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IDGTF Shortlisted for Galas Lgbt Award

The IDGTF has been short-listed for the Irish Arts & Literature category of the 2014 GALAS LGBT Awards. The ceremony takes place on March 1st in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.

The IDGTF has been proudly telling the stories, past and present, of the LGBT community for 11 years. We will soon announce our exciting 2014 programme. We thank our volunteers, participants and audience for your continued support.


Save the Dates! Idgtf 2014

he eleventh Festival runs from May 5th to May 18th 2014.

We are working hard on an exciting programme of events for 2014. Keep watching for more details.


IDGTF at Edinburgh Fringe 2013

We’re at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 looking for relevant productions for Festival 2014.

If you have a show we might be interested in please contact us at

For more details check out our Submissions page.

Brian Merriman – Artistic Director – IDGTF


“Wilde Stages in Dublin – a Decade of Gay Theatre” out Now

The book “Wilde Stages in Dublin – a Decade of Gay Theatre” by Festival Artistic Director Brian Merriman is now availble.

The book explores the context and background to the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival as well as providing an invaluable compendium of the last ten years of theatre from the world’s largest festival of gay theatre.

Buy Online

Wilde Stages in Dublin’ is now available for purchase:

  • Buy it online here for €20 including postage and packaging via secure online purchase.
  • Buy it at the Festival box office or at our venues for €15 until May 18th 2013 and at Festival events.

















About the author:

Brian Merriman was born in Dublin and grew up in Wexford and Waterford. He returned to Dublin to study journalism which led him into a life of political engagement through civil service, as Vice President of the National Youth Council of Ireland and as the youngest person ever appointed to the Board of a State Body in 1983. His love of theatre was first developed as a boy soprano and later in attending the Opera Festivals in the Theatre Royals of Wexford and Waterford. Brian studied singing at the College of Music, Dublin, for many years with Daphne M. Clifford. He was cast in leading roles in musical theatre and was a prize-winner at Feis Ceoil. He began his award winning directorial career of over 300 productions and events in the 1980s. Brian founded the innovative DAYMS (later the Musical Company) in 1984,that staged award winning premiere productions for twenty five years. His professional theatre career accelerated, bringing his work to the theatres of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales and the Isle of Man. He began an association with the Olympia Theatre, Dublin in the 1990s that lasted a decade. Simultaneously, he was working in the fields of equality and human rights. He graduated with a Master’s Degree from University College Dublin in Equality Studies in 2003 and continues to work in this field today, including raising funds to support people living with HIV/Aids, and visibility of gay life in rural Ireland.

Brian’s love of theatre and his egalitarianism, combined to create ‘The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival’ in Dublin in 2004. As Artistic Director, he has dramaturged over 1,000 new plays about gay life and culture from Irish and International playwrights. The Festival has presented over 2,000 performances of the successfully selected plays in Dublin in the past decade. He has had his work broadcast and televised and has written a series of short gay themed plays including “The Gentleman Caller”, “Tumbling Down”, “Seventy”, “Pieter’s Coming Out” and “Poets’ Cornered” and has written and produced his short film “No Evidence”. This is his first book.


Box Office @ the Arlington Now Open

The Festival Box Office at the Arlington Hotel Temple Bar is now open. Daily Mon-Sat 12pm – 3pm until Saturday May 18th.
Phone: +353 87 9355 449

Click here for details.


Gay Star News Announced as Global Media Partner for International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2013

Gay Star News Announced as Global Media Partner for International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2013

Gay Star News have come on board as the Global Media Partner for 10th year of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

Festival Secretary, Gareth Hurley, has expressed his enthusiasm for the pairing.

“I am really looking forward to the possibility of working with Gay Star News, this promises to be a very productive partnership for both of us.” He said.

This partnership will support the festival in bringing the news of the festival 2013 festival to a wider international audience. Reaching 200 countries worldwide on a monthly basis, Gay Star News is the ideal global media partner.

The International Dublin Gay Theatre festival is the largest festival of it’s kind in the world.  In 2013 over 200 performances will take place in six venues around Dublin bringing together artists from around the world.

Gay Star News has previously partnered with Sydney Mardi Gras, National Diversity Awards and Iris Prize Festival. News, features and reviews from the festival can be found on the Gay Star News website


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The 2013 Programme now available | Secure online booking

Newsletter: March 20 2013

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It’s here! After many months of preparation the 2013 IDGTF programme is finally available with secure online booking at

From Argentina to Africa and Australia, from S&M to quantum physics and opera, we celebrate diverse stories of LGBT people, sexuality and gender through over 35 productions of drama, comedy, music and free events. 2013 sees our most diverse programme ever. In it you will find soldiers, footballers, lesbians, bisexuals, Mormons, Latinos, gay icons, composers, fetishists, physicists, poets, strippers, teenagers, drag-queens, major historical figures and much more!









Judy, A Tribute

Click here to see our full programme


We make a little bit of history with our tenth anniversary Festival! To celebrate we celebrate gay history by looking at the lives of major historical figures – revolutionaries, playwrights, artists, composers. Beware, as we show you some historical figures as you have never seen them before!

You will find many musical treats in the 2013 programme including opera, 60’s gay musical icons and more ranging from Debussy and Liszt to Dusty Springfield, Lulu and Judy Garland.

Shout! The Mod Musical







The Francis Bacon Opera







There is no shortage of comedy in the 2013 programme from around the world from Latino LGBTQ comedy shorts to the exploits of a gay Dutchman. Of course there is a wide range of drama from dark tales of teenage love to soldiers to Mormons. Don’t miss our selection of new Irish drama and our largest ever programme of short plays featuring drama and comedy. We also explore gender identity from communist Poland and Shakespeare with a twist, to the mysteries of nature. This year also sees a series of plays exploring sex, fetish and more. With both dark and comic themes these productions are strictly for adults only..! Don’t miss our extensive women‘s programme of comedy, short plays and drama from lesbian trail-blazer Eva Gore-Booth to a comic story of a teenage tomboy. Finally don’t miss our largest ever programme of free events including play readings, a series of audiences with gay community figures and our tenth anniversary gay theatre seminar.

If you have any queries about online booking or our programme contact our box office at Telephone booking and our box office will be available from late April.

Group Bookings: 

Are you part of a group of society and want a night out at the theatre? Note that we offer discounts for groups of 6 or more. Book now while seats are still available for all performances. For more contact our box office.

A big thank you to everyone who supported our Festival Table Quiz last week. Congratulations to the prize-winners and a big thank you to our sponsors and supporters not least Panti, our fabulous Quiz Mistress! And… there is still time to become a Festival volunteer. Contact A big thank you to everyone who supported our Festival Table Quiz last week. Congratulations to the prize-winners and a big thank you to our sponsors and supporters not least Panti, our fabulous Quiz Mistress! And… there is still time to become a Festival volunteer. Contact Dermot at



2013 Festival Programme Launched

Festival Artistic Director Brian Merriman and special guest Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Andrew Montague launched the 2013 IDGTF Programme this evening at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.

Secure online booking, powered by Ticketsolve, is now available and the programme is available for download.

To read the Artistic Director Brian Merriman’s full launch speech click here.


Festival Table Quiz 13th Wed March 2013

Join us in Pantibar for our 2013 Fundraising Table Quiz from 8:30pm.

Reserve your table now at Table of four: €40.

Hosted by Miss Panti with lots of wonderful prizes!



Dublin Going Wilde For Festival 2013


Dublin is going ‘wilde’ in May to celebrate ten years of international gay theatre. Musicals, drama, dance, Opera, drag, cabaret and comedy from five continents will be presented in over 200 performances in city centre venues during May 6th to 19th 2013. The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the world. “This year we will reach our 200th performance of gay theatre in the birthplace of Oscar Wilde” said founder Brian Merriman. “We present works by gay authors or that have a gay character, theme or relevance such as feminism, masculinity or gender identity in small theatres throughout the city centre at reasonable prices” he added.

City Centre Hotel Accommodation packages of up to 50% discount are available to festival attendees at and excellent theatre value is available in secure online booking from 10 to 15 euros per performance for matinee an evening shows. “There are some free events including a nightly festival club where casts, crews and audience socialise” continued Brian Meriman. “The Festival presents the best in new writing that appeals to a mainstream audience and we are delighted to welcome visitors during the ‘Year of the Gathering in Ireland’ for a unique theatrical and social experience” he concluded. The 30 play programme features productions from Ireland, the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia and is available for online booking in April on and follow us on Facebook for updates.


Thanks To All!

At the end of the day, this festival would not survive without the generations contributions made by so many. We would like to give huge thanks to:

Our sponsors/supporters:
  • Dublin City Council
  •  Fáilte Ireland
  •  RTÉ
  • Reinkarnated Tattoo and Body Piercing
  • Speak Easy Café Bar
  • Pantibar
  • The Front Lounge
  • The Arlington Hotel, Temple Bar
  • Brasserie Sixty6
  • Bradbury’s Bakery
  • Harold’s Cross Surgery
  • Sunday Business Post
  • Gaydar
  • Dublin Bears
  • Tom Purcell
  • Kevin McGee
  • Gerry Cleary 

Our raffle donators:

  • Hotpress
  • Alpha Male Undies
  • Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin
  • Trocadero
  • The Lost Society
  • Carlowe Brewing
  • Cooks Academy
  • Eyre Hair
  • Lush, Grafton Street
  • Carrolls
  • Bare Essentials

All our fantastic front of house, marketing, box office and techical volunteers. And finally, all members of the executive committee who have given their time tirelessly for months.


Online Booking Available Again

The technical problems with online booking have now been resolved.

The problem was due to a technical problem with Realex – the system that handles secure online card payments – it was unavailable from 9am to 3:30pm. Unfortunately this issue was out of our control but we are monitoring it closely.

Note that no existing bookings were affected and all successful payments made are being processed as normal.

There may be a slight slowness when processing payments online due to a back-log of payments. If you have any questions or problems please contact us immediately Again we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will honour all reservations made today while the system was unavailable and we will hold your tickets at the venues up to 5 minutes before the show start time.

Box Office


Box Office Sales Updates

Week 2: May 14th to 20th

Sold Out (only stand-by tickets at the venue)

all shows currently available
Selling Fast (tickets still available but pre-booking recommended)

  • No Fats, No Femmes – Friday [extra seats added due to demand]
  • The Queen B’s – Friday [extra seats added due to demand]
  • The Queen B’s – Friday [extra seats added due to demand]
  • Live Love Laugh – Friday
  • Live Love Laugh – Saturday evening
  • Theatre Shorts – Saturday evening

Important audience note:

We kindly request that all audience members arrive at the venues 10-30 minutes before the start time of the performance in order to assist our venue staff.

Latecomers may not be admitted as this disrupts the performances


Festival Programme Available for Download

The 2012 Festival programme was launched today by guest of honour Senator Katherine Zappone.

The programme is now available in venues around the city centre.

You can also download the programme here


Senator Katherine Zappone Launches Festival 2012

Senator Katherine Zappone was the guest of honour at the Arlington Hotel, Temple Bar as we launched the programme for Festival 2012

Online booking is now open for the Festival with our 2012 brochures coming soon to city centre venues.

Artistic Director Brian Merriman’s Launch Speech and Programme Introduction >>

Launch Speech and Programme Introduction >>



Senator Katherine Zappone to Launch 2012 Programme

Senator Katherine Zappone, Ireland’s first lesbian member of parliament, will launch this year’s programme for us at 1pm this Wednesday 28th in The Arlington Hotel, Temple Bar, Dublin.

This year the festival hosts worldwide entertainment from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, the USA, Canada, Germany and South Africa in nine city-centre venues around Dublin. This unique festival runs from 7th to 20th May and welcomes audiences of all ages and sexual identities.

Press release available for download here >>

Text only copy available here >>

Images and more information available on request to


Programme Launch 2012

Calling all press and media:

You are warmly invited to come and join us for the Official Press Launch of the 2012 Festival Programme! All the in’s and out’s of this year’s extremely diverse and wide-reaching programme will be revealed in the extremely central and lovely setting of The Arlington Hotel’s ‘Lower Bar’.

Senator Katherine Zappone, Ireland’s first lesbian member of parliament, will be launch this year’s programme for us.

Come and get a first hand preview of what will be on offer in Dublin this 7-20 May. There will be ample time for interviews, questions and photocalls and because it’s lunchtime fingerfood and refreshments will be provided.

This event is by invitation. To receive an invitation please email in advance for your invitation.


Singing out Returns for 2 Nights Only

DGTF is delighted to announce the return of the ever popular musical cabaret show Singing Out (7&8)

Two nights only in Cobalt Cafe, North Great Georges Street

8.30pm Friday March 2nd and Saturday March 3rd 2012

Starring Brian Merriman, with special guests Ranae Von Meding and Eoin Cannon

An evening music, nostalgia, comedy and romance from a selection of great Musical Theatre shows. Set in the acoustic surroundings of this Georgian Wine bar, this unique musical evening accompanied on piano by Musical Director David Wray.

All proceeds to the 9th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival May 7-20th.

If you can’t attend but want to support the Festival click here for more >>


Valentine’s Table Quiz

Be a single, couple or team at the 9th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival Valentines Night Table Quiz

Feb 14th ♥ 8pm ♥ Pantibar ♥ Capel Street

The best Valentine’s date in town!

Hosted by Panti
Team of four €40 or €10 per person
Reserve a table @

All proceeds to the International Dublin Gay Table Quiz


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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


Ticket Availability Updates

Last update: May 13th @ 5pm

Very limited availability **
Irish Theatre Shorts – Fri May 13th

Selling fast *
Irish Theatre Shorts – Saturday
Amy Sings the Icons – Fri & Saturday
Big In Germany – Fri & Saturday
The Gala Awards & Wrap Party – Sunday [extra seats added due to demand]
** Only a few seats remain. Please pre-book to avoid disappointment.

* Seats still available. However we recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment. Please arrive early as all venues have free seating.
Keep watching for updates during the week on ticket availability or contact the Box Office


Renowned Playwright Doric Wilson Has Passed Away

It is with great sadness that we learn of the sudden death of the renowned US gay playwright Doric Wilson. Doric was a pioneer of his craft and was rightly celebrated by the gay and arts community in New York for giving gay people a voice in times when no one wanted to hear.

His legatees, the members of the inspirational gay theatre company he founded ‘The Other Side of Silence’ TOSOS, have performed many times at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. Doric honoured our Festival Director Brian Merriman some years ago by appointing him to the Board of Directors of TOSOS. Our beloved Ambassador Kathleen Warnock and our many friends are grieving at his sudden and unexpected passing. We share in that grief and send them our love as we stage this international celebration of gay theatre which he and his likes made possible by their courage and artistic integrity.

We will dedicate our Gala night and awards this Sunday to his distinguished legacy and lasting memory.

Coming so soon after the loss of Lanford Wilson (no relation) this is a double tragedy for gay playwrighting. Doric leaves a large and loving family of gay artists and audience. His talent and artistic generosity illuminate the international gay arts community. His work and his beloved TOSOS will live on in the care of those who love him.
He will Rest In Peace.