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IDGTF at Edinburgh Fringe 2019

We are viewing LGBT-related works and artists at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

Each year we seek works and artists who may be interested in participating in the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.  We have invited many works from Edinburgh to Dublin (and in turn many of our productions have gone on to perform at Edinburgh).

Want to speak to us or have a suitable work?

Send us a message on Twitter at @GayTheatre or email info@gaytheatre.ie.  You can also contact us through the Fringe Arts Industry Office.

We will also be at the promoter’s breakfast on Sunday 19th August.

You can find out more about IDGTF on our Submissions page.

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Be Part of Festival 2019: May 6 to 19 2019

Submissions are now open for the 16th IDGTF which will run from May 6th – 19th 2019.

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Festival Review 2018: PARTY BOY

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Play reading Party Boy Teachers Club Sunday May 13th

I dashed up O’Connell St. and stopped for an ever-present donut (crème-filled toffee with crumbles!) and coffee. I love going to Teachers (I’ve had a few shows there over the years). It’s a Georgian building with a black box theater in the basement, meeting halls and classrooms on the first floor, and a gorgeous bar on the second floor.

Near the top of the building, a couple dozen of us crowded into a meeting room for what was literally a table read: the actors sat behind a wooden table, and after a brief introduction by Brian, started reading the script.

I’m a fan of Brian Merriman the playwright, and have enjoyed his work, which frequently has a historical bent (“Eirebrushed,” “Wretched Little Brat”). This one is a departure for him. Inspired by a true story, “Party Boy” is the tale of a little gay boy who grows up in Dublin and Australia, and whose life and interests lead him into a career as a phone sex operator, a gym rat and trainer, and finally as a go-go boy and performer in live and filmed sex shows.

We’ve all seen the plays and read the books that tell and re-tell this story: most often they are morally superior, cautionary tales of young men gone astray and whose lives end all too soon because of an excess of everything, especially drugs. What makes this story different is that the boy has a mother who gives him unconditional love; she always takes him in when he comes home, and serves as both anchor and guide to him.

Party Boy faces not just the generalized homophobia of his home countries and communities, but also the approbation of a sex-negative society that lives to vilify sex workers (while always partaking of their services).

In a country and culture shaped by Catholic guilt and shame, Party Boy mostly takes to other countries to make a living, find companionship, and look for what he needs (which he doesn’t even know most of the time.)

Brian had hoped to stage the show this festival, but in real life, he had a hard time finding actors who were not afraid to take on a role that might carry such a weight of disapproval from the public. Delicate, toxic masculinity kept actors from playing an amazing role, actors who gave all kinds of reasons, except that they were afraid of it.

Brian read the role of Party Boy himself, with Maria Blaney playing the Mother, and Colin Malone playing all the other parts. (He f*cking nailed it, as we say in the theater.) Lia Caira did stage directions.

The reading kept us rapt, and it was real, urgent applause that erupted at the end. I’m sorry it’s not a full production in this festival. I know it will be seen, not just in Dublin, but other places. (I have my thoughts on its next steps, but never give critique unasked.)   KW

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Kathleen Warnock is a renowned playwright and theatre producer based in New York.

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Week 2 Preview – Sexuality, Scandal and Secrets

The second half of our programme, designed to celebrate 25 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland, sees plays covering a range of topical issues; from historical LGBT figures, visibility, the Trump era, bisexuality, surrogacy and alcoholism are packed into Week Two of a most innovative programme of theatre that makes Dublin the leading international centre in the world.

‘Tab and Landon’ from Canada is a dark and adults-only insight into scandalous family relationships arriving from Theatre Outré, Canada.

‘Women’s Shorts’ features a trio of powerful and funny pieces about LGBT women.  The hilarious ‘Butt Trumpet’ (USA) reveals some unusual ‘talents’ of Trump’s former spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway. ‘Cherry Pickings’ (UK) follows queer women on a night out and ‘Unseasonable’ (USA) explores the aftermath for two women of a mysterious incident.

“Memories We Lost in the Fire” (UK) and “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (Ireland) both explore young gay/bi men on a journey to understand their sexuality.

Renowned lesbian playwright, Carolyn Gage’s insight into Marty Mann, founder of the National Council on Alcoholism premieres from the USA in “Easter Sunday” (running in a double-bill with lesbian relationship comedy “The Christmas Drill”)

Irelands Blue Heart Theatre Company premieres ‘Passing On’ a story of surrogacy, family and choices as a gay couple’s plans to have a child are thrown off-course by a shocking revelation.

This week also presents an opportunity to see “2 HIStories” a duet of short stories from festival founder and artistic director Brian Merriman, exploring Irish life in the 1980s and UCD founder Cardinal Newman’s lifelong friendship with Fr Ambrose St John.

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€10 Monday Matinees from 2:30pm

Our main programme starts with €10 Monday matinees at 2:30pm and 4pm.

See the following tomorrow (matinee & evening) with more shows starting on Friday:
Be inspired, moved and entertained with stories from around the world, all for amazing value!

You can also catch these shows from 7:30pm on Monday evening.

The Drowning Room – a family gather to remember the victim of a ‘gay bashing’.  But unexpected events lead to dark secrets being revealed.  A powerful drama with a twist.

 

 

 

Ginger Beer – a frank and funny comedy about the perils of being a gay man in 2018 – Grindr, saunas, chemsex… and the perfect dick pic.

 

 

3 Lies About Brooklyn – shipped as a baby by Irish nuns to Brooklyn in the 1950’s, John Farrell tells his extraordinary true story of search for his true identity and sexuality.

 

 

 

Let Me Look At You – a 50-something gay man shares his misadventures in this comedy drama from the UK.

 

 

 

Breda’s Way – lesbian comic Breda Larkin investigates ‘the moving statues’ of summer 1985 in a humorous exploration of gender, faith and life in Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Blue Island ’99 – an extraordinary multi-media coming out story from Taiwan. Do you choose your family & tradition or embrace who you truly are?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writers in the Stars – Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare and Mary Shelley debate ‘who is the greatest’ in heaven.  A comedy drama with LGBT twists!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s Shorts – 3 short comedy plays – gay dating, wedding mishaps and a “straight” mate with a secret!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMASHES – an award-winning comedy about bi visibility past & present – coming out, making out & getting inspiration from a past feminist heroine.

 

 

 

 

Beloved Sinner – relive Oscar Wilde’s last days in Paris in this captivating piece.

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Free Seminar ‘Visibility Changinig Lives’ today @ 2:30pm

Visibility Changing Lives‘ explores LGBT visibility in Ireland and abroad after 15 years of IDGTF & 25 years since decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland.
Join Irish Queer Archivist Tonie Walsh, Marriage Equality Campaigner Grainne Healy and Festival Founder Brian Merriman as they address visibility as a catalyst to educate society and change laws.
Chaired by Seamus Dooley (NUJ) and including panellists Kieran Rose and Dr Kerric Harvey.
The Festival presents our annual free seminar marking this milestone anniversary, resulting in Ireland being a more equality society and world leader for LGBT rights today.
The Teacher’s Club (upstairs) at 2:30pm
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Street 66 Box Office Closed on Bank Holiday Monday

Our main Box Office will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday (to re-open on Tues May 8th).  It is also open on Saturday May 5th.

Tickets will still be available:

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10 HISstories: Book of Irish Gay Plays Launched

This new book of 10 short plays by Festival Artistic Director & Founder Brian Merriman, marking 25 years since decriminalisation in Ireland and 15 years of IDGTF, has been launched.

The majority of the plays have been previously presented at IDGTF while ‘Party Boy‘ and ‘2 HIStories‘ feature in our 2018 programme.

The book ‘10 HISstories: ‘Party Boy’ & Nine Irish Gay Plays‘ is available for sale:

At the IDGTF Box Office

At IDGTF venues from May 6-20

Online via Ticketsolve

Price: €10 (or €15 with postage)

 

 

 

At the Book Launch in the Origin Gallery, Fitzwilliam St.:
l-r: Brian Merriman (author), Adele King, Sen. David Norris, Dr Noelle Campbell Sharp

 

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Box Office Now Open @ Street 66

With Festival 2018 starting in just one week, the IDGTF Box Office is now open!

 

Street 66

Join us in Street 66, Parliament Street for bookings, Festival merchandise and information:

Pop in from 12-3pm Mon-Sat

Phone: 00353892196898

Tickets, Festival badges, T-shirts and books all on sale!

 

 

Alernatively there are many other ways to book or enquire:

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WRITERS IN THE STARS

Date/Time: 7 May(16:00,21:00) 8 May(21:00) 9 May(21:00) 10 May(21:00) 11 May(21:00) 12 May(16:00,21:00)
Venue: PLAYERS THEATRE @ TRINITY COLLEGE    Category: Comedy Drama

We have lost many great writers over the years. Where are they now? Do they come to life every time you read one of their stories or plays? Are …

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IDGTF SEMINAR 2018 – 25 YEARS SINCE DECRIMINALISATION 1993-2018

Date/Time: 6 May(14:30)
Venue: TEACHERS CLUB (UPSTAIRS)    Category: Academic Seminar

‘Visibility Changing Lives’ – Free Event A Special Seminar Marking 25 years since Decriminalisation in Ireland In 1993, Ireland became the last …

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WOMEN’S SHORTS

Date/Time: 14 May(19:30) 15 May(19:30) 16 May(19:30) 17 May(19:30) 18 May(19:30) 19 May(16:00,19:30)
Venue: Momentum Acting Studio    Category: Comedy Drama

Unseasonable Presented by The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS). The aftermath of an “incident” leaves two women injured, trying to piece together what …

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TAB AND LANDON

Date/Time: 14 May(21:00) 15 May(21:00) 16 May(21:00) 17 May(21:00) 18 May(21:00) 19 May(14:30,21:00)
Venue: PLAYERS THEATRE @ TRINITY COLLEGE    Category: Adult Drama

The award winning Theatre Outré return to Dublin with a celebration of all that was taboo in the 1970’s. Tab and Landon graphically explores the …

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PASSING ON

Date/Time: 14 May(19:30) 15 May(19:30) 16 May(19:30) 17 May(19:30) 18 May(19:30) 19 May(16:00,19:30)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (STUDIO)    Category: Drama

Brian and Tom, together for ten years, would like to have a child, to be as Tom says, “a proper family but with two dads”. When their friend, Jane, …

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MEMORIES WE LOST IN THE FIRE

Date/Time: 14 May(21:00) 15 May(21:00) 16 May(21:00) 17 May(21:00) 18 May(21:00) 19 May(14:30,21:00)
Venue: Momentum Acting Studio    Category: Drama

Lies, sex and broken promises. We follow Charlie, a young person who finds himself in love with two people. His struggle to balance his feelings for …

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