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PARTY BOY

Date/Time: 13 May(14:30)
Venue: TEACHERS CLUB (UPSTAIRS)    Category: Free Events

The first reading of a new Irish play by Brian Merriman. Based on a true story, meet Patrick the Party Boy as he grows from shy Irish boy in the …

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MEN’S SHORTS

Date/Time: 7 May(16:00,19:30) 8 May(19:30) 9 May(19:30) 10 May(19:30) 11 May(19:30) 12 May(16:00,19:30)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (MAIN)    Category: Drama

A theatrical threesome of short plays about LGBT men mixing drama and comedy: A Gay Thing Acting Out, IRL Steve and John have been mates since …

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2018 Programme Launch: 25 Plays for 25 Years of Decriminalisation

Press Release:

25 Plays for 25 Years of Decriminalisation

 

The 15th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival launched its diverse programme online on Tuesday April 10th on www.gaytheatre.ie.

 

“This is a special anniversary year for the LGBTI community in Ireland and the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival has assembled a top class programme of Irish and International LGBT theatre, full of stories that could not be told in the past and that are waiting to be told today” said Founder and programmer Brian Merriman.

“It is 35 years since the appalling outcome in the Declan Flynn (Fairview Park) murder trial and “The Drowning Room” by Irish playwright, ‘Verity-Alicia Mavenawitz’ recounts a family gathering after a similar verdict in Ireland. Voices that lived before and during decriminalisation take to many stages including Tennessee William’s final years in ‘His Greatness” from Chicago, Oscar Wilde appears in ‘Beloved Sinner’ and again with, William Shakespeare and Mary Shelley who are amongst the “Writers In the Stars” battling for eternal fame.

“2HISstories” look at Irish life in the 1980s in ‘The Off Switch’ and UCD founder, Cardinal Newman’s lifelong friendship with Fr Ambrose St John in ’The Second Miracle’. John M Farrell’s ‘3 Lies About Brooklyn’ follows the story of being trafficked from an Irish Mother and Baby home to Brooklyn and back. ‘Let Me Look at You’ captures a moment in time in Soho in 1993.  Ireland’s Breda Larkin, Canada’s Franny McCabe-Bennett and UK’s Annabel Pribelski headline our top class female comedy performances.

‘Tab and Landon’ from Canada is a dark insight into family relationships arriving from Theatre Outre, Canada with ‘Blue Island 99’ a coming out story – our first by a Taiwanese  artist. The diversity of the Mens’ and Womens’ Shorts programme sees Ireland’s LGBT community group Acting Out team up with the world’s first Gay Theatre Company, New York’s TOSOS is excellent programmes of short plays.

Exciting theatre from young companies includes the UK’s ‘Cherry Pickings’, ‘Ginger Beer’ and ‘Memories We Lost In The Fire’. Young Irish playwrights premiering their work include Conor Burke’s “Ethan and Evan and All They Know” and Robert Downes’ ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’.

Renowned lesbian playwright, Carolyn Gage’s insight into Marty Mann, founder of the National Council on Alcoholism premieres from the USA as Irelands ‘Blue Heart Theatre Company’ premieres ‘Passing On’ a story of surrogacy, family and choices.

“We mark this 25th anniversary year with a free opening seminar on visibility and decriminalisation, with speakers Tonie Walsh, Grainne Healy, Kieran Rose and Chaired by Seamus Dooley. The free play reading is the world premiere of ‘Party Boy’ based on the true life story of an Irish gay go-go dancer” added Brian Merriman. There is a nightly Festival Club and the Festival is supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Failte Ireland.  All of this, plus our incredible voluntary support, makes Dublin the biggest centre for gay theatre worldwide.

“There are two separate weekly programme of accessible and low priced theatre in city centre venues from May 7th– 20th. It is an honour in this anniversary year, to stand on the  shoulders of all who got us to this point and those who continue to struggle for freedom worldwide” added Brian Merriman. “25 years ago, this would have been unimaginable – today, Dublin and Ireland opens its arms to diverse artistic voices and we are very pleased to welcome all the companies and you, our audience to our unique programme of 25 plays for 25 years”, he concluded.

Tickets are now on sale from www.gaytheatre.ie. For further information please contact Brian Merriman on 087 6573732
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Let’s Celebrate! 2018 Programme Launched

We are delighted to launch the programme for the 15th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

2018 is a year of celebration, marking 15 years of IDGTF and 25 years since decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland.

In our programme we explore the diverse lives of LGBT people today – through comedy, drama, short-plays and powerful stories from around the world.


Secure online booking

Download our programme (PDF)

Check out a preview of our programme

Press release and programme information

 

Any queries? Contact boxoffice@gaytheatre.ie

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2018 Programme Preview: Who We Are & Who We Were

Festival 2018 is a year of celebration, marking 15 years of IDGTF and 25 years since decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland.

In our programme we explore the diverse lives of LGBT people today – through comedy, drama, short-plays and powerful stories from around the world.

 

Cruising, getting married, LGBT families, staying together through ups and downs… we look at online hook-ups, the perils of lesbian dating, young LGBT couples, older gay men and bisexual love both male & female.

We tell intimate personal stories and shatter sexual taboos.

 

 

 

We ask… how much has LGBT life changed from the past?  How much has it remained the same?

We celebrate and reimagine past icons – Wilde, Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Tennessee Williams and more with humorous, moving and erotic stories.

 

We shine a spotlight on pre-decriminalisation Ireland  – from quirky and dark secrets of the Catholic Church to powerful accounts of the  homophobia of the past – and look at LGBT struggles and triumphs from places as far apart as rural Ireland, Taiwan and the USA.

Find out more in our programme with secure online booking available now.

Keep watching www.gaytheatre.ie and Facebook for more details.

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2018 Programme Out on Monday 9th April

We’ve been working hard on Festival 2018… and all will be revealed on Monday!
Online booking will be available here. Keep watching for more information.

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Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday by Carolyn Gage

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Table Quiz Now Wed March 7th @ 8pm

Update: Table Quiz moved to Wednesday March 7th at 8pm due to weather warning! Stay warm and see you on the 7th.

Booking: quiz@gaytheatre.ie. Anyone who booked already will be notified.

Our annual table quiz takes place in Street 66 Parliament Street.
Join us as we prepare for our upcoming 2018 Festival from May 7-20.

Tables of 4 are €40 with a range of prizes on offer. Reserve your table in advance: email quiz@gaytheatre.ie with a contact name.

Table Quiz 2018

Quizmaster for the night is the fabulous Ms Dolly Grip!

Proceeds will go to support IDGTF 2018. As a voluntary not-for-profit organisation your support is vital so that we can continue to celebrate LGBTQ identity through theatre and support artists telling LGBTQ-related stories.

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Submissions Open for Festival 2018

We are currently accepting submissions for Festival 2018 which runs from May 7-20 2018.  The deadline for submissions is December 1 2017.

For more check out our Submissions page.

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Festival 2018 Dates Announced

IDGTF 2018 will take place from May 7-20 2018

The 15th annual Festival runs in venues across Dublin City Centre and will feature drama, comedy, music/cabaret and more.  We are the largest Festival of LGBT-related theatre in the world and guarantee you a warm welcome to our exciting and diverse Festival:

  • Mix with artists, organisers and audience at our nightly Festival club
  • Multiple performances every evening with weekend matinee performances to suit every schedule
  • Excellent value tickets and a high-quality curated programme drawn from Ireland and around the world
  • Our closing Gala Awards Night on May 20th featuring highlights of the entire Festival
  • Free events and discussions and much more!

For more information on any aspect of the Festival contact us at info@gaytheatre.ie

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IDGTF at Edinburgh Fringe 2017!

We will be at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 in mid-August looking for relevant works and catching up with Festival friends & supporters.

If you have a work of theatre that you think would be interesting for us:

  • Check out our Submissions page and a bit about us
  • Email us at info@gaytheatre.ie
  • Or get in touch with the Edinburgh Fringe Arts Industry Office
  • We tweet actively on shows we see during the Fringe.  Follow or message us on Twitter at @GayTheatre

 

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2017 Gala Award Winners Announced

IDGTF 2017 came to a close last night with our Gala Awards Night in front of a packed audience in the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square.

We pay tribute to all of our winners and nominees below. IDGTF is a curated Festival, with only a minority of submissions actually accepted. So we would like to thank the tremendous contributions of all of our artists and participating companies.


Here is the list of winners in full:

oscar_wildeOscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing

1. Leah Moore, Wasting Paper
2. Erin Sheilds, Maev Beaty and Andrea Donaldson, Montparnasse
3. Darren Harding, Fronting
4. Jim Dalglish, Lines In The Sand
5. Margo Mac Donald, Elephant Girls

Winner: Leah Moore, Wasting Paper


 

Patrick Murray Award for outstanding contribution to Irish LGBT Theatre

Winners: Joachim Henkel and Nicola Steinberg

(for their exceptional support of the Festival and our artists, as audience members and long-standing friends of the Festival)


sean_meehanSean Meehan Award for celebrating identity in Theatre

1. Nicole O Connor for bisexuality awareness
2. Darren Hardie Fronting for HIV awareness
3. How We GLOW LGBTQ Youth awareness
4. Gypsy Queen Traveller awareness
5. Joto! Racial/Immigration awareness

Winner: How We GLOW

(for LGBTQ Youth awareness)


doric_wilsonDoric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award

1. Spool for its exploration of Masculinity
2. Patrick Cash Queers for its exploration of transphobia
3. How We GLOW for it intergenerational dialogue
4. Gypsy Queen for its exploration of homophobia in sport
5. Darren Hardie for its exploration of contemporary HIV diagnosis

Winner: Darren Hardie for Fronting

(for its exploration of contemporary HIV diagnosis)


hilton_edwardsHilton Edwards Award for Best Aspect of Production

1. Robbie Byrne/Liza Michel Momentum Acting Studio for continuity and casting
2. Gypsy Queen Set Design
3. Otto Farrant/Finn Cooke concept and creativity Spool
4. Jackie Reeves Lines In The Sand graphics
5. Jay Whitehead direction Montparnasse

Winner: Otto Farrant/Finn Cooke, Spool

(for concept and creativity)


eva_gore_boothEva Gore Booth Award for outstanding Female Performance

1. Kathy Zaborsky, Montparnasse
2. Maria Blaney, Calamity Jane Sends A Message to her Daughter
3. Laura Thompson, The Morning After, Momentum
4. Margo Mac Donald, Elephant Girls
5. Milly Harding PJ Queers

Winner: Kathy Zaborsky, Montparnasse


macliammoirMicheal Mac Liammoir Award for outstanding Male Performance

1. Dan Reeves Ireland, Tyler in Bleach
2. Ryan Thomas Clayton, Dane in Gypsy Queen
3. Stanton Plummer Clayton, Sapphire Queers
4. Nick Bucchianeiri, Boy Lines in Sand
5. Tony Travostino, Man Lines In Sand

Winner: Nick Bucchianeiri/ Tony Travostino, Boy/Man Lines in Sand


 

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Thank You

The 14th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival ended last night with our Gala and Awards Night.  More news to follow on our winners and nominees!

Festival 2017 was the most successful for a number of years and we were happy to report higher average turnout at shows as well as multiple sold-out performances over the past 2 weeks.

We are also delighted with the results from our raffle – you contributed more than ever before and this will make a huge difference as we work towards 2018.

Why does this matter?

As a 100% not-for-profit, voluntary organisation, every cent earned during the Festival:

  • Supports our artists from Ireland and abroad and makes it possible to present diverse voices in theatre, including new writing and emerging talent.
  • Is invested in the local economy to maintain Dublin’s mantle as a major international centre of LGBT theatre – including arts venues, LGBT and tourism organisations.
  • Builds a foundation for next year so that we can bring more unique works to Dublin
  • Helps us to, literally, fly the flag for the LGBT community in Dublin and abroad, to proudly celebrate our identities.
  • To engage more people in the arts – as participants, volunteers and audience.  Every year it is fantastic to see new friendships, artistic collaborations and relationships grow at the Festival.

 

A big thank you…

There are many people we would like to thank as without their amazing support this event simply could not happen:

  • You the audience.  Without your support there would be no Festival.  We hope you were inspired and entertained.  In particular we would like to thank:
    • Our visitors from overseas.  From North America, to Europe, to Australia, your support of the Festival and of our artists makes a larger difference than you can realise.
    • The LGBT community groups who organised group bookings and supported our shows.  Our participants really appreciated your support.
  • Our participants.  Every year they make enormous sacrifices and bring incredible creativity, vision and performances to Dublin.  This year we were particularly delighted to present the largest ever selection of works by and about young people.  We can see that the future of LGBT theatre is very promising indeed.
  • Our volunteers.  Everyone involved in the Festival from the Board and Executive who worked throughout the year to build the event, our tech team, our Front of House volunteers.  It was a pleasure to work with familiar faces and to welcome new talent on board in 2017.
  • Our sponsors.  Thank you to the Arts Council, Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland and RTÉ Supporting the Arts for their invaluable support.
    • A big thank you to the LGBT businesses who supported us with ads in our programme, online reviews and coverage of the Festival and more.
    • In particular we would like to thank Hotel Westport for their generous donation of an weekend in their hotel in beautiful Westport.
  • Our venues.  Thank you to our venues for their assistance and support again this year.
    • We would also like to thank our Festival Club venues who made our participants and volunteers very welcome – Oscar’s Bar Christchurch, Street66, The George and Pantibar.
    • A huge thank you to SpireVision Studios, O’Connell Street for hosting our Box Office.  Our main Box Office was busier than ever and having such a fantastic location and generous hosts really contributed to that.

There are so many others that we would like to thank – including those who generously gave time, resources, equipment and expertise to the Festival throughout the year.

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Review 2017: Love Trumps Everything / How We Glow

Love Trumps Everything *** How We Glow *****

(Review published in theoutmost.com.  Check out more Festival reviews at theoutmost.com here)

The appearance of Trump in the title Love Trumps Everything, has nothing to do with the orange man in the Whitehouse. Instead, it’s the thread that loosely binds three short plays where love overcomes life’s unavoidable obstacles. The first layer in this sandwich is Carolyn Gage’s ‘Calamity Jane Sends a Message to Her Daughter’, an intriguing story, brilliantly delivered by Maria Blaney and well directed by Philippa Alford. If it wasn’t altogether clear to me how this piece fitted into an LGBT festival, that’s no matter.

The sandwich filling is light. Kathleen Warnock gives us a personal insight into her journey to equal marriage with ‘How To Get Married in Five Steps and 17 Years’. And then, we are topped with Candice Perry’s ‘Made in Heaven’. This is a very amusing tale which suggests that in heaven, the big G will make sure we spend eternity with the right partner, even if it’s not who think it is!

Love Trumps Everything – ‘Made in Heaven’

A welcome accompaniment to these pieces is How We Glow, a cleverly crafted verbatim script woven from interviews with LGBT youth in New York. It is wonderfully performed by a bunch of bright, beautiful actors and certainly left me with reassurance that the kids really are alright.

Much credit to Jamila Humphrie and Emily Schorr Lesnick for this refreshing and important social document.

 

Brian Higgins

‘Love Trumps Everything’ and ‘How We Glow’ continue at the Teacher’s Club until May 13 at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm, tickets here

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Saturday €10 Matinees on May 13 @ 2:30pm/4pm

Don’t miss our €10 Saturday matinees which take place at 2:30pm & 4pm.

With shows like Gypsy Queen selling out each evening and 5-star shows such as The Elephant Girls and Spool – this could be your last opportunity to see many of our shows.

Check out our Saturday schedule here.

The Elephant Girls

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