To celebrate the opening of Festival 2019 we have €10 Monday matinees of all our week 1 shows at 2:30pm / 4pm.
Comedy, drama, cabaret, love, scandal and intimate stories await.
Check out our week 1 shows & matinees here.
Can’t see our matinees? Don’t worry – we have more matinees on Saturday.
Our physical box office in Street 66, 33 Parliament Street is now open Mon-Sat April 29 – May 18, 12noon-3pm.
Feel free to drop in a get information on the Festival programme or bookings to or to book tickets by cash or card.
You can also phone the box office at +353 89 219 6898 during box office hours.
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If you can’t make it to the box office, don’t worry:
Our 2019 Programme has been launched. You can download a printable copy of our brochure here.
You can also view the programme online and buy tickets 24/7 here.
Brochures will be available throughout Dublin city centre and selected other areas from this week onwards.
You will also be able to pick them up from our venues and our up-coming Box Office at Street 66.
Minister Josepha Madigan TD to Launch 16th Annual International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
‘16th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival Returns’
The 16th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Ireland’s most exciting and diverse theatre festival returns to the capital from May 6th to 19th, kicking off the summer season with 21 world class performances from the four corners of the world, across 5 Stages for two glorious weeks this May.
The festival, the largest LGBT+ theatre festival in the world which will be launched tomorrow (16th April) at 6pm in City Assembly House by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan, brings critically acclaimed productions from the UK, USA, Canada, Ecuador, South Africa and Australia, as well as home-grown talent to Dublin’s stages for this jam-packed two week long event.
Minister Madigan said “I’m delighted to lend my support to the launch of this wonderfully diverse festival. The continued excellence and professionalism shown year on year has ensured the growth of this festival from humble beginnings in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde. The fact that these performances can take place in an ever more inclusive Ireland is something that should be celebrated just as enthusiastically. We have come such a long way for the better in this regard.”
The festival, which is in its 16th year has gone from strength to strength, drawing audiences and performers from all over the world to Dublin annually, even weathering the financial cutbacks and darkest days of the financial crisis.
Ms Madigan continued “Through the very financially straightened times from 2008 onwards when funding of the arts suffered severe cutbacks, the internationally famous event that we know today provided a beacon of hope when many festivals and events fell by the wayside. It is indeed testament to the fantastic work of Brian and his team, that performers from as far afield as the United Kingdom, from USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia and of course from Ireland, will perform to packed houses in venues throughout the city from May 6th to 19th.”
This years programme includes a ‘Broadway World Best Actor Award Winner’, a ‘GLOBE Artist of the Year Winner’, a ‘UK National Octagon Prizewinner’, a ‘2019 Fleur Du Cap Best Performance by an Ensemble Nominee’, many other critically acclaimed performers and theatre pieces as well as emerging writers and performers.
Upon launching the festival Brian Merriman festival director said
““I am very grateful for the Minister’s presence today and that of our first supporter and patron Senator David Norris and longtime supporter Senator Jerry Buttimer and other Oireachtas colleagues. To live in a society where diversity is embraced and encouraged is a privilege many of our LGBT+ artists abroad do not enjoy. To identify that need and to place Dublin at the centre of welcoming diverse artists and writers has, in the absence of sustainable resources, been the key to the longevity and relevance of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival since 2004.”
“Artists at home identify this Festival as being one open to new voices. We are. Artists abroad make huge sacrifices to tell their stories here. Our audiences understand the art form and are open to theatre holding a truthful mirror up to society as we know and live it today. The topics are historic and contemporary. They are shared by other sections of society and all are welcome in our festival.”
“The Me Too experience not only impacts on women but on gay actors too, drug abuse and chemsex is a reality of life today. Parenting, masculinity, relationships and how to hold onto them, changing times in the Gardai and in seminaries all feature in our theatrical discussion. The still almost silence on the age of AIDS and modern HIV diagnosis is challenged as is the experience of secrets in the past. The hidden lives of heroic Irish women are among the dark and very funny characters you will encounter. There are stories of criminalisation, love, growing up in Ireland or the Deep South, from talented and award winning artists waiting to take to our small stages.”
“Do something different this year – see these wonderful plays – they complete the theatrical conversation that informs and shapes the contribution of the arts to a modern society.”
Media contact: Sean Hegarty PR Director
For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.gaytheatre.ie
Founder & Artistic Director of IDGTF, Brian Merriman introduces the 2019 programme:
Welcome to our “sweet 16th!”
We are honoured to present twenty one plays in four city centre venues from Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia this year.
We are in awe of the work of these innovative writers and companies who choose our festival as one of the world’s best spaces for LGBT+ theatre to thrive and to be appreciated.
What is even more encouraging is that we are not without choice. Almost 100 companies were in contact this year and had we more resources and support to offer, they could have joined us too.
We are delighted to welcome new Irish writers and companies this year and hope this small international cultural networking event we host will mean their work will be showcased abroad too.
Thanks to the increased support of the Arts Council and Dublin City Council and our kind commercial sponsors, we are still here.
Most especially, after 15 years, we were rewarded with an influx of new and generous volunteers on our hard-working executive team. They have made the difference in pushing out new boundaries and in broadening our welcome for all. Thank you.
We welcome everyone as our audience and appreciate it when you share our information online. If you have a new play for next year or want to volunteer check out www.gaytheatre.ie for information.
Ireland has changed a lot since year one. Many countries continue to discriminate and silence LGBT+ voices in the arts. It is important that Dublin provides a stage and an audience for this quality art form.
Thank you for your company during the artistic celebration of diversity that is the 16th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival!
6The programme for the 16th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival was launched today at the City Assembly Rooms, South William Street with guests of honour Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD and Festival Patron, Senator David Norris.
Artistic Director & Festival Founder Brian Merriman introduced the programme with to an audience of participants, media, volunteers and invited guests.
To find out more:
Twenty diverse shows with LGBT+ themes will arrive on Dublin city centre stages
for the 16th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival from May 6-19th 2019.
Following an extensive curatorial process, the Festival has secured productions
from Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia to perform over the two
week long event in May.
“New writing continues to dominate the selection process which also included
visiting 50 productions at the Edinburgh Fringe. I am delighted that South Africa
and Australian LGBT theatre return with new companies this year and acknowledge
the great efforts these companies make to showcase their work at the world’s
biggest Gay Theatre event in Dublin” said artistic director, Brian Merriman.
“We are pleased that new Irish companies are embracing this genre with
challenging and important LGBT stories for the stage. This opportunity to share
stages and network internationally within this theatrical genre is hugely important
for all writers and artists and has sustained us for our 16th year”, he added.
Details of the selected shows will be announced later this month at a launch event
“We are very pleased to have increased support this year from The Arts Council
and Dublin City Council to help us build mainstream audiences for such an
innovative programme of work, as we meet the challenges to let audiences know
that everyone is welcome at our Festival”, concluded Brian Merriman.
Festival updates regularly appear on www.gaytheatre.ie , and on social media.
For press information, email Sean at email@example.com
The programme for IDGTF 2019 is now available with secure online booking.
IDGTF 2019 takes place from May 6 – 19 with tickets €10/€13/€15.
The programme features a range of drama, comedy, comedy drama and more with productions from Ireland and 3 continents. Details of free events will be announced shortly.
Date/Time: 18 May @ 14:30; 13-18 May @ 19:30;
Venue: THE IRELAND INSTITUTE, 27 PEARSE ST Category: Comedy Drama