentless pursuit of reluctance and insecurity abandoning all morality. It’s a well matched duo whose pace and connection impress in this chilling encounter or entrapment.
“Strange Fruit” is a little more of its time using a theme shared by Torch Song Trilogy – even if you find happiness there is no guarantee it will last. Mirror images see Padraic Mc Ginley’s (Tom) and a cheerful Jerry from Barry Mc Brien on the most important day of their lives. It’s a bit predictable for today but well played.
Louis CK has a right go on things in “The Morning After” where Wayne Davis (Horace) and Rhonda (Laura Thompson) decide to breakfast after a night of passion. It’s a lovely clash of the liberal philosophy of “live and let live” and “not in my back yard”played when humour is best used with a cutting edge.
This trio of plays is strongly and evenly cast with a wealth of talents and skilfully directed making for a night of great theatre by a talented company and great value.
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We celebrate the challenges and triumphs of LGBTQ youth in 2017.
From sexual awakening to the Leaving Cert, making dubious decisions to standing up for their beliefs our young people are on a roller-coaster journey of discovery!
Why not join them from April 30th with Bank Holiday Monday matinees from 2:30pm on May 1st.
Spool is an extraordinary dance / physical theatre piece involving the body ‘dancing’ with the mind of a confused young man.
How We GLOW tells the real stories of LGBTQ+ youth living in New York. Features with a series of shorts about being LGBT in America ‘Love Trumps Everything’.
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IDGTF is proud to provide a platform to showcase works by women and about women, with a particularly diverse and fascinating programme of works in 2017.
Following on from our general theme of exploring and celebrating identity, the women in these works are discovering who they are – from passion to deep friendship, from artists to criminals, from the voices of young women in modern New York to love in 1920’s Paris.
Lesbian, bi, trans, straight, questioning and from around the world … these women have powerful stories to tell.
Montparnasse – A tale of love and lust in the bohemian circles of 1920’s Paris. Two Canadian women inspire artists as live art models through their naked beauty and spirit of adventure.
Both Sides Now / Wasting Paper – a double-bill about young women exploring who they are through art.
In Both Sides Now Lydia tries to figure out her life and sexuality armed with some paper, an old guitar and the music of Joni Mitchell.
The Possible / Strange Fruit / The Morning After is a ‘ménage à trois’ of short plays featuring a wedding, a one-night stand and an affair. In The Possible one women takes drastic action to win over another… But has her scheming gone a bit too far?
The Elephant Girls is the extraordinary true story of an all-female gang in Victorian London. Gang-member Maggie sits down in a London pub to tell the whole story – desire, violence and an amazing slice of hidden history. Don’t miss this critically-acclaimed gem.
Love Trumps Everything / How We Glow gives you four pieces that explore the experiences of LGBTQ+ women and young people in America.
Love Trumps Everything is a series of short plays celebrating a pioneering woman who dared to break gender norms, the path to legally marry and dating in heaving.
How We Glow brings the real stories of LGBTQ New York teenagers to the stage – their identities, labels and their communities.
… and don’t miss Queers – the story of LGBTQ Londoners, including Carol – a teacher during the anti-gay ‘Section 28’ era and Sapphire – a proud trans woman.
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Our heroes and heroines are exploring their deepest desires and passions in 2017. In this heady mix of love, friendship, lust and sex prepare for some ups and downs!
Passionate friends and lovers, break-ups, rent-boys, questioning ‘straight’ men, young desires, fighters and hidden secrets – our programme has it all!
In Naked Soldier… a young man discovers his desire for other men. As he searches for new men, he reveals insights about dating and desire.
In Bleach… Tyler is a hedonistic and successful London rent-boy. But one night, two Viagra and three clients burst his bubble and change everything.
An Unexpected Party… a year after the death of a gay man, his sister and ex are about to meet to reconcile their feelings. But she’s drunk and he’s bringing his new boyfriend. Things are not going to go to plan!
Montparnasse… 1920s Paris. Two women reunite in the City of Love in a powerful tale of lust, love and art.
The Tearing Up of Fergal & Tim… Fergal and Tim’s ‘civilised’ break-up escalates into a full-on battle of the wills. In a double-bill with Fronting – on the night he decides to search for love again, a young HIV-positive man tells his roller-coaster story.
In Confessions of a Mormon Boy… we welcome back this hit true story! From innocent Mormon boy to New York rent-boy to finding ‘home’, Steven Fales’ funny and moving story is not to be missed.
In Gypsy Queen ‘Gorgeous’ George, a feared and admired Traveller boxer, develops a relationship with his coach’s gay son… Prepare for conflict inside and outside the ring!
A Peculiar Arrangement … Mike is engaged to Jenny, but then he meets John… A comedy about searching for love and acceptance in an every-changing world.
And don’t miss Queers where a cast of LGBTQ characters share their stories and embrace their identities, and ‘Love Trumps Everything‘ a series of US short-plays featuring marriage equality and heavenly dating!
WARNING: some of the above performances contain adult themes or nudity. See the full programme for more information.