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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.


Lorca Is Dead Cancelled

This week’s performances of ‘Lorca is Dead’ in the Back Loft have been cancelled. Unfortunately the production company involved is not in a position to travel to Dublin as planned.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Note that we have 10 other productions starting from Monday May 9th and these are unaffected by this change.


Great Value Saturday Matinees

Don’t miss our Saturday matinée shows at 2:30pm & 4:30pm with all tickets just €10.

Remember: today is your last chance to catch the week 1
shows with all performances ending on Saturday evening from 7:30pm.

Saturday Matinees


Bette / Cavett – Bette Davis’ last ever TV interview lovingly recreated

Project Arts Centre @ 2:30pm



Mysterious Skin – the hit gay novel & movie reaches the stage. Intense & powerful drama.

The Teacher’s Club @ 2:30pm





Cloaked – an opulent period drama about a man who must hide his identity to rule as Queen.

The Back Loft @ 2:30pm






Sticks and Stones – two strangers find themselves trapped in a room – a hustler and a
family man. But how did they get there? A powerful study of masculinity.
Outhouse @ 2:30pm





The Little Dog Laughed – hit comedy about a closeted Hollywood actor, his agent and the rentboy!

The Project @ 4:30pm






The Adventures of Buttboy and Tigger – a raunchy comedy about two guys looking for hook ups, or love, online.

The Teacher’s Club at 4:30pm






The Screw You Revue – award winning and sharp-witted US comedy improv show where no subject is too taboo!

Outhouse @ 4:30pm






Let’s Pretend We’re Having Coffee… – a true story of the ups and downs of promiscuity, love and tenderness

Pantibar @ 4:30pm





Bank Holiday Monday Matinees

Don’t miss our excellent value Bank Holiday Monday matinee preview shows.  All tickets €10 available online or at the venues.



Sticks and Stones – Theatre@Outhouse

Cloaked – The Back Loft

Mysterious Skin – The Teacher’s Club





The Screw You Revue – Theatre@Outhouse

Let’s Pretend We’re Having Coffee..  – Pantibar

The Adventures of Buttboy and Tigger – The Teacher’s Club




Don’t miss our range of Saturday matinees.  All matinee tickets €10


Festival Planner & Tips

We have 14 shows running every night for the 2 weeks of the Festival with some Sunday events too.

It is perfectly possible to combine two shows in a single evening (or even 4 shows on a Saturday or Bank Holiday Mondy) although please note the running times and venue locations.

Note that the venue map below, powered by Google maps, allows you to see how long it takes to travel between venues on foot.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of planning your schedule:

Download the Festival planner
Download the Festival brochure
View the Festival venue map
Check out things to do in Dublin and getting around the city

Any questions: contact the Box Office at