IDGTF 2018 will take place from May 7-20 2018
Note: We are currently accepting submissions until December 1 2017.
The 15th annual Festival runs in venues across Dublin City Centre and will feature drama, comedy, music/cabaret and more. We are the largest Festival of LGBT-related theatre in the world and guarantee you a warm welcome to our exciting and diverse Festival:
For more information on any aspect of the Festival contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 in mid-August looking for relevant works and catching up with Festival friends & supporters.
If you have a work of theatre that you think would be interesting for us:
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:
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
(for their exceptional support of the Festival and our artists, as audience members and long-standing friends of the Festival)
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
(for LGBTQ Youth awareness)
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
(for its exploration of contemporary HIV diagnosis)
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
(for concept and creativity)
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
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
The 14th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival ended last night with our Gala and Awards Night. More news to follow on our winners and nominees!
Festival 2017 was the most successful for a number of years and we were happy to report higher average turnout at shows as well as multiple sold-out performances over the past 2 weeks.
We are also delighted with the results from our raffle – you contributed more than ever before and this will make a huge difference as we work towards 2018.
As a 100% not-for-profit, voluntary organisation, every cent earned during the Festival:
There are many people we would like to thank as without their amazing support this event simply could not happen:
There are so many others that we would like to thank – including those who generously gave time, resources, equipment and expertise to the Festival throughout the year.
The appearance of Trump in the title Love Trumps Everything, has nothing to do with the orange man in the Whitehouse. Instead, it’s the thread that loosely binds three short plays where love overcomes life’s unavoidable obstacles. The first layer in this sandwich is Carolyn Gage’s ‘Calamity Jane Sends a Message to Her Daughter’, an intriguing story, brilliantly delivered by Maria Blaney and well directed by Philippa Alford. If it wasn’t altogether clear to me how this piece fitted into an LGBT festival, that’s no matter.
The sandwich filling is light. Kathleen Warnock gives us a personal insight into her journey to equal marriage with ‘How To Get Married in Five Steps and 17 Years’. And then, we are topped with Candice Perry’s ‘Made in Heaven’. This is a very amusing tale which suggests that in heaven, the big G will make sure we spend eternity with the right partner, even if it’s not who think it is!
A welcome accompaniment to these pieces is How We Glow, a cleverly crafted verbatim script woven from interviews with LGBT youth in New York. It is wonderfully performed by a bunch of bright, beautiful actors and certainly left me with reassurance that the kids really are alright.
Much credit to Jamila Humphrie and Emily Schorr Lesnick for this refreshing and important social document.
‘Love Trumps Everything’ and ‘How We Glow’ continue at the Teacher’s Club until May 13 at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm, tickets here.
Don’t miss our €10 Saturday matinees which take place at 2:30pm & 4pm.
Check out our Saturday schedule here.
The Teachers’ Club 9pm until Sat May 13 (matinee: Sat 13 @ 4pm)
Written and Directed by Otto Farrant & Finn Cooke
Spool is an introspective analysis about what it’s like to be a young man. Honest, candid and raw, it shows the inner-monologue that haunts every young man and the extreme pressure they can sometimes put themselves under. These pressures often manifest themselves ten fold in gay men and it’s for that reason that this piece is a skillfully judged and important addition to an LGBT festival programme.
Finn Cook (Mind) is as skilled a poker-faced actor as Otto Farrant (Body) is a contemporary dancer. Attached initially with a piece of rope, their use of expressive movement, where body ‘spools’ information to feed the mind is a joy to watch. Ultimately, body and mind fall out and agree to separate, leading to a series of interpretive scenes that show just how important it is for Mind and Body to work together.
Giving an intelligent nod to the working methods of Frantic Assembly and the early workings of The Marx Brothers, this is a well thought though and ridiculously originally piece of work. Spool seems an unlikely context for a winning double-act, but these talented young men have the potential to be to theatre what Penn and Teller are to magic.
As important to starting a conversation about Mental Health issues in young men, as it is to emerging artists and original and unique performance style – Spool will impress and delight you and must be seen.
May, 11 2017
By Jim Dalglish
Directed by Jim Dalglish & Ian Ryan
The Pearse Centre 7:30pm until Sat May 13; €10 matinee @ 4pm Sat May 13
Without wanting to give anything away, Lines in the Sand achieves something unique. The audience is left to wonder where the hell we are and what the hell is happening. As we uneasily let our minds race in all directions, trying to second-guess the clever writing of Jim Dalglish is impossible.
Nick Bucchianeri (Boy) should be applauded. A skilful and natural young actor, being given such layered and challenging material at such an age demonstrates how talented he really is. Tony Travastino (Man) doesn’t go easy on him either and it’s his confident and unwavering approach, to play the truth of his character – without compromise, that grips you right from the opening scene.
Whilst cleverly twisting and turning, at times, Boy seems to break into heartfelt monologue with insight and knowledge way beyond his years and his character arc seems somewhat implausible at times, given that these events only happen over one night. This really should be a full length production where character progression can be slowed, ensuring we see all the stages of how these two men deal with their unexpected meeting.
Where this play ultimately succeeds however is in is how it deals with the detail of what has happened surrounding this story. As an audience, we are left to conjure up our own images. It is this clever technique, utilizing the audience’s ability to imagine what they don’t want to imagine that raises the stakes, taking us with these characters and makes us care as if we were there.
A brave psychological thriller, Lines in the Sand explores the struggles of growing up gay and the dangers boys and young men face whilst they try to desperately ‘find a place where you aren’t afraid to be who you are inside’.