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The 8th IDGTF will be launched on Wednesday April 6th by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D.

Online booking and the full 2011 programme will be available online on Thursday April 7th.

Keep checking our site for more details or sign up to our newsletter from our homepage.


Volunteer Information Meeting March 3rd – All Welcome

Interested in being part for the Eight International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival?

  • Want to work backstage, front of house, on PR, marketing, box office and a range of other areas?
  • Want to be part of a major community event but not sure where your skills fit in?
  • Interested in an intership opportunity to gain valuable arts/theatre experience?
  • Want to find out what’s in store for 2011?

We are currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers for Festival 2011.

There will be a Volunteers’ Information Meeting on March 3rd in Pantibar at 7:30pm. Whether you are a new volunteer, an existing volunteer or just want to find out more you are invited to come along. Rachel, our volunteer coordinator will be happy to answer any questions you have and tell you more about the 2011 Festival.

For more on volunteering see our Volunteers Page. If you have any questions contact Rachel at


Table Quiz 2011 Wed Feb 2nd

Join us for a fundraising Table Quiz on Wednesday February 2nd, Pantibar @ 8pm.

Hosted by RTÉ‘s Aengus MacGrainna there will be a range of prizes and spot prizes on the night.

To pre-book a table email Tables are €40 / €10 per person.

If you want to come but don’t have a full table don’t worry – we’ll find a table for you, but do come early on the night!

All proceeds will be used to develop the Festival and allow us to continue to bring new productions from around the world to Dublin as we enter our eight year.

We are a fully voluntary, not-for-profit community organization so we greatly appreciate your support.

Spread the word: let your friends know on Facebook, pass this link on!



Seeking Volunteers for Festival 2011

We are currently seeking volunteers for Festival 2011. For more details visit our volunteers’ section

Volunteer Coordinator


‘Somewhere under the Rainbow’ at the Olympia

The award-winning hit cabaret drama of IDGTF 2010 returns for one night only at the Olympia on Sunday February 6th.

Tickets €25.  For more see



2011 Submissions Deadline Has Passed

The deadline for 2011 Submissions has passed.

A big thank you to everyone who submitted from Ireland & all over the world! The submissions are now being considered.

If you are still interested in participating or submitted and did not hear anything please contact us at


Congratulations to Festival Patron Emma Donoghue

‘The Room’, the latest novel by Festival Patron Emma Donoghue has been short-listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize.

All at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival would like to congratulate the playwright and novelist on her well-deserved success.

Two of Emma Donoghue’s plays have featured in the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival – Don’t Die Wondering and I Know My Own Heart.


Sudden Death of Playwright Fiona Coyne

Sad news has arrived from South Africa that Fiona Coyne has died suddenly.  Fiona was both a popular TV presenter and a talented playwright who incorporated the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival as a theme in her wonderful comedy ‘Careful’ which was a great hit of our 2009 festival programme. Fiona was nominated for her writing for the prestigious Oscar Wilde Best New Writing Award 2009 and her play went on to win Best Female Performance that year.

’Fiona was a wonderful insightful playwright who blended skilfully her great sense of humour and dramatic skills in her quality writing for the theatre. She wrote particularly well for women and her loss is considerable. On behalf of the IDGTF, we offer our sincere sympathy to her family, friends and colleagues in the theatre at this untimely passing of a kind and talented colleague’  said Brian Merriman Artistic Director/ExecutiveChairman of IDGTF.


Your Invitation to Be Part of Festival 2011

We are currently seeking submissions for the Eight International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, May 2011.  Be part of the world’s largest celebration of gay theatre which takes place each May in Dublin city centre.

For an introduction to the click here >>

For criteria for inclusion in the programme click here >>


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

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)

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

Hilton Edwards Award – Best Aspect of Production

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

Adelphi University Alumni (USA) EdWARd2 concept and direction

Micheal Mac Liammoir Award – Best Actor

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)

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

Eva Gore Booth Award – Best Actress

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)

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

Oscar Wilde Award – Best New Writing

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)

Alan Flanagan Billy Redden (IRL)




Closing Weekend Shows – Ticket Availability

Final Performances – Ticket Availability for Friday & Saturday

Last updated: 11:30am Fri 14th May

Selling very fast – limited number of extra seats added for both Friday and Saturday:


We will also sell a number of standing tickets for these shows at the door (price €10). However book online or be there early to guarantee seated places.

Also selling fast…


Please book online to guarantee a seat. Remaining tickets will be sold on the door on a first-come-first-served basis.

Tip: for fast selling shows why not go to our Saturday matinee performances. All shows at the Complex, Teacher’s Club and Pantibar have matinees at 3pm or 4:30pm.

All matinee performances currently have good availability


Matinee Performances This Saturday – Week 1 Shows Finish Saturday

Saturday Matinees @ €10

The following performances have matinees this Saturday. As all week one shows finish on Saturday and with some evening performances expected to sell out this is a great opportunity to catch some of the week one shows.


Teacher’s Club @ 2:30pm – LANGUAGE UNBECOMING A LADY

A drag queen reveals her soul as the make-up comes off…


Teacher’s Club @ 4:15pm – BEYOND THERAPY

Hilarious classic comedy farce about neurotic Manhattanites. Two performances only!


Pantibar @ 4pm – IN THE ARMS OF A LION

A fascinating and moving story of a young gay man coming out in Apartheid South Africa.


Complex Two @ 3pm – CHALKS

A second last chance to see this sell-out hit of week one. An artist befriends a handsome street artist in the hope of regaining his inspiration with unexpected consequences.


Complex Two @ 4:30pm – WORKING LATE

Patricia’s dull office life changes when new girl Lauren arrives… Check out the sell-out comedy hit of week one.


Complex One @ 3pm – THE LARAMIE PROJECT

One of the most important gay plays to emerge in recent years, see why Attitude magazine called this production ‘inspiring and uplifting’.


Limited Availability for Some Shows – Recent Updates

A number of shows are selling fast and updates will be posted regularly here.

We will always try to accommodate additional audience members but this depends on the venue in question. Due to cancellations there are often a few extra seats available at the door.

However to avoid disappointment we suggest pre-booking for the shows listed below.

Last updated: May 6th at 5:30pm


Note: Under the Rainbow, Chalks and Working Late have already had sell-out performances on previous days this week.  We recommend arriving early or pre-booking.  See below for more precise updates.

Friday May 7th:
Working Late almost sold out. Please book immediately to avoid disappointment. May have cancellations on the night.
Chalks selling fast. Pre-booking strongly recommended.

Saturday May 8th:
Working Late, Chalks & Fragile evening performances selling fast. Pre-booking recommended or consider matinee.
Beyond Therapy matinee (4:15pm) selling fast. Pre-booking recommended. Still availability for evening performance.


Good availability for all shows on all nights. Drags Aloud selling well so pre-booking recommended for weekend performances.

Further updates to follow…


‘Auto Da Fe’ & Take Desire Away on Rté‘s ‘the View’

‘Auto da Fe’ and ‘Take Desire Away’ were discussed on arts programme ‘The View’ on RTÉ1 last night.

Watch the discusson on RTÉ Player.

Both shows are running in the James Joyce Centre, North Great George’s Street until Saturday May 8th.

Tickets for Auto da Fe are €8 while tickets for Take Desire Away are €15/€13.

Go to full Festival programme >>


LGBT Deaf Community: Performance of Chalks with ISL Interpreters

We are delighted to announce that the performance of Chalks on Friday May 7th at 8p.m. will include Irish Sign Language interpreters in partnership with Powderpuff Productions.  We are committed to increasing access to theatre so we warmly invite members of the deaf community, LGBT or straight, and hearing friends to attend.

As this production is selling well please book now to avoid disappointment.

We also recommend the wonderful ‘Noel Road 25’ to deaf or hearing-impaired audience members. This production runs all week from May 3rd to 8th and is in Spanish with English subtitles.

About Chalks:

Graham Quinn, a successful artist has lost his inspiration and interest in life. He meets David a handsome young street artist who draws in chalks on the pavement. He is captivated by the young man’s looks and artistic passion and invites him to work with him.

Will desire, eroticism or jealously be the key to restoring Quinn’s artistic muse? Will David’s responses to Grace, the other young life model drive Quinn to the dark despair of unrequited love?

Patrick Kinsella’s new play fuses art, body and soul in a gripping clash of the ageing artist and his young models.

Powerderpuff Productions (Ireland)

About Noel Road 25:

London 1967.  The erotic and passionate love affair between Joe Orton
and Kenneth Halliwell has a violent end at 25 Noel Road which shocks
the city.  A wonderful choreographic piece from Spain infused with Latin

Mosaico Mercurio Productions (Spain)


Important: Programme Changes

In the Arms of a Lion is now on at 8pm rather than 9:30pm each evening (3rd – 8th May). A Saturday matinee has been added for Kiss the Women at 4:30pm on Saturday May 15th. Both shows are in Pantibar (downstairs) as advertised.


IDGTF Welcomes Google on Board

We are delighted to announce that Google have come on board as major supporters of the Festival in 2010. We look forward to working with the ‘Gayglers’ to further our shared commitment to diversity and the gay community in Ireland and abroad.

For more about Google’s commitment to diversity click here.


Lord Major Launches Seventh Dublin Gay Theatre Festival Programme


Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Emer Costello Launches Seventh International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival Programme

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Emer Costello today (March 22nd) officially launched the programme for the Seventh Annual International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival at a special event in the Mansion House at 5.30pm.

The unique festival which runs from May 3rd to 16th, is the largest such festival of its kind in the world, and has now grown to become one of the biggest annual showcases of theatre in Dublin with twenty seven plays vying for audiences’ attention this year.

The exciting programme of features, comedy and musical theatre includes Eight World Premieres, Eight European Premieres and Four Irish Premieres in what promises to be a tantalising two weeks of entertainment. This year the festival includes productions from Ireland, UK, USA, Spain, South Africa and Australia, with a particular emphasis on new writing from emerging playwrights.

Highlights from the programme include The Laramie Project (USA) a play which recounts the brutal kidnap and murder of Mathew Sheppard, Kiss the Women (South Africa), a brave and deeply moving exploration of growing up as a black lesbian in South Africa, Loaded (USA) a no-holds barred look at internet sex, identity and ageism, Exiles (UK) a fresh and unique perspective on James Joyce’s only play, Working Late (Ireland), a coming out comedy set in today’s economic crisis, Under the Rainbow (Ireland) a musical journey through the many lives of actress and entertainer Liza Minnelli and Drags Aloud (Australia) Joan Rivers support act that’s part Glee, part Scream, with a health dose of Priscilla Queen of the Desert!

Speaking at the launch the Lord Mayor said, “This festival continues to play an important role in the cultural life of the capital and its policy of inclusiveness and innovation has served it well since its foundation. It has made a strong contribution to livelihood of many artists and to date has given audiences a diverse range of entertainment. I wish the Festival well as it launches, what is a very ambitious programme for 2010.”

Festival Director, Brian Merriman, said “This year we break through many barriers with our diverse programme of theatre that seeks to dialogue culturally with mainstream society. He added that festival was “delighted to welcome so many Irish companies to our programme this year. Playwrights as young as 18 year old Aaron Rogers were successful amongst the largest ever cohort of Irish applicants.”

Full details of our programme and ticket prices are available on


For further information contact John O’Driscoll PRO on 087-2470243 or visit


Festival 2010 Programme Launched

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Emer Costello today (March 22nd) officially launched the programme for the Seventh Annual International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival at a special event in the Mansion House at 5.30pm.

The unique festival which runs from May 3rd to 16th, is the largest such festival of its kind in the world, and has now grown to become one of the biggest annual showcases of theatre in Dublin with twenty seven plays vying for audiences’ attention this year.

Download the 2010 Programme here >>


Win Amazing Signed Lgbt Books

Donate $5/€3.75 or more and enter our draw to win signed works by the world’s finest LGBT writers.  Donors of $10/€7.40 or more will receive 3 tickets to the draw.

The draw will be held at our New York Benefit Fundraiser on March 22nd but is open to all contributers in Ireland, the US or elsewhere.

Click here to
donatate and enter >>>

The range of works available to win so far include:

  • a signed copy of “Lives of the Circus Animals” by Christopher Bram
  • a signed copy of the literary magazine “At Rise” with a one-act play by Robert Patrick (RARE!)
  • a signed copy of the award-winning graphic novel “Fun Home” byAlison Bechdel
  • signed copies of “Niagara Falls” and “Questa” by Victor Bumbalo
  • a signed copy of the “Hairspray” coffee table book by Tony-award winning author Mark O’Donnell
  • a signed copy of the “Corpus Christi” program from the fine folks at108 Productions
  • a signed copy of the script of “Corpus Christi” from Tony-award winning playwright Terrence McNally
  • From Doric Wilson: A copy of has masterwork Street Theatersigned with a DVD of the Eagle production; a copy of Now She Dances! signed plus a preface not included in the publication; a copy of the original 1980 publication of Forever After signed

with many more to follow… see Kathleen Warnock’s event blog here:

We would like to thank all of the writers who have generously donated items and to our US Festival Ambassador Kathleen Warnock for compiling such an amazing selection.


Festival Table Quiz – March 3


Join us as we host a Theatre Festival Table Quiz in Pantibar on March 3rd.  With prizes galore and hosted by RTE presenter Aegus MacGrianna we ask you to come along and support the Festival.

Tables 40EUR (i.e. 10EUR per person).

To reserve a table in advance email



Special Offer from Paramount Hotel for Festival ‘10

Situated in the heart of Dublin City’s Temple Bar area the Paramount Hotel is ideal location for your stay. The boutique hotel is located within minutes off all major theatres & venues for the 2010 Theatre Festival.

Our 64 rooms are designed and decorated to a luxurious standard and come equipped with FREE Wi-Fi and all mod cons.












The Turks Head Bistro/Bar offers Breakfast Buffet, Lunch & Dinner service. There is also limited Room Service available until 9.30pm.

All menus are available on request and in your room. For any after-show parties or pre-theatre dinners/shows please contact or for enquiries.









If you would like any further information on The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival please contact

Tickets on sale @ Turks Head Bar.

Joanne Moody

Sales & Marketing Manager or 01 4179900