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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.


Absolut Drama Queen Launch Party Tonight @ 8pm

You are invited to join us in celebrating the launch of the ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in The Front Lounge, Parliament Street at 8.00pm for the ABSOLUT DRAMA QUEEN FESTIVAL LAUNCH. Join us for a free cocktail and entertainment to thank you for six years of great support – it’s all free!

Entry via Parliament Street doors.



Terrence Mcnally to Speak at Festival – Book Now

The Absolut Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and Theatre Forum invite you to The Dr Aiden Rogers Memorial event 2009:

A Conversation with Terrence McNally hosted by Mark O’Halloran.

Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally will be in conversation with Irish award winning playwright Mark O’Halloran as part of the sixth Absolut Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. Mac Nally’s Corpus Christi sold out at last year’s Festival as Mark O’Halloran’s film Garage took cinema by storm. Terrence McNally is one of the greatest living international gay playwrights and is a patron of the ADGTF – this is his first visit to the festival which runs in Dublin City Centre venues from May 4th to 17th.

These two playwrights will converse for an hour in the studio theatre at Outhouse – 105 Capel Street on Wednesday April 29th at 6.30pm. All are Welcome.

Seating is limited. To reserve a place email

Admission free.


ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival präsentiert das Program für 2009 (Deutsch)

Zum 6. Mal infolge findet das einzigartige Dublin Gay Theater Festival statt

Das ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival präsentiert 40 Theaterstücke, die sich mit homosexuellen oder homosexuellen relevanten Themen befassen. Das Theater findet vom 4.5. – 17.5.09 in Dublin, Irland, statt. Pro Nacht werden 15 verschiedene Stücke im Zentrum Dublins aufgeführt, die zwischen Drama, Comedy, Dance und Musical Theatre variieren.

Das Festival bietet internationale Stücke aus Simbabwe, Süd Afrika, Australien, Canada und den U.S.A., aber auch europäische Stücke aus England, Irland, Deutschland, Polen und Frankreich.

Das Dublin Gay Theatre Festival ist das einzige Theater Festival weltweit, dass sich nur mit homosexuell relevant Themen widmet. Es wurde 2004, am 150. Geburtstag von Oscar Wilde zu dessen Gedenken, gegründet.

2009 wird das Festival seine 1000. Aufführung in der ersten Woche verbuchen können.

Für mehr Informationen zu den Aufführungen sowie zu Onlinebuchungen besuchen sie bitte unsere Homepage

Das Festival wurde vom Minister für Kunst, Sport und Tourismus, Martin Cullen, Senator David Norris und Anna Nolan, Finalistin der 1. UK Big Brother Staffel eröffnet.

Minister Martin Cullen TD sagte: „Das Festival hat sowohl an Quantität als auch an Qualität seiner Produktionen zugenommen und sich somit zur einer Niche in der Kunstszene entwickelt. Es hat homosexuellen Artisten und homosexuellen Inhalten eine Plattform gegeben. Das Theatee Festival ist sich in seinem Ziel treu geblieben internationale Theater, Künstler und Autoren zu unterstützen und zu fördern. Die Entscheidung den amerikanischen Tony Award Gewinner, Autor Terrence McNally, zu seinen Patron zu erwählen, ist ein eindeutiger Beweis dafür.“

Brendon Buckley von der Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Distributor von ABSOLUT Vodka in Irland sagte: ”ABSOLUT war einer der ersten global erfolgreichen Marken, die seit 1981 die gay community auf der ganzen Welt unterstützt hat. Als sich ABSOLUT vor ca. 30 Jahren den Rechten des Individuums verschrieben hat, wurde dies allgemein als kühner und gewagter Schritt gesehen. Heute kann ABSOLUT mit Stolz auf die damals getroffene Entscheidung zurückblicken. Unser Sponsoring des ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival ist demnach nur ein weiterer Schritt, Leute zu inspirieren Konventionen zu hinterfragen und die Welt in einem breiterem Spektrum zu begreifen.”

Obwohl sich alle Stücke mit homosexuellen Themen befassen, war es für den Artistic Director des Festivals, Brian Merriman, wichtig, dass es eine große Bandbreite hat, sodass das Festival ein Event ist, an dem jeder – gleichgültig seiner/ihrer sexuellen Präferenz – teilnehmen kann. „Jeder is willkommen an dem ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival beizutragen und viele tun es auch. Unsere Teilnehmer sind genauso facettenreich wie unsere Publikum: homosexuell und heterosexuell, Männer und Frauen, jung und alt, Leute aus verschiedenen ethnischen und religiösen Bereichen. Zwei Wochen lang bieten wir Leuten von Dublin und außerhalb qualitiv hochwertige Unterhaltung für einen guten Preis. Im Verhältnis zu den Resourcen, die uns zur Verfügung stehen, übertrifft das Endergebnis die Mittel bei weitem, was wir den großzügigen Unterstützungen und Förderungen zu verdanken haben, die dieses einzigartige Event möglich machen.“

Die Irish Times Living Dublin Awards überreichten 2008 ihren Culture & Tourism Award dem Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, der die Bemühungen von Organisationen anerkennt, die zum kulturellen Leben Dublins beitragen.

Programmüberblick 2009

Eines der diesjährigen Highlights ist „The Bird Sanctuary“ des irischen Autors Frank McGuiness, das seit seiner Premiere am Abbey’s Theatre nicht mehr in Dublin aufgeführt wurde. Dieses Jahr wird es während der ersten Festivalswoche im The Project Arts Centre wieder gezeigt. Als zweites Stück des Abends wird „Loupe”, ein mutiges Stück aus Simbabwe, folgen, dass die Nuancen des Landes unter Mugabe mit Blick auf Politik, Sexualität, HIV und brüderlicher Zuneigung in einer aufgewühlten Gesellschaft thematisiert.

In der zweiten Woche des Festivals wird im The Project Arts Centre “A Dog Called Redemption” zu sehen sein. Das Stück erzählt von einer ungleichen Freundschaft zwischen zwei Obdachlosen Männern. Es ist eine lustige und zugleich rührende Geschichte, die den Preis des Besten Neuen Stückes 2008 bei den Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards gewann.

Desweiteren ist ”Silenciados” – ein Stück aus Madrid – angesetzt. Es beschreibt fünf unterschiedliche Geschichten, die zwar in unterschiedlichen Jahrzehnten spielen aber dessen Protagonisten immer Diskriminierung ausgesetzt sind aufgrund ihrer sexuellen Präferenz.

Zur visuellen Unterhaltung bilden die energiereichen Performances von Tchaikovsky’s Wife und Dog of All Creation, die sich der Form des Tanzes bedienen.

Aufklärung, Jugend und Homophobie sind Elemente, die stark im diesjährigen Programm vertreten sind. Unter ihnen sind „Killed By Curriculum“ vom Dublin ’s Independent Youth Theatre, “Care Takers” und “Phi Alpha Gamma”. “I Love You, Bro“ befasst sich mit dem Leben eines Teenagers in Internet Chatrooms, „Minor Gods“ mit einem unerwartetem Wendepunkt im Leben eines Callboys und in „Walnuts Remind Me Of My Mother“ wird die Coming Out Geschichte einer Lesbin in einer Kleinstadt geschildert.

Dieses Jahr gibt es außerdem eine große Auswahl an Stücken von Oscar Wilde mit einer Aufbereitung von „The Picture (of Dorian Gray)“, „The Happy Prince“ und Wilde’s berüchtigter Prozess wird in „More Lives Than One – Oscar Wilde and the Black Douglas“ widergespiegelt. Ein weiterer wahrer Skandal des 19.Jahrhunderts wird in „Lord Arthur’s Bed“ präsentiert.

Titel wie „Wonder Woman – The Musical“ und „Santa Claus is Coming Out“ lassen keinen Zweifel daran, dass auch musikalisches Theater und Komödie ihren Platz im Festival erhalten. Die irische Mutter der Hölle ist in „Goodnight Alice“ zu sehen, eine Rap Opera in „Bash’d“ und eine ungewöhnliche Folge von Ereignissen in „Pig Tale – An Urban Faerie Story. Auch die klassische Komponente kommt in „Two Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night“ und „Listen to My Heart“ mit Liedern von David Friedman nicht zu kurz.

Nach variationsreichen Stücken von polnischen Puppenspiel (“BrokenNails”) bis zu Berliner Kabaret (“The Iron Eyelashes – After the Wall), bildet die Gala Night and Awards den Abschluss des Festivals am Sonntag, den 17.5.09 in der Button Factory. Über 250 Künstler, Crew-Mitglieder, Organisatoren und Freiwillige werden an der Ausführung des Festivals beteiligt sein.

Das Festival wird offiziell am 30.4. mit der ABSOLUT Drama Queen Launch Party in der Front Lounge beginnen. Der Kartenvorverkauf befindet sich im Kulturellen Informationszentrum Temple Bar und öffnet am 25.4.09.

Für weitere Informationen und Onlinebuchungen, besuchen sie bitte unsere Homepage


El Festival ABSOLUT de Teatro Gay en Dublín : Programa 2009 (Espanol)

El único festival de teatro gay en el Mundo regresa por sexta ocasión.

Dublín, Abril 7 del 2009:

El Festival ABSOLUT de Teatro Gay presenta un diverso rango de 40 producciones con contenido o relevancia homosexual entre el 4 y el 17 de Mayo. Ahora en su sexto año el festival presenta 15 espectáculos por noche de diversas variedades que incluyen drama, comedia, teatro musical y danza, en locaciones del centro de la ciudad.

Aunque el festival ha quitado la palabra “Internacional” de su título debido al patrocinio de ABSOLUT, no significa que haya reducido con esto su contenido internacional. A pesar de la recesión global, el festival le da la bienvenida a Dublín a compañías que vienen desde Zimbawe, Sur África, Australia, Canadá y los EUA, además de las compañías Europeas y de la Gran Bretaña que nos acompañan.

El festival es el único de su clase mundialmente, dedicado exclusivamente a teatro homosexual y fue establecido en el 2004 para conmemorar el 150 Aniversario del nacimiento de Oscar Wilde en Dublín. La muestra del 2009 superará las 1,000 actuaciones dentro de su primera semana. Detalles de todos los shows y reservaciones en línea están disponibles en: (Ver la sección de la descripción del programa abajo)

El festival fue lanzado por el Ministro de Artes, Deportes y Turismo, Martin Cullen, el senador David Norris y la celebridad Anna Nolan, una finalista de una de las primeras series de Big Brother en la Gran Bretaña en el 2000.

El ministro Martin Cullen TD dijo: “Este es un festival que ha crecido en número y calidad de sus producciones y ha desarrollado su propio nicho en la escena de las artes. El festival le ha dado voz a artistas gay o relacionados con la comunidad gay. El festival de teatro se ha mantenido veraz a sus convicciones incentivando uniones internacionales con teatros, actores y escritores de obras. La decisión reciente de designar al ganador del Tony a mejor escritor de obra Americana, Terrence McNally como su representante es una fuerte evidencia de esto.”

ABSOLUT ahora es el patrocinador titular del festival, y respecto al incremento de apoyo Brendan Buckley, de las destiladoras Pernor Ricard, distribuidores de ABSOLUT en Irlanda dice que “ABSOLUT es una de las primeras marcas en apoyar a la comunidad gay y lo ha estado haciendo por todo el mundo desde 1981. Cuando ABSOLUT decidió por primera vez hace 30 años respetar los derechos de los individuos fue acusado de ser atrevido. Hoy en día la marca puede ver hacia esos años y enorgullecerse de ello. Para nosotros, el patrocinio del Festival ABSOLUT de Teatro Gay en Dublín, es una manera natural de continuar inspirando personas, desafiar lo convencional y vernos en un mundo más inclusivo.”

Aunque las 40 producciones en el programa de este año están relacionadas por tener una temática o relevancia homosexual, el Director Artístico del festival Brian Merriman insiste que el festival es un evento inclusivo. “Todo el mundo es bienvenido a contribuir en el Festival ABSOLUT de Teatro Gay en Dublín. Nuestros participantes son tan diversos como nuestra audiencia; heterosexuales y homosexuales, hombres y mujeres, jóvenes y maduros de muchas razas y creencias. Nosotros proveemos dos semanas de empleo para actores, escritores de obras de teatro, técnicos, buenos precios y entretenimiento de calidad para las personas de Dublín y más. Este festival sobrepasa su límite cuando se toman en cuenta los recursos con los que cuenta, y agradezco a todos aquellos los cuales sus generosas contribuciones han hecho que este evento único, sea posible en la ciudad de Dublín.”

Después de celebrar un exitoso año en el 2008, el festival recibió un premio en la categoría de Cultura y Turismo de los premios “Irish Times Living Dublin Awards”, los cuales reconocen organizaciones que trabajan para incrementar la calidad de vida en la ciudad de Dublín.











Uno de los puntos culminantes de este año es la obra irlandesa de Frank McGuiness, El refugio de las Aves (The Bird Sanctuary), la cual ha sido aclamada por los críticos. Sin haber sido vista desde su premier Irlandesa en el Abbey, se presentará en “The Project Arts Centre” durante la primera semana. Será seguida cada noche por la obra ganadora de premios Loupe, una valiente producción desde Zimbabwe. Una obra que ilustra las matices de las políticas del país bajo el mando de Mugabe. Loupe muestra una vista de cerca de una sociedad problemática, sexualidad, SIDA y amor de hermanos. En el mismo establecimiento la segunda semana, Un Perro Llamado Rescate (A Dog Called Redemption), cuenta la conmovedora e hilarante historia de una amistad inverosímil formada por dos vagabundos la cual fue ganadora al premio de la Mejor Nueva Obra en los premios del 2008 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards. También esa misma semana en “The Project” se presenta Silenciados desde Madrid, cinco historias independientes en diferentes tiempos y diferentes partes del mundo atadas por la temática de la discriminación sexual. Un agasajo visual de tetro físico a la que se le une en el programa por otras poderosas producciones las cuales incorpora baile como La Esposa de Tchaikovsky’s (Tchaikovsky’s Wife ), y Perro de Toda la Creación (Dog of All Creation).

Los temas de educación, juventud y homofobia son presentados fuertemente en el programa del festival. Junto con ellas la nueva obra por la Compañía de Teatro Joven Independiente de Dublín, Muerte por Curriculum (Killed By Curriculum), así como Cuidadores (Care Takers) y Phi Alpha Gamma. La oscura Te Amo, Hermano (I Love You, Bro) muestra la vida de un adolescente en sitios de chat en Internet. Dioses Menores (Minor Gods) nos enseña un giro inesperado en la vida de un chico que se prostituye y Las Nueces me Recuerdan a mi Madre (Walnuts Remind me of my Mother) es una historia de dos lesbianas llegando a la madurez.

Este año se muestra una fuerte selección de obras ligadas a Oscar Wilde con una adaptación del El Retrato De Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray), la mágica El Príncipe Feliz (The Happy Prince) y el ensayo infame de Wilde en Más Vidas que Una – Oscar Wilde y el Negro Douglas (More Lives Than One – Oscar Wilde and the Black Douglas). Otro escándalo gay del siglo XIX se muestra en, La Cama de Lord Arthur (Lord Arthur’s Bed).

Con títulos como La Mujer Maravilla – El Musical (Wonder Woman – The Musical) y Santa Claus Sale del Closet! (Santa Claus is Coming Out!) dejan muy poca duda de que el teatro musical y la comedia van a estar representados fuertemente en el programa de este año. La “mammy” irlandesa del infierno es vista en Buenas Noches Alice (Goodnight Alice), una opera de rap en Bash’d y una voltereta de eventos extraños se muestran en Cuento de Cerdos – Una historia de Hadas Urbana (Pig Tale – An Urban Faerie Story). La cómica pero sexy Dos Chicos en Una Cama en una Noche Fría de Invierno (Two Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night) y las canciones de David Friedman en Escucha a Mi Corazón (Listen to My Heart) demuestran que también hay clásicos en esta mezcla.

Teniendo de todo desde Títeres Polacos (Uñas Rotas [Broken Nails]) un cabaret de Berlín (Las Pestañas de Acero – Después del Muro [The Iron Eyelashes – After the Wall]), y la Noche de Premios y Gala llevan al festival a su fin el 17 de Mayo en “Button Factory”. Habrá más de 250 actores, organizadores y voluntarios para finalizar el evento de dos semanas.

El jueves 30 de Abril sera la fiesta de lanzamiento ABSOLUT Drama Queen en “The Front Lounge”. Una taquilla dedicada al festival será abierta dentro del Centro Cultural de Información Temple Bar el día 25 de Abril.

Para más detalles y reservaciones en línea visite la página


Festival Brochure Available for Download

The Festival Brochure is available now in venues across Dublin city. You can also download a PDF version here.


Festival 09 Officially Launched

The 2009 Programme was officially launched last night in the Gaiety Theatre as ABSOLUT were welcomed onboard as title sponsors.
The Festival Brochure will soon be available throughout Dublin and on our website.

Press Launch 2009: View Press Release >>>

Above: (l-r) TV star Anna Nolan, Senator David Norris & star of the ‘Short Shorts’ Fraulein von Klinkerhoffen at the Festival Launch.

Dublin, Wednesday, April 1st 2009: Actress Rachel Devlyn, star of ‘Fraulein Von Klinkerhoffen’, one of 40 shows in this year's ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, launches the sixth annual festival. The festival runs from May 4th to 17th in city centre venues. For details and online-booking, visit: Picture Jason Clarke. No Repro Fee.

Dublin, Wednesday, April 1st 2009: Actress Rachel Devlyn, star of ‘Fraulein Von Klinkerhoffen’, one of 40 shows in this year’s ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, launches the sixth annual festival. The festival runs from May 4th to 17th in city centre venues. For details and online-booking, visit: Picture Jason Clarke. No Repro Fee.


Win 10 Festival Tickets with Metro

See Metro, pg 14, April 1 2009 for more details of this limited offer.

For a chance to win tickets for 10 events of your choice, email by noon today:
Email Subject: Hot Tickets
Email content: Answer the question: When was the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival inaugurated?
A: 2002 B: 2004
(See ‘About’ section of the website for the answer)

Also, include your name, address and a number where you can be contacted between 1pm and 3pm today. One entry per person, over 18s only.


2009 Festival Press Launch


Dublin Gay Theatre Festival has revealed ABSOLUT as its new headline sponsors at the official announcement of this year’s programme. The fortnight long festival which returns for its sixth year on the May Bank Holiday, will now be known the ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, ‘ABSOLUT’ replacing the word ‘International’ in its title. Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen TD launched the programme of the festival, the only one of its kind worldwide dedicated solely to gay theatre, at an official reception in The Gaiety Theatre. Taking place in city centre theatres between May 4th and May 17th, the festival will present a diverse range of 40 productions, including drama, comedy, musical theatre and dance. The omission of International from this year’s festival title is by no means an indication of a reduction in the festival’s significant international element. In spite of the global economic situation, the festival welcomes to Dublin, companies from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia, Canada and the USA, in addition to many from Europe and the UK. Established in 2004 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, the 2009 run will see the festival surpass its 1,000th performance within its first week.

Speaking of his company’s decision to increase their support of the festival to that of title sponsor, Brendan Buckley of Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, the distributors of ABSOLUT in Ireland said that “ABSOLUT was one of the first mainstream brands to support the gay community and have been doing so all around the world since 1981. When ABSOLUT first decided to support the rights of the individual some 30 years ago, it was considered bold. Today the brand can look back on those days and that decision with pride. For us, our sponsorship of the ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is a natural way to continue to inspire people to challenge convention and to see the world in a better, more inclusive light.”

Minister Martin Cullen TD said: “This is a festival which has grown in the number and quality of its productions and has developed its niche in the arts scene. It has given a voice to gay and gay-related artists. The Theatre festival has stayed true to its stated ambition by fostering international links with theatres, performers and playwrights. The recent decision to appoint Tony award-winning American playwright Terrence McNally as its patron is strong evidence of this.”

Although the 40 productions in this year’s programme are connected by having a gay theme, character or relevance, the festival’s Artistic Director, Brian Merriman insists that the festival is an inclusive event. “Everyone is welcome to contribute to the ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and many do. Our participants are as diverse as our audience; gay and straight, men and women, young and old, of many races and beliefs. We provide a fortnight of good employment for actors, playwrights and technicians, good value prices and quality entertainment for the people of Dublin and beyond. This festival punches way above its weight when you look at the resources we have to draw upon, and I thank all those whose generous contributions make it possible for this unique event to happen in Dublin city.”

Among the highlights of this year’s festival is Frank McGuiness’ critically acclaimed play, The Bird Sanctuary. Not seen in Dublin since its Irish premiere at the Abbey, it is staged at The Project Arts Centre during the first week. It is followed nightly by the award winning Loupe, a brave production from Zimbabwe. A play that illustrates the nuances of that country’s politics under Mugabe, Loupe takes a magnified look at a troubled society, sexuality, HIV and brotherly love. In the same venue in the second week, A Dog Called Redemption tells of the unlikely friendship formed by two homeless men. Winner of the Best New Play Award at the 2008 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards, it is a hilarious and touching story. Also that week at The Project is Silenciados from Madrid; five separate stories from different times and across the world tied together through the common theme of sexual discrimination. A visual treat of physical theatre, it is joined in the programme by other powerful productions incorporating dance in the form of Tchaikovsky’s Wife and Dog of All Creation.

The themes of education, youth and homophobia feature strongly in the festival’s programme. Among them the new play by Dublin’s Independent Youth Theatre, Killed By Curriculum as well as Care Takers and Phi Alpha Gamma. The dark I Love You, Bro looks at a teenager’s life in internet chat-rooms, Minor Gods at an unexpected twist in the life of a rent boy and Walnuts Remind me of my Mother is a lesbian coming of age tale.

This year also sees a strong selection of plays with links to Oscar Wilde with a reworking of The Picture (of Dorian Gray), a magical The Happy Prince and Wilde’s infamous trial in More Lives Than One – Oscar Wilde and the Black Douglas. Another true 19th century gay scandal features in Lord Arthur’s Bed.

With titles such as Wonder Woman – The Musical and Santa Claus is Coming Out!, there is little doubt that musical theatre and comedy feature strongly in this year’s programme. The Irish mammy from hell is seen in Goodnight Alice, high-octane ‘rap opera’ in Bash’d and a strange turn of events in Pig Tale – An Urban Faerie Story. The comic but sexy Two Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night and the songs of David Friedman in Listen to My Heart mean that classics are also added to this mix.

Following everything from Polish puppetry (Broken Nails) to Berlin cabaret (The Iron Eyelashes – After the Wall ), the Gala Night and Awards draws the festival to a close on Sunday, May 17th in the Button Factory. It will take over 250 actors, crew, organisers and voluntary staff to stage the two week event.

Preceding the festival on Thursday, April 30th will be the ABSOLUT Drama Queen Launch Party in The Front Lounge. A dedicated festival box office will open inside Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre on the same week.

After celebrating a fifth successful year in 2008, the festival received a highly commended award in the Culture & Tourism category of the 2008 Irish Times Living Dublin Awards, which recognise organisations that work to improve the quality of life in Dublin city.

For more details and online-booking, visit the new-look website at


For Further Information & Images:

Connell A. Kennedy, Public Relations Officer, ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival

Tel: 00 353 (0)86 1620503, E-mail:

For further information about the sponsor, ABSOLUT, please contact
Tara O’Connor at FD on mobile: 086 236 6936 or Liz Burke at FD on mobile: 087 955 1655

left to right: Brendan Buckley of ABSOLUT, Senator David Norris and TV star Anna Nolan

Dublin, Wednesday, April 1st 2009: Actress Rachel Devlyn, star of ‘Fraulein Von Klinkerhoffen’, one of 40 shows in this year's ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, launches the sixth annual festival. The festival runs from May 4th to 17th in city centre venues. Pictured at the launch was Brendan Buckley of ABSOLUT, Senator David Norris and TV Star Anna Nolan. For details and online-booking, visit: Picture Jason Clarke. No Repro Fee.

Dublin, Wednesday, April 1st 2009: Actress Rachel Devlyn, star of ‘Fraulein Von Klinkerhoffen’, one of 40 shows in this year’s ABSOLUT Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, launches the sixth annual festival. The festival runs from May 4th to 17th in city centre venues. Pictured at the launch was Brendan Buckley of ABSOLUT, Senator David Norris and TV Star Anna Nolan. For details and online-booking, visit: Picture Jason Clarke. No Repro Fee.



New Website Launched

Our new-look website was launched today. Check out the latest Festival news, reviews and previews or click on a slide to find out more about our shows.

A big thank you to our web designers, Birdie, for all of their hard work. We hope that you enjoy the new website!

If you have any comments or questions, do let us know –


Festival Wins Living Dublin Award

The Festival received a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the Culture & Tourism category of the 2008 Irish Times Living Dublin Awards held in the Westin Hotel.

The awards seek to recognise organisations who work to improve the quality of life in Dublin city.