Yearly Archive 2021

ByIDGTF

’18 & Coming of Age’ – our new book is on sale now!

Our new book is on sale now! 18 and Coming of Age: The Director’s Cut features an anthology of works by our 2021 bursary recipients as well as the story of how the Festival reached its milestone birthday, by Festival Founder and Artistic Director Brian Merriman.

On sale via the Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Shop and secure online purchase via Ticketsolve (price €20, including national & international postage).

ByIDGTF

18TH FESTIVAL – PROGRAMME INTRODUCTION

IDGTF Festival founder and Artistic Director Brian Merriman launches our special 2021 online Festival.

Don’t miss the 13 productions on view in 2021, available until the end of June.

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Our 18th Festival is Live!

We are delighted to announce that our 2021 Online Festival is now available to stream online.

See the full programme and watch on-demand here.  But hurry, as the plays will only be available during this Pride month 2021.

We are delighted to support a wide range of Irish and international artists to make this possible.

We particularly want to thank Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride, without whom this would not have been possible, the Arts Council and our donors and friends who have kept us going during this challenging time.

So now sit back, relax and enjoy our 18th Festival as the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival comes of age!

ByIDGTF

CONVERSATIONS

Category: Drama   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

Whilst we locked ourselves down in 2020 and watched the world burn, we turned to Zoom to keep alive conversations and a sense of community. ‘Conversations’ sees seven people do exactly that.

This production is no longer available.

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18th Festival Preview: IDGTF Comes of Age in 2021!

The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival comes of age in 2021.

Welcome to our 18th Festival!

Two years have passed since we last gathered in person to celebrate queer artists and moving expressions of wonderful LGBTQ+ stories.
This year, join us for our online festival, sponsored by Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride and the Arts Council.

Tune in for world premieres and exciting partnerships. Here’s what founder and Artistic Director of the Festival, Brian Merriman, had to say about this year!

2021 is the second year our stages went dark due to Covid. We have had no income and no renewal of the essential volunteer effort that has sustained us to reach our 18th year. Grant support has been lost or cuts maintained.

But there is a lot of good news! Pride month in June is our time to celebrate with you what makes Dublin a unique centre for LGBTQ+ theatre worldwide. Our small team has produced a remarkable programme to celebrate our ‘coming of age’.

2,500 Euro was awarded to 11 Irish and Irish resident playwrights for new Irish LGBTQ+ plays in May.
A new book IDGTF: 18 and Coming of Age the Director’s Cut – including 13 new plays will be published in June to celebrate our special birthday, and available on www.gaytheatre.ie.
We are really delighted to bring our loyal audiences a free online virtual Festival of 13 plays from Ireland and abroad beginning from June 7th.

Thanks to our ongoing partnership with Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride, who funded the recording of new plays and who financially supported our artists, we are delighted to present this free festival of many new dramatic works.

It is great to reconnect our artists with our audience online in June as we await our return to live theatre in May 2022.
I salute all of the writers of the 65 new plays encouraged by our 2020 and 2021 Bursary opportunities – an unimagineable number of new
Irish plays when we began in 2004. I am in admiration of the productions in our online festival who have adapted their plays to fit the digital format.

We hope you enjoy being part of our 18th birthday celebrations and here’s to returning to live theatre in 2022!


The streaming of these plays will be available through Dublin Pride’s Vimeo account on both the Pride and IDGTF websites. All productions are free for viewing and uploads will start from June 7th. Tune in to catch moving stories and beautiful theatre produced against all odds.

Against the ever-present anxieties and stresses of the past year, these plays are a testament to playwrights from Ireland and across the globe triumphing over the odds to produce breathtaking works of art. In a time when we cannot be together nor express ourselves through live theatre, it is important that these voices are heard. These plays are truly inspiring works borne out of these daunting times.

 

ByIDGTF

IDGTF Comes of Age in 2021!

The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival comes of age in 2021.

Over the past eighteen years, the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival has worked to highlight LGBTQ+ stories through groundbreaking drama. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, our first ever bursary scheme was launched in 2020 resulting in the publication of The Plays Inside.

Carrying on from our successes last year, we are pleased to announce an action-packed 18th Festival for 2021. This includes our online festival, in collaboration with Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride, beginning June 7th and the eleven recipients of our artists’ bursary scheme for 2021. Against the ever-present anxieties and stresses of the past year, these plays are a testament to playwrights from Ireland and across the globe triumphing over the odds to produce breathtaking works of art. In a time when we cannot be together nor express ourselves through live theatre, it is important that these voices are heard. These plays are truly inspiring works borne out of these daunting times. IDGTF’s commitment to highlighting these stories can be viewed on streaming platforms and in print over the coming weeks.

IDGTF Artistic Director, Brian Merriman, had the following to say of this year’s phenomenal effort:

2021 is the second year our stages went dark due to Covid. We have had no income and no renewal of the essential volunteer effort that has sustained us to reach our 18th year. Grant support has been lost or cuts maintained. But there is a lot of good news! Pride month in June is our time to celebrate with you what makes Dublin a unique centre for LGBTQ+ theatre worldwide.

Our small team has produced a remarkable programme to celebrate our ‘coming of age’.

2500 euros was awarded to 11 Irish and Irish-resident playwrights for new Irish LGBTQ+ plays in May.

A new book ‘IDGTF: 18 and Coming of Age the Director’s Cut’ – including 13 new plays will be published in June to celebrate our special birthday, and available on www.gaytheatre.ie.

We are really delighted to bring our loyal audiences a free online virtual Festival of 13 plays from Ireland and abroad beginning from June 7th.

Thanks to our ongoing partnership with Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride, who funded the recording of new plays and who financially supported our artists, we are delighted to present this free festival of many new dramatic works. It is great to reconnect our artists with our audience online in June as we await our return to live theatre in May 2022. I salute all of the writers of the 65 new plays encouraged by our 2020 and 2021 Bursary opportunities – an unimaginable number of new Irish plays when we began in 2004. I am in admiration of the productions in our online festival who have adapted their plays to fit the digital format. We hope you enjoy being part of our 18th birthday celebrations and here’s to returning to live theatre in 2022!

The streaming of these plays will be available through Dublin Pride’s Vimeo account on both the Pride and IDGTF websites. All productions are free for viewing and uploads will start from June 7th. Tune in to catch moving stories and beautiful theatre produced against all odds.

This year was no easy feat for deciding bursary winners. We received twenty-nine wonderful plays from which the selection was made. The plays chosen are incredibly diverse and tell beautiful queer stories centring around this year’s theme. In the eighteenth year of the Festival, there was no theme more fitting than ‘Coming of Age’. All twenty-nine writers embraced this theme to explore pivotal moments in young queer lives.

We also want to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council for their support in 2021, which made it possible to run this initiative for a second year.

All of the following eleven plays can be read in this year’s book, 18 and Coming of Age: The Director’s Cut, which launches this June.

 

Two Gerry Sinnott Bursary LGBT Ally Bursaries

Maxine

By David O’Brien, Dublin

A play exploring loyalty, legacy and the inseparable ties of family.

Trapped and made infamous by the literary diaries of the lover she murdered, Maxine decides to carry out a plan to reclaim her girlfriend and destroy those who damaged her legacy.

A spectacular life demands a spectacular death.

 

Masc

By David O’Brien, Dublin

A play about male vulnerability and what happens if it’s exploited by someone who has chosen hatred as their modus operandi. Thynne Davis runs a course for disenfranchised men to become ‘manlier’ through his acting workshop by embodying famous ‘masculine’ characters. However his irresponsible rhetoric radicalises those involved and has disastrous consequences.

 

Two Amy Dalton LGBT Ally Bursaries

Half of Nothing

By Ella Skolimowski, Dublin

Yaretsi is at that awkward age: their testicles have descended, but their periods still haven’t started. Sex ed class isn’t helping them feel any less worried. Yaretsi begins to suspect they might be a man. But that’s impossible – no one is a man, or a woman; gender is a spectrum. Anyone who claims otherwise threatens the stability of this genderless utopia. Failed by their parents, teachers and the courts, Yaretsi takes drastic action to live in the body he wants.

Suicide Pact

By Jason Goodwin-Tully, Limerick

Two strangers meet on a bridge one night and strike up an unlikely friendship after making a pact to kill themselves. As they share their stories, will the different paths that led them to the bridge that night and their newfound friendship be enough to save them both?

Four Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride Bursaries

The Dwyer Scandal

By Robert Downes, Dublin

A murder investigation is launched into the suspicious death of the minister for Education. Rumours are flying about the conduct of Minster Dwyer. A married man, a family man, found dead at a gay sex party with drugs in his system. What does this mean for the government, can they survive another scandal? What does it mean for the people involved? That is a matter for the courts, first we need to find out the whole story.

Stripes

By Marcus Bateson, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Stripes is trying to do post-graduate life right. Unpaid Internship in a hipster magazine – check. Tiring barista job earning minimum wage – check. Paying ridiculously high rent – check. Avoiding feelings of abandonment with meaningless and regular Grindr hookups – check. Stripes is a one act play which delves unromantically into the struggles and realities of being gay and in your early twenties in Dublin – crafting tragic events with a dark humour as it explores themes of mental health, queer loneliness and grief.

The Changing Room

By Eveanna O’Meara and Aoife O’Beirne, Dublin

It’s only 11 a.m. in Marks and Spencer’s changing room but a lot is already happening in those cubicles. Bra shopping isn’t fun when Lorna’s breasts are trying to kill her. Peggy thinks she needs parachutes not a sports bra to hold hers up because gravity isn’t kind when you’re 76 years of age! Charlotte has a new partner, she always thought she liked boys until she kissed a girl and liked it! Shauna needs a nursing bra, and possibly a paternity test. And Paula , the shop assistant well her mind is somewhere else, she’s just turned 50 and can’t stop thinking about becoming a swinger, she just needs to persuade her husband Eddie to have sex with other women! A lot of things are changing for them all, but will that change come at a cost and what if it all goes tits up!

The Death of Me

By Sean Denyer, Dublin

Susanne has a great life, a job she loves, a fantastic Polish wife and a son she adores, to say nothing of a gay ex-husband and his partner with whom she has made a rainbow family to be proud of. But during make-up sex her wife, Magda, a lump in her breast is discovered, and her life may never be the same again. ‘The Death of Me’ explores one woman’s cancer journey, one which will redefine all her significant relationships, but more importantly force herself to reflect on a very difficult question. What is it I want out of life?

Four Terrence McNally Bursaries

The Talk

By Jonathan Hughes, Limerick

Inspired in part by my own coming out story, THE TALK is a short comedy about the conversation that takes place between father and son, after a domineering unionist father walks in on his son in bed with a man. But, you see, when Dennis Foster walks in on his son, Dennis Foster is dressed in full IRA paramilitary gear. His secret life as a republican freedom-fighter has just been outed to his staunch protestant son. During the “talk” that follows indiscretions are revealed and old secrets come to light as acceptance and forgiveness are begged for.

Biding My Time

By Tighearnan Noonan, Dublin

After finally finding acceptance within himself and his loved ones, a man struggles with the restrictions a new culture brings as he enters a new life with his partner.

Long Distance

By Katherine O Donnell, Cork

Long Distance is set in the mid 1980s in a Cork city domestic hallway when telephone answering machines were still a novelty. The play features a young lesbian and her older sister and how they triumph in stopping the aggressive phonecalls of a disgruntled ex-lover.

The Last Night

By ‘Benjamin Resande’, Armagh

Gerard and Anthony have bumped into each other after many many years. There is a lot of water “under the bridge”. We encounter them both as Gerard makes a short trip to visit Anthony at his Turkish coastal holiday home to meet up, chat about old times, get to know each other again. It’s the last night of the trip. One last night.

 

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Press Release is downloadable below.

IDGTF Press Release 2021 Online Festival

ByIDGTF

Online Festival 2021 – Coming of Age

The 18th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival goes online!

We are proud to announce that after a year of absence, we are back! This year, we are partnering up with Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride, and all of our 13 plays will be available to watch online for FREE. No matter where you are in the world, you can watch this year’s festival from the comfort (and safety) of your own home.

You can already check out the programme here. From Monday, 7 June, you’ll be able to find a link to our online streaming service. Do you want to watch a particular play? Go right ahead. Are you more of a binge-watcher who can’t get enough? Just keep on watching, we won’t judge.

We hope to see you at our 18th festival as the International Dublin Gay Theatre comes of age!

ByIDGTF

NO EVIDENCE

Category: Comedy Drama   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

‘No Evidence’ is a love story set in 1980’s Dublin, when the definition of ‘safe sex’ meant not getting a girl pregnant!
Our double dating guys always seem to land in bed together after a weekend party.

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PROUD TO BE / BEYOND THE LABELS OF ME

Category: Drama   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

Isolation has exposed humanity. Not just to a virus, but to the unavoidable, self-reflection.

Just how much does our cultural identity colour our experiences with each other? What would the landscape of connection look like if we were honest enough to speak about these experiences? Or if we refused to carry any labels?

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THE OFF SWITCH

Category: Drama   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

The Off Switch is inspired by LGBT rights campaigner Mark Ashton and ‘Pride The Movie’. The story of his Irish contemporary – a young man who grew up with criminalisation and is now ageing in what should be a more welcoming society.

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NO ONE CARES

Category: Youth Drama   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

Inspired from real events and real conversations. Someone has written No One Cares across the side of a building in a small rural town. There is outrage mixed with concern for who the culprit might be.

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CALAMITY JANE SENDS A MESSAGE TO HER DAUGHTER

Category: Drama   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

This rowdy, fifteen-minute monologue is a tribute to masculine women living in times when lesbian or transgendered identities were not understood.

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TESS

Category: Drama   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

Tess is a short, high-energy, rhythmic solo piece about a young woman coming to terms with her sexuality (or lack thereof).

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A REMINDER

Category: Drama   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

‘A Reminder’ is a twenty-minute monologue for an older actor. It considers the messages of the current pandemic as a reminder to the response to AIDS, largely ignored in the 1980s and the ongoing legacy of Irish criminalisation and grief.

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BEYOND THE BARRICADES

Category: Drama   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

The world is in turmoil. We join Machus and Cal on a youthful odyssey of self-discovery in Derry.

With student riots in Paris, the Black Civil Rights Movement in the USA, the Women’s Liberation movement kicking off and Queers revolting in New York, how will this impact them?

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DOSE

Category: Drama   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

Rena Bryson’s new short drama ‘Dose’ takes place the night before Oisín and Patrick’s wedding.
Tensions rise as the couple face the consequences of their families merging, leading Oisín to reveal a dark secret he’s been hiding from his fiancé.

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IMMACULATE

Category: Multi-media   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

‘Immaculate’ is based on a true story about Louise Mathews who struggled to piece together the life of her uncle Anthony, who tragically died in the early 90s and whose cause of death has left many unanswered questions.

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A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

Category: Rehearsed Play Reading   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

Above the local bookshop, in a small, weathered village in County Mayo, Philip sits surrounded by unpacked books and a SuperValu Pain Au Chocolat. Having arrived from Dublin after breaking up with his boyfriend, Philip finds himself lost and searching for meaning in the small coastal community.

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Online Festival 2021: free & on-demand from June 7th

This play will be on available from 2pm on June 7th to watch via the Pride Hub!

 

All productions of the 18th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival are available to stream on demand, for free via the Pride Player in association with Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride from the afternoon of June 7th 2021.

No tickets are required.

 

If you see this page after June 7th get in touch with us at boxoffice@gaytheatre.ie and we’ll check it out.

In partnership with:

ByIDGTF

OUTLIER

Category: Drama   Dates: Free to stream online from June 7th

Outlier is the story of James; A lonely gay university student from rural Ireland, who is grappling with the blurry events of one dark night on a Dublin sports field where he met a guy, he wishes he hadn’t.

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New Irish Writing Bursary 2021 Recipients Announced

The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is happy to announce the recipients of the New Irish Writing Bursary 2021 programme.

All of the eleven recipients’ plays will be published in our upcoming book Coming of Age: The Director’s Cut, which will be published in June.

Click here for more information on the bursary recipients.

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Get Writing and Acting Again in 2021!

Five New Bursaries for LGBT Theatre to the value of €2,500 announced

The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival comes of age in 2021. We want to celebrate our 18th birthday, but as we have no stages available to us during the pandemic, our much-anticipated festival cannot go on. However, we are determined to continue to support artists and LGBTQ+ theatre at this challenging time. Thanks to the Arts Council and generous donors who continue to reach out to us in these challenging times, we are excited to renew our very successful 2020 Bursary opportunities to mark our coming-of-age year. We are delighted to announce a new opportunity for you to get writing (and acting) again!

Bursaries to the value of €2,500 will be awarded for new Irish LGBTQ themed writing

The Festival is welcoming submissions of new plays. A few things to keep in mind:

  • we accept plays with either an LGBTQ+ theme, character or relevance such as identity, feminism or masculinity, by Irish born and/or resident playwrights;
  • the plays should be original works and recently written (i.e. since 2000);
  • following the publication of ‘The Plays Inside’ our anthology of new plays last year, we intend to publish the successful works in a new anthology marking our 18th anniversary. You retain the copyright to your work;
  • plays should be written either by Irish artists, any artist who is resident or working on the Island of Ireland, and/or those who have an Irish passport, but are resident abroad are eligible for these Bursaries;
  • in association with Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride we hope to support the digital production of some of the Bursary winners for broadcast in June 2021. This will assist you to present the play in an online mini 18th Festival in June;
  • All you need to do to qualify for consideration is to email a written script to info@gaytheatre.ie
  • By submitting your play, you agree to the Festival publishing the play, if awarded a bursary.

There are five Bursaries available

Details of each bursary can be found below as well as general terms. You will also find more information on the individuals and organisations who our bursaries honour.

Plays must be written since 2020. They can be of any length. Deadline for submissions is 5.00pm (GMT+1) Bank Holiday Monday, May 3rd, 2021 (the day our 18th Festival should open).

The Amy Dalton and Gerry Sinnott (LGBT Ally) Bursaries

This Bursary was kindly supported in 2020 by the family of the late Gerry Sinnott, former owner of the Olympia Theatre where LGBT artist were always welcome. This year the family of the late Amy Dalton, whose generosity in volunteering to help many Festivals, including ours, ensured our viability, continued their generous support for the Festival and we are proud to create this new award in her honour.

These two bursaries are for new LGBT-themed one- or two-act plays. Each bursary is to the value of €500, which we hope will assist you to present the play in our 2022 Festival.

Your work will be included and published in an anthology of plays being edited by the Festival to mark its 18th year. You retain the copyright to your work.

Recipients will be considered for additional support to rehearse and digitally record your work in conjunction with our proposed Pride online broadcasts in June 2021.

 

The Terrence Mc Nally Bursary

A Bursary in honour of our late patron Terrence McNally will be awarded to a value of €500 plus publication in our book as follows:

This is for a new short play of a duration of no more than 30 minutes. These plays may be recorded by you as a reading or socially distanced staging (optional). Actors who work on the performance project must share in the bursary awarded by agreement between the writer and actor(s).

Terrence McNally (November 3, 1938 – March 24, 2020) was a multi-award winning gay American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter. He died of Covid-related complications last year and was a Patron of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

 

The Dublin LGBTQ Pride 2021 Bursary

This Bursary will celebrate identity and may be awarded to more than one writer (with up to a total fund of €1000) plus a place in our book and in the 2022 programme. The successful plays will be the ‘Dublin LGBTQ Pride Identity 2021 Bursary recipient’ to honour this Pride month and our capacity to overcome adversity. We acknowledge the support we received from Dublin LGBT Pride to assist in the digital presentation of some of the winners, especially small cast or solo performances.

 

Help us present more Bursaries or fund the printing of the book of new plays.

If you would like to sponsor a prize or donate – please do! All funds received will be awarded to the writer, on condition it is shared with the actors and any crew involved in its presentation. Funds will also support the creation of a publication of LGBTQ+ playwriting called ‘The Plays Inside’. For more, contact info@gaytheatre.ie.

 

Additional Submission Details (All Bursaries)

Playwrights:

State clearly your name, address and contact number and that you qualify for our definition of ‘Irish’ LGBTQ+’ theatre as set out above.

Clarify the duration of your work and when it was written.

Bursaries where possible can be used to stage a production of your play in the 19th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival May 1st – 15th 2022.

If you choose to work with actor(s) by social distancing and want to record the play being read or performed, actors must be awarded a share from the Bursary granted.  Please confirm this commitment in your application.

Submissions are open to all.  Less represented people from the LGBTQ+ community are especially encouraged to write.

In order to support artists whose work opportunities in Ireland have been hugely impacted by Covid-19, eligible writers must be either Irish born or resident or hold an Irish passport.

Plays must be written by an Irish (as defined) writer and have an LGBTQ+ principal character, theme or relevance to the community such as feminism, masculinity, equality or identity.

You may record a reading or performance of your play, but it is NOT essential to qualify for a Bursary. We will consider digital performances for an online broadcast in conjunction with Pride in June to mark our 18th year onto our social media platforms.

If successful, you agree to the one-off publication of the work in an anthology of LGBTQ+ plays by the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

The decision of the Festival’s Artistic Director is final in all recipients of Bursaries.

Canvassing will disqualify.

Closing date for submissions will be 5pm (GMT+1) on Bank Holiday Monday, May 3rd 2021.

All submissions should be emailed in a Word document or an accessible format to info@gaytheatre.ie. PDF files are not accepted.

 

The Festival wishes to sincerely thank our generous donors who have made this possible.

We are very conscious as this pandemic deepened, that it is hurting opportunities for minority arts very badly. We hope our Bursaries will help to encourage artists back to work.

Please share this information and get back to work!

Supported by the Arts Council and Festival friends.