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Seeking Volunteers for 2010

Currently seeking volunteers for 2010, particularly technical – lighting & sound.

For more, see our volunteers page


John & Josey Moved to the Project @ 2:30pm

Due to circumstances outside of our control we announce that the play reading ‘John and Josey’ will now take place in the Project Arts Centre, Essex St. East at 2:30pm tomorrow (Saturday October 24th) and not in Pantibar as advertised.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused


Poster Exhibition & Sale in the Front Lounge

Come to the Front Lounge to see an exhibition of Irish and international gay theatre posters from past Festivals.
With all posters for sale this is your chance to pick up your favourite poster at a great price!



Online Now Available

Online booking is now available for all events in the Winter Programme as well as Mr. Gay Ireland.

If you have any questions or queries please contact

Please ensure that you print the e-ticket that will be emailed to you and bring it to the venue before the performance.



Important Programme Changes

Note: we have made some changes to our originally advertised schedule. For the full and up-to-date schedule see full programme online.

  • We regret to say that ‘The Golden Corral’ has had to be cancelled due to illness. However the Fri 30th and Sat 31st showings have been replaced with Gearóid Farrelly – Standup Comedy Evening
  • There will be extra matinee and evening performances of Loupe

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Winter Festival Programme Launched

The first ever Winter Festival Programme was launched this evening in the Mansion House by Dublin Lord Major Cllr. Emer Costello.

Click here to download the full programme


Stay in Dublin for Our Winter Festival

We are delighted to partner with the luxurious Camden Court Hotel where you can avail of a twin/double room with breakfast, leisure facilities and free parking for under 50Euro per person per night or 89Euro for two people. Say ‘Mr Gay Ireland’ when booking to avail of this special deal when booking for this limited special offer available from October 23rd to 31st 2009. Tel:01 4759666 or email

Note that there will be matinee and evening performances running throughout the Bank Holiday weekend for a special weekend of gay theatre.


Volunteers Meeting Tonight – All Welcome

Want to be part of the Winter Festival 2009 or the Seventh Festival in May 2010?
Join us for a volunteer information evening, Thurs Oct 1st, The Dragon bar, South Great Georges Street @ 8pm

Find out more on our volunteers’ page and download our volunteer information pack.


Festival Fundraiser in NYC

Festival Ambassador Kathleen Warnock is organising a fundraising event for the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in New York in January – so if you are flying in to NYC for the January sales make sure to go along to see the best of US gay theatre as they perform to support our unique festival in Dublin – and thank you to all our friends in the USA for this great support!

Keep watching for more.


Winter Festival 2009 Announced

We are delighted to announce our first ever Winter Festival Programme which will run from October 23rd to November 1st 2009 in Dublin city centre with productions from the UK, Ireland, the USA and Africa.

More details and online booking coming soon. Keep watching for more details…


Currently Seeking Submissions for Festival 2010

Do you want to be part of the world’s largest celebration of international gay theatre?

We are currently accepting submissions for the Seventh Festival which takes place from May 3rd to 17th 2010.

Submissions must be received on or before December 1st 2010.

For more details please see our submissions page where you will also find the criteria for participation in the Festival.


Festival Productions in Dundalk & New York

We are delighted to announce that two plays from this year’s festival’s education themed programme will be staged in Dundalk later this month in association with Dundalk Outcomers. Killed By Curriculum by Shaun Dunne and Care Takers by Billy Cowan will both be performed as a double bill on Saturday 19th Sept in the Tain theatre in Dundalk at 3pm and 5pm. Tickets are priced at €3. If you haven’t had a chance yet to see these great plays, now is your chance! For more information see We are delighted to see this initiative from Dundalk Outcomers and wish them every success.

This follows on the footsteps of Festival hit Slipping by Daniel Talbot having been seen in Dublin transferring to New York for a sellout run.


Gay Theatre Festival @ Edinburgh Fringe

The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival will be represented at the Edinburgh Fringe from Wednesday August 12th to Monday August 17th.

If you have a show at the Fringe which you think is eligible please contact us at

Brian Merriman, Artistic/Managing Director and Gareth Hurley, Secretary are the sole representatives of the Festival in Edinburgh and will be at the Fringe between these dates.

The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is entering its seventh year and is the only established festival of its kind in the work. It has presented almost 1200 performances since 2004 and has had a long association with the Edinburgh Fringe.


Festival 09 – Award Winners Announced

The 2009 Festival Award Winners are as follows:

Oscar Wilde Award – Best New Writing

Shaun Dunne – Killed by Curriculum
Matthew Landers – A Dog Called Redemption
Neal Utterbuck – A Picture of Dorian Gray
Fiona Coyne – Careful
Chris Craddock and Nathan Cuckow – Bash’d

Winner: Matthew Landers – A Dog Called Redemption

Micheal Mac Liammoir Award – Best Actor

Spencer Charles Noll as Donald/Stella – Lord Arthur’s Bed
Ian Dring as Old Pieter – The Iron Eyelashes
Graham Elwell Man 2 – A Dog Called Redemption
Ash Flanders Johnny – I Love You Bro
Hunter Gilmore – Break and The Adventures Of…

Winner: Spencer Charles Noll – Lord Arthur’s Bed

Eva Gore Booth Award – Best Actress

Claire Kissane as Eleanor Henryson – The Bird Sanctuary
Diane Wilson as Jean Baxter – Careful
Penny Mc Donald as Mrs Rutter – Care Takers
Lorna Quinn as Rua – Walnuts Remind Me of My Mother
Elizabeth Whitney as Wonder Woman – Wonder Woman the Musical

Winner: Diane Wilson – Careful

Intercultural Dialogue Award:

Chris Craddock, Nathan Cuckow and Aaron Macri – Bash’d
Shaun Dunne Killed By – Curriculum
Sudhum Teatro Spain – Silenciados
Matthew Landers – A Dog Called Redemption
New Thematical Dance Theatre Berlin – Tchaikovsky’s Wife

Winner Chris Craddock, Nathan Cuckow and Aaron Macfri – Bash’d

Hilton Edwards Award – Best Aspect of Production

Minor Gods – technical presentation and design
Silenciados – Sudhum Teatro Spain
Broken Nails – Anna Skubik Actress and Animator
Tschaikovsky’s Wife – visual presentation
A Picture of Dorian Gray – concept and direction

Winner: Silenciados Spain

Patrick Murray Award – Outstanding Contribution to Irish Gay Theatre

Winner: Outhouse


Gala Night Takes Place Tonight @ 7:30pm

The 2009 Festival reaches its climax tonight with the Gala Celebration & Awards night. Enjoy highlights of the last two weeks of international gay theatre over 3 hours in the Button Factory (formerly Temple Bar Music Centre).

The winners of the 2009 Festival Awards will be announced on the night as well as live performances, music and comedy.


Gala Giveaway – Free Cd Albums for First 100!

Amazing Gala Giveaway – Free CD Albums for first 100!

The first 100 ticket holders through the doors of The Button
Factory for the Gala Night will receive a free No. 1 chart CD album.
Your choice of artist of the moment, Lady GaGa’s ‘The Fame’, Meteor Best Irish Female Award Winner, Imelda May’s No. 1 album ‘Love Tattoo’ or the artist Rolling Stone and Hot Press have tipped for the top, Melody Gardot’s ‘My One And Only Thrill’.

The Gala Night of the ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is a
night of celebration featuring highlights of the 35 shows that were
part of the sixth annual festival, including drama, comedy, dance and
musical theatre. Performances are interspersed with awards; The Oscar
Wilde Award for Best Writing, The Michael MacLiammoir Award for
outstanding performance, The Hilton Edwards Award for oustanding
production and The Patrick Murray Award for outstanding contribution to
Irish Gay Theatre. RTE’s Darren Kennedy hosts the event at The Button
Factory from 7:30pm. Tickets only €15!



Matinees This Saturday & Sunday

A final chance to catch this week’s shows at our weekend matinees.

For just 10EUR a ticket check out our weekend matinees this Saturday and Sunday. The matinees are a great way to see some of the fast-selling hits of the week, including Silenciados and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Here is a full list of shows with weekend matinees – click on each row for more or see our full timetable.

HappyPrince_horizThe Happy Prince

Outhouse Theatre – Sun 17th @ 2pm & 4:30pm





Listen to My Heart

Smock Alley – Sat 16th @ 1pm





The Picture (of Dorian Gray)

The New Theatre – Sat 16th @ 2:30pm





Pig Tale – an Urban Fairy Tale

Teachers’ Club – Sat 16th @ 2:30pm





Wonder Woman – the Musical

Outhouse Theatre – Sat 16th @ 2:30pm





A Dog Called Redemption

Project Arts Centre – Sat 16th @ 3pm








Dog of All Creation

Smock Alley (Sat) – Outhouse (Sun) – Sat 16th & Sun 17th @ 3:30pm





I Love You, Bro

The New Theatre – Sat 16th @ 4pm






Teachers’ Club – Sat 16th @ 4pm






Project Arts Centre – Sat 16th @ 4:30pm







Santa Claus is Coming Out

Outhouse Theatre – Sat 16th @ 5pm




Goodnight Alice

Smock Alley – Sat 16th @ 5pm



Great Value Matinees This Saturday

For just 10EUR a ticket check out our Saturday Matinees taking place tomorrow. Note that the matinees are a great way to see some of the sell-out hits of the week, including Two Boys in a Bed and Minor Gods.

Here is a full list of shows with Saturday Matinees – click on each row for more



The Bird Sanctuary

Project Arts Centre – Sat 9th @ 2:30pm – Matinee: €10





Lord Arthur’s Bed

The New Theatre – Sat 9th @ 2:30pm – Matinee: €10





Broken Nails

Outhouse Theatre – Sat 9th @ 1pm – Matinee: €10





The Iron Eyelashes

Smock Alley Theatre – Sat 9th @ 1pm – Matinee: €10





Phi Alpha Gamma

The Teachers Club – Sat 9th @ 2:30pm – Matinee: €10





Care / Takers

The Teachers Club – Sat 9th @ 4pm – Matinee: €10





Two Boys In A Bed

Smock Alley Theatre – Sat 9th @ 5pm – Matinee: €10






Minor Gods

Outhouse Theatre – Sat 9th @ 5pm – Matinee: €10






The New Theatre – Sat 9th @ 4pm – Matinee: €10









Free Play Reading This Sunday

The ADGTF is proud to support both new works and present a range of free events. Continuing our long tradition of Festival Play Readings comes the following new piece…

‘The Rise and Fall’ by Stephen O’Rourke, Sunday @ 3:30pm, The Front Lounge

‘The Rise and Fall’ is set in modern day inner city Dublin. It follows
the life of the central character of Killian taking us on a journey
through his past and present. The play delves into the under belly of
modern day society. It examines the pressures to achieve and to conform
to social expectations in these changing times. It is dark, honest,
believable, humours and not to be missed!


Check out Festival Reviews Online

Not sure what to see in the Festival? For the duration of the Festival we will be posting reviews of the shows.

Note that we also have a range of previews giving an overview of various aspects of the programme.

More reviews coming soon…


Festival Offer at Front Lounge

The Front Lounge are proud sponsors of the theatre festival and are currently offering a special deal to Festival-goers.

Why not discuss some shows over wine at the Festival Club? Show your Festival ticket at the Front Lounge and get a bottle of wine for 18EUR, either before or after the show…

Offer runs for the duration of the Festival


‘Loupe’ Cancelled

Due to circumstances outside of our control this week’s performances of ‘Loupe’ have been cancelled. The company have experienced unexpected last-minute travel restrictions travelling from Zimbabwe which may be linked to the current ‘swine flu’ scare.

We would like to apologise sincerely for any inconvenience caused. All ticket holders will be individually notified as quickly as possible and refunds given.

No other shows are affected by this change. If you have any questions please contact our box office staff.