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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.