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2017 Gala Award Winners Announced

IDGTF 2017 came to a close last night with our Gala Awards Night in front of a packed audience in the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square.

We pay tribute to all of our winners and nominees below. IDGTF is a curated Festival, with only a minority of submissions actually accepted. So we would like to thank the tremendous contributions of all of our artists and participating companies.


Here is the list of winners in full:

oscar_wildeOscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing

1. Leah Moore, Wasting Paper
2. Erin Sheilds, Maev Beaty and Andrea Donaldson, Montparnasse
3. Darren Harding, Fronting
4. Jim Dalglish, Lines In The Sand
5. Margo Mac Donald, Elephant Girls

Winner: Leah Moore, Wasting Paper


 

Patrick Murray Award for outstanding contribution to Irish LGBT Theatre

Winners: Joachim Henkel and Nicola Steinberg

(for their exceptional support of the Festival and our artists, as audience members and long-standing friends of the Festival)


sean_meehanSean Meehan Award for celebrating identity in Theatre

1. Nicole O Connor for bisexuality awareness
2. Darren Hardie Fronting for HIV awareness
3. How We GLOW LGBTQ Youth awareness
4. Gypsy Queen Traveller awareness
5. Joto! Racial/Immigration awareness

Winner: How We GLOW

(for LGBTQ Youth awareness)


doric_wilsonDoric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award

1. Spool for its exploration of Masculinity
2. Patrick Cash Queers for its exploration of transphobia
3. How We GLOW for it intergenerational dialogue
4. Gypsy Queen for its exploration of homophobia in sport
5. Darren Hardie for its exploration of contemporary HIV diagnosis

Winner: Darren Hardie for Fronting

(for its exploration of contemporary HIV diagnosis)


hilton_edwardsHilton Edwards Award for Best Aspect of Production

1. Robbie Byrne/Liza Michel Momentum Acting Studio for continuity and casting
2. Gypsy Queen Set Design
3. Otto Farrant/Finn Cooke concept and creativity Spool
4. Jackie Reeves Lines In The Sand graphics
5. Jay Whitehead direction Montparnasse

Winner: Otto Farrant/Finn Cooke, Spool

(for concept and creativity)


eva_gore_boothEva Gore Booth Award for outstanding Female Performance

1. Kathy Zaborsky, Montparnasse
2. Maria Blaney, Calamity Jane Sends A Message to her Daughter
3. Laura Thompson, The Morning After, Momentum
4. Margo Mac Donald, Elephant Girls
5. Milly Harding PJ Queers

Winner: Kathy Zaborsky, Montparnasse


macliammoirMicheal Mac Liammoir Award for outstanding Male Performance

1. Dan Reeves Ireland, Tyler in Bleach
2. Ryan Thomas Clayton, Dane in Gypsy Queen
3. Stanton Plummer Clayton, Sapphire Queers
4. Nick Bucchianeiri, Boy Lines in Sand
5. Tony Travostino, Man Lines In Sand

Winner: Nick Bucchianeiri/ Tony Travostino, Boy/Man Lines in Sand


 

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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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Things To Do In Dublin

Dublin City Centre is Relatively Compact and Easy to get Around on Foot

All of the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival venues are in the city centre within walking distance of each other and within easy reach of the main tourist attractions and city hotels and hostels.

Getting to know Dublin:

OscarWilde_MerrionSquare-200x267The city centre is divided by the River Liffey into two main areas – ‘Dublin 1’ north of the river (known to Dubliners as ‘the Northside’) and ‘Dublin 2’ south of the river (‘the Southside’).

The main north-south axis is from Parnell Square and O’Connell Street (the city’s main street) on the ‘Northside’ to Trinity College, Temple Bar and Grafton Street (the main shopping street) on the ‘Southside’. All of our venues are close to these streets.

Before your visit we recommend printing our online venue map to become familiar with our venue locations.

 

Tourist Information:

Your first stop should be to the Dublin Visitors’ Centre on Suffolk Street (at the north end of Grafton Street). There you will be able to collect maps of Dublin and other information with staff on hand to answer any queries.

You might also be interested in the ‘Dublin Pass’ and all-in-one ticket allowing entry to a range of popular tourist attractions and includes transport to and from Dublin Airport with ‘Aircoach’.

For more: download the Visit Dublin apps for iPhone or Android. Check out the Dublin Tourism website for information: www.visitdublin.com

Getting to and from the Airport

There are a range of options to travel to and from Dublin Airport. While there is no direct rail link to the city centre there are frequent buses and taxis available for travel to/from the city centre (the ‘Aircoach’ and ‘Airlink’ being the fastest options). The journey takes approximately 30-40 minutes. Click here for details.

For the city centre: tell the bus driver that you want to get out at Trinity College/College Green stop for the south city centre or O’Connell Street for the north city centre.

Other transport:

The main train stations are Connolly Station (trains to/from the north) and Heuston Station (trains to/from the south and west). Rail information can be found here. The main bus station with connections across the country is ‘Busaras’ which is beside Connolly Station.

The ‘Luas’ is a tramway with two lines (Red and Green). The Red line connects Heuston Station, Connolly Station and Busaras and is good for short hops from east to west in the city centre. It is also convenient to some Festival venues such as ‘Outhouse’, ‘Pantibar’ and ‘Teacher’s club’. The ‘DART’ is an urban railway which travels along Dublin Bay from north to south and is recommended for slightly longer journeys in and out of the city (Connolly Station is the closest stops to most of our venues, especially north of the river). ‘Dublin Bus’ provides transport across the city – most main city centre bus stops are around Trinity College and O’Connell Street.

If using public transport to reach venues, bear in mind that some bus services might be subject to changes due to the work for the new Luas (tram) line. All details can be found at www.luascrosscity.ie

Taxis are reasonably easy to find in the city centre (although you may have to wait at peak times such as 3-3:30a.m. when night clubs close). Large taxi ranks include St. Stephen’s Green north and on Dame Street near Trinity College. If you have a smartphone you can use MyTaxi (formerly Hailo) to easily book a taxi on the go.

Traveling on foot:

The good news!  All of our venues are within walking distance of each other in Dublin’s relatively compact city centre.  However … please leave sufficient time to get from venue to venue, particularly if the area is not familiar.  During the Festival you can always ask our box office and front of house crew for directions.

Check out our venue map here.

Since traffic can be heavy in Dublin City centre we suggest travelling on foot for short distances. Dubliners are generally quite friendly so don’t be afraid to ask for directions. Our front of house staff at venues are also available to help you if you have any questions. Do give yourself enough time to travel between venues if you are unfamiliar with the city or choose shows that are in the same, or nearby, venues. The time needed to walk from one venue to another varies between 5 and 20 minutes.

Please note that streets in Dublin have a tendency to change names suddenly (!) so look for blue street signs at intersections. Also note that streets with similar names may not be beside each other. For example South Great George’s Street (the location of ‘The George’ gay bar) is south of the river while North Great George’s Street is a 15-20 minute walk away, north of the river.

Note that travel on foot is quite safe in Dublin city centre, comparable to other European cities. However as with any city we recommend applying common sense regarding personal belongings and stick to busy well-lit busy streets at night time. If in doubt take a taxi.

Going Out:

We will host a Festival Club every night after the evening’s shows. The nightly venues (all centrally located) will be announced in our newsletters or ask our front of house staff for details.

Information on Gay Dublin can be found at gay community centre ‘Outhouse’ which also has a small café. Popular gay bars include:

Pantibar – one of our Festival venues, Pantibar on Capel Street is open seven evenings a week. It is the ideal place to have a drink before or after a show in the nearby Teacher’s Club or Outhouse. It hosts a range of events throughout the week.

Street66 – another popular gay-friendly bar in Temple Bar, serving food during the day and drinks in the evenings. Open late at weekends.  (Note: venue previously known as ‘The Front Lounge’).

The George – a well-known Dublin gay bar and club and Festival Club venue. Particularly busy at weekends and famous for its Sunday evening drag bingo and show.

Oscar’s Christchurch – Oscar’s is also home to some Festival Club nights and is situated in Temple Bar west close to Christchurch Cathedral.

Bars are shown on our venue map. For more information on LGBT venues drop into Outhouse – Dublin’s LGBT community Centre (and Festival venue).

Health:

Our Festival health partners are – STD Clinic at Harolds Cross Surgery – The clinic is run by one of Ireland’s most highly regarded experts in the field of sexual health, Dr. Shay Keating. The STD clinic offers a full STD screening including HIV results within 10 minutes. It also has the facilities for HIV Post-exposure Prophylaxis. This is a treatment to reduce the likelihood of HIV infection following sexual exposure, within 72 hours.

The Clinic is open from 09:00 – 21:00 Monday to Friday. To book an appointment please contact the clinic Practice Manager on +353 87 234 5551.

Literary Dublin:

Did you know that Dublin is one of only four UNESCO Cities of Literature? While you are visiting for the Festival we recommend a number of places with links to Dublin’s famous authors and playwrights:

  • Trinity College: alma mater of Oscar Wilde as well as other literary greats such as Samuel Beckett
  • Merrion Square: visit the popular statue to Oscar Wilde in this city park, overlooking the house where he grew up.
  • The James Joyce Cultural Centre: find out about the life and works of James Joyce
  • Dublin Writers’ Museum: close to the Teachers’ Club, Cobalt Café and James Joyce Cultural Centre
  • The Abbey Theatre: Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey is famous for staging many of the great Irish plays of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • The Gate Theatre: internationally renowned theatre founded by legendary theatrical couple Hilton Edwards and Micheal MacLiammoir
  • The National Library, Kildare Street: hosts exhibitions on literary greats connected to Dublin, including W.B. Yeats

There are numerous other places to visit as well as tours and literary pub crawls! Check out dublin.ie and visitdublin.com for more.

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Gala Night & Awards

Gala Night & Awards

The Gala Awards Night is the highlight of the Festival where we close the curtains on two packed weeks of theatre with a range of festival highlights, musical acts and our prestigious ‘Oscar’ Festival Awards.

A celebration of theatre, the creativity and talents of our participants and the hard work of our volunteers; it is not to be missed.

The 2018 Gala Night took place on Sunday 20th May at 7:30pm in the Teachers’ Club Main Hall.

 

 

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Gala Award Winners 2011

The 2011 Gala Awards Night took place in the Workman’s Club and was attended by actors and crew, guests, sponsors, volunteers and the Festival committee.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and award-winners. As always the categories were very competitive.

AWARDS & WINNERS

The Patrick Murray Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Gay Theatre

Winner: Mark Pollard

Mark Pollard has actively supported the concept of the gay theatre festival since its inception. He has made a substantial contribution to its development as a recognised art form. Mark has consistently has produced and directed a wide range of award winning quality theatre that has enriched the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival since 2004. This award honours his many achievements as a professional Director and Producer.

The Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing

Nominees:
Michael Scott – One
Jan Derbyshire – Funny In The Head
Steven Dawson – The Adventures of Buttboy and Tigger
Michael Yates Crowley – Righteous Money
Jay Duncan – Sticks and Stones

Winner: Michael Scott – One
The Micheal Mac Liammoir Award for Best Actor

Nominees:
David Ames – Rudi, The Temperamentals
Ricardo Melendez – Queen Sofia, Cloaked
Oliver Walker – Neil, Mysterious Skin
Felix Woods – Tigger, The Adventures of Buttboy and Tigger
Nicholas Cass Beggs – Harry Hay, The Temperamentals

Winner: Oliver Walker – Neil, Mysterious Skin

The Eva Gore Booth Award for Best Actress

Nominees:
Julie Addy – Wendy, Mysterious Skin
Sally Lofthouse – Augusta Byron, My Dearest Byron
Stefanie Priessner – Various, Bang Shoot Blast
Susan Jeremy, Various – Brazil Nuts
Amy Christie – Ellen, The Little Dog Laughed

Winner: Julie Addy – Wendy, Mysterious Skin

The Hilton Edwards Award for Best Aspect of Production

Nominees:
Veronica Rennie, Design, Bette/Cavett
Ricardo Melendez , Costumes, Cloaked
Chris Withers – Lighting and production, The Temperamentals
David Wray, Paul Monaghan and Eoin Cannon – concept and musical arrangements, Memoirs of a Gayshow
Karl Watson/Dan Colley – Script development, Bang, Shoot, Blast

Winner: David Wray, Paul Monaghan and Eoin Cannon – concept and musical arrangements, Memoirs of a Gayshow

The Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award

Nominees:
Ricardo Melendez, RM Carles – Cloaked
Michael Scott – One
Matt Ian Kelly, Joseph C Walsh, Greenwich Theatre – The Temperamentals
Jan Derbyshire – Funny In The Head
Jose Luiz Perez, Julio Bouley – Let’s Pretend We Are Having Coffee Thirty Years Later

Winner: Matt Ian Kelly, Joseph C Walsh, Greenwich Theatre, The Temperamentals

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2010 Gala Award Winners Announced

Festival 2010 came to a close with our annual Gala & Awards Night, this year at the Complex in Smithfield.

Patrick Murray Award – Contribution to Irish Gay Theatre

The Spirit of the Festival: Cast and crew of Billy Redden

InterCultural Dialogue Award sponsored by Dublin City Council

Nominees:
Kimberly Dark Dykeotomy (USA)
Hearts and Eyes Theatre Company: The Tricky Part and Ncasmisa! Kiss The Women (RSA)
Aaron Rodgers Fragile (IRL)
Elliot Ramon Potts Loaded (USA)
Mansel David Take Desire Away (UK)

Winner:
Hearts and Eyes Theatre Company: The Tricky Part and Ncasmisa! Kiss
The Women (RSA)

Hilton Edwards Award – Best Aspect of Production

Nominees:
Mosaico Mercurio Production (ESP) Noel Road 25
Wild Oats Productions (UK) The Laramie Project (Staging)
Adelphi University Alumni (USA) EdWARd2 concept and direction
Drags Aloud (AUS) Drags Aloud At The Movies costumes
Wendy Mc Clellan (USA) physicality direction Loaded

Winner:
Adelphi University Alumni (USA) EdWARd2 concept and direction

Micheal Mac Liammoir Award – Best Actor

Nominees:
Rik Walter (Patrick) Loaded (USA)
Matthew Seadon Young (Various) The Laramie Project (UK)
Geoff O Keeffe (Miss Kitty) Billy Redden (IRL)
Thomas Mc Loughlin (Jason) Working Late (IRL)
Joel T Bauer (Jude) Loaded (USA)

Winner:
Geoff O Keeffe (Miss Kitty) Billy Redden (IRL)

Eva Gore Booth Award – Best Actress

Nominees:
Jennifer English (Grace) Chalks (IRL)
Erin Mallon (Isabella) EdWARd2 (USA)
Sharon Sexton (Liza) Somewhere Under The Rainbow (IRL)
Pam Ngwabeni (Pam) Ncamisa! Kiss The Women (RSA)
Kathryn O Hart (Lauren) Working Late (IRL)

Winner:
Sharon Sexton (Liza) Somewhere Under The Rainbow (IRL)

Oscar Wilde Award – Best New Writing

Nominees:
Rebecca Walsh Working Late (IRL)
Elliot Ramon Potts Loaded (USA)
Alan Flanagan Billy Redden (IRL)
Myles Breen Language Unbecoming A Lady ( IRL)
Peter Hayes Ncamisa Kiss The Women (RSA)

Winner:
Alan Flanagan Billy Redden (IRL)

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR WINNERS AND NOMINEES!!!

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Festival 09 – Award Winners Announced

The 2009 Festival Award Winners are as follows:

Oscar Wilde Award – Best New Writing

Shaun Dunne – Killed by Curriculum
Matthew Landers – A Dog Called Redemption
Neal Utterbuck – A Picture of Dorian Gray
Fiona Coyne – Careful
Chris Craddock and Nathan Cuckow – Bash’d

Winner: Matthew Landers – A Dog Called Redemption

Micheal Mac Liammoir Award – Best Actor

Spencer Charles Noll as Donald/Stella – Lord Arthur’s Bed
Ian Dring as Old Pieter – The Iron Eyelashes
Graham Elwell Man 2 – A Dog Called Redemption
Ash Flanders Johnny – I Love You Bro
Hunter Gilmore – Break and The Adventures Of…

Winner: Spencer Charles Noll – Lord Arthur’s Bed

Eva Gore Booth Award – Best Actress

Claire Kissane as Eleanor Henryson – The Bird Sanctuary
Diane Wilson as Jean Baxter – Careful
Penny Mc Donald as Mrs Rutter – Care Takers
Lorna Quinn as Rua – Walnuts Remind Me of My Mother
Elizabeth Whitney as Wonder Woman – Wonder Woman the Musical

Winner: Diane Wilson – Careful

Intercultural Dialogue Award:

Chris Craddock, Nathan Cuckow and Aaron Macri – Bash’d
Shaun Dunne Killed By – Curriculum
Sudhum Teatro Spain – Silenciados
Matthew Landers – A Dog Called Redemption
New Thematical Dance Theatre Berlin – Tchaikovsky’s Wife

Winner Chris Craddock, Nathan Cuckow and Aaron Macfri – Bash’d

Hilton Edwards Award – Best Aspect of Production

Minor Gods – technical presentation and design
Silenciados – Sudhum Teatro Spain
Broken Nails – Anna Skubik Actress and Animator
Tschaikovsky’s Wife – visual presentation
A Picture of Dorian Gray – concept and direction

Winner: Silenciados Spain

Patrick Murray Award – Outstanding Contribution to Irish Gay Theatre

Winner: Outhouse

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Gala Giveaway – Free Cd Albums for First 100!

Amazing Gala Giveaway – Free CD Albums for first 100!

The first 100 ticket holders through the doors of The Button
Factory for the Gala Night will receive a free No. 1 chart CD album.
Your choice of artist of the moment, Lady GaGa’s ‘The Fame’, Meteor Best Irish Female Award Winner, Imelda May’s No. 1 album ‘Love Tattoo’ or the artist Rolling Stone and Hot Press have tipped for the top, Melody Gardot’s ‘My One And Only Thrill’.

The Gala Night of the ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is a
night of celebration featuring highlights of the 35 shows that were
part of the sixth annual festival, including drama, comedy, dance and
musical theatre. Performances are interspersed with awards; The Oscar
Wilde Award for Best Writing, The Michael MacLiammoir Award for
outstanding performance, The Hilton Edwards Award for oustanding
production and The Patrick Murray Award for outstanding contribution to
Irish Gay Theatre. RTE’s Darren Kennedy hosts the event at The Button
Factory from 7:30pm. Tickets only €15!

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