Amazing Women’s Theatre Happening Right Now
For 14 years IDGTF has proudly provided a platform for women to perform their works, told the stories of women’s lives, celebrated outstanding women forgotten by history and supported female playwrights.
#WakingTheFeminists 2015: hundreds of women (and supporters) gathered at the Abbey to question the lack of representation of women in theatre for 2016…
We are putting women on the stage right now in 2016. Now is your chance to stand up for women in theatre!
Our productions by women and about women need your support – not just to support women who are on stage and making theatre – but because their stories are powerful, compelling and exciting.
#FeministsAwake! POWERFUL THEATRE BY WOMEN & ABOUT WOMEN
Check out some highlights from our ‘Feminists Awake’ programme – plays by women, about women’s lives, sexuality and the crucial role heroic women have played to shape modern Ireland and the world.
From Helen of Troy to the brave women of 1916 to young women today breaking the mould and defying social taboos! Comedy, drama, cabaret and more.
FESTIVAL WEEK 1: ONLY 2 DAYS REMAINING – SHOWS ENDING MAY 7
Three women defy social conventions to live as a three-way couple and celebrate female sexuality, identity and art.
However things don’t always go to plan in this intelligent, witty and very colourful drama!
Bellelen Helen of Troy – Look Beyond Appearances
A group of lustful men watch a beautiful woman perform for them.
But as her dance unfolds she reveals her powerful inner story as the legendary Helen of Troy.
A moving piece celebrating the strength of women from the legends of ancient Greece to the modern day.
Waking Beauty – A Modern Fairy Tale With a Twist
The classic fairy tale: a beautiful young woman meets a handsome prince and they live happily ever after…
Not here! This young woman secretly desires a beautiful and mysterious stranger and no prince or spell can keep them apart.
A romantic tale that cleverly challenges the usual clichés, by a talented group of young Irish women.
Eirebrushed – Uncovering The Amazing Heroines of 1916
Eirebrushed looks at the LGBT heroes of 1916 and reclaims their voices.
But more than challenging the accepted story of Padraig Pearse and Roger Casement, this play celebrates two heroic women – Elizabeth O’Farrell and Eva Gore-Booth who were ‘airbrushed’ from history.
These two amazing heroines return to share their revolutionary and courageous contributions in 1916.
The true story of a Dublin woman in love with another, on the cusp of the Rising in 1916.
Told mostly in her actual words, Honor Molloy reveals the true story of her great aunt.
Presented in the Irish Historical Shorts along with ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ and ‘The Gentleman Caller’ three short plays revealing the fight in Ireland to love who you wanted to love.
‘Seriously. Camp. Cabaret’ – A Night of Cabaret & Burlesque
Every gender and sexual identity is gloriously celebrated in a magic night of music and performance from classics to hidden gems.
Finally… don’t miss Word Play – a gay man thinks he gets all the abuse in life but his straight female friend has a few observations of her own to share! A comedy about friendship, exploring the labels we give both women and gay men… with some beer thrown in.
International Theatre Shorts – Nuns, Julie Andrews and more!
Our second programme of International Short plays looks at LGBT people from around the world.
Julie Andrews, nuns, lesbian love stories, condoms and a moving coming out story from Iran all feature in this diverse programme in the lovely Cobalt Café.
‘YES’ – Marriage Equality And How It Changed Our Lives
The majority said one simple word; for a minority that word meant everything.
If you have enjoyed The Ref then check out this drama that captures the excitement of the 2015 Marriage Equality Referendum and its impact.
A new play from Colette Cullen.
‘***** – Inspirational accessories are used to underline the performances, which go hand-in-hand with the dialogue, complete with elements of clowning, dancing and slapstick. The energy is infectious, and the performances are flawless.‘
‘**** – This play draws the audience in from the start, with Bates bringing Robert Casement to life with a lightness of touch.‘
‘**** – great timing and have a great connection, and it’s the kind of show that has you debating with your friends afterwards. Go see it if you enjoy banter, exploring the playful use and misuse of words and watching performers who are totally in tune with each other.‘
Additional review for Botox Angels
“It seems like Botox Angels just has it all. Apart from the phenomenal script and great acting, the play is filled with wonderfully choreographed movements.” –Yana Writes About Theatre
This high speed zany comedy from Canada is infectious. Our two young attractive characters Jess and Nick are feckless, lazy and full of themselves – like a next generation ‘Will and Grace’ friendship. They hate their workplace an all night restaurant with a pretty gross clientele.
They do a certain amount of work but are wrapped up in themselves – straight girl and boyfriended male friend. They are self obsessed drinkers who when they are together neither see nor hear anyone else (not even straight co-worker) John – the cinderella of the story. John does everything to be included and the ‘ugly sisters’ are having nothing to do with it. A lovey cameo role that draws the empathy of an audience.
No, Word Play is not a childrens story even if Nick and Jess are childish in their assertions – it is contemporary modern and at times raw. The delivery is so fast paced it is like eaves dropping on a highly charged conversation where we are all on the same wavelength. Sometimes they shout over each other, other times they can’t as one of them is drinking stolen booze. There is real skill in the seemingly casual delivery.
They hug, reaffirm, insult, reject, challenge and question every word uttered in their end of shift ritual. The friendship is deep but there are boundaries. They love taboos and breaking them. Am I slim fat? Is that a name you called me or a term of affection? They are loud, opinionated and self effacing in their razor sharp humour.
If you are lucky, you will be offered a free beer, but don’t imbibe too much because you need all your wits to keep up with this marvellously delivered, very funny fast paced story. Word Play proves Nick and Jess do make a play about words and word plays matter. Runs until Saturday, you will laugh and love it!
Northside or southside… buy tickets and more!
Want to find out more about IDGTF 2016 and buy tickets, books, T-shirts and more?
Our brand new Pop-Up Shop is open daily from 11:30am-6pm at 9 Parliament Street directly opposite the Front Lounge.
Plus grab a tea or coffee while you are there.
And remember that on the ‘Northside’ you can call into Flanagan’s Restaurant at 61 Upper O’Connell Street to our Box Office where you can also purchase tickets.
Open Mon-Sat 12-3pm. Bookings/enquiries by phone: +353 (0) 89 202 9673
From adult drama to cabaret to comedy we explore the loves, desires and lives of LGBT people from around the world.
Check out some programme highlights over the two weeks of the Festival exploring love, lust and relationships.
WEEK ONE – Mon May 2nd to Sat 7th
Bellelen Helen of Troy – A Greek Beauty Reveals Her True Self
A pole-dancer enthrals a lustful group of men with her dance… but she is more than she seems. This is legendary beauty Helen of Troy, transformed into a trans Greek migrant escaping economic chaos. As she performs she will reveal her true self to her audience…
May 2 – 7 2016 @ 7:30pm; Matinee May 2 & 7 @ 2:30pm
In a fascinating piece full of surprises three women explore their sexuality, bodies, power relationships, feminism, philosophy, iconic female artists.
Funny, erotic, dark, cerebral, physical … this play has it all!
May 2 – 7 2016 @ 9pm; Matinee May 7 @ 4pm
Straightened Out – A Musical Celebration of (Equal) Love
Martin P. Koob brings us on a musical journey celebrating love and love songs. Enjoy a glass of wine and give in to romance at this late-night weekend show at the Cobalt Cafe.
May 6 & 7 @ 10:15pm
Waking Beauty – The Story of a Girl Who Wanted More
A little girl is raised to believe that happiness comes from her looks and being chosen to be loved one day by a man… But what if a girl demands more? This romantic drama reveals both hidden heroes and alternative happy endings.
May 2 – 7 @ 9pm; Matinees May 2 & 7 @ 4pm
… and don’t miss our Irish Historical Theatre Shorts featuring a real life lesbian love story from 1916 and our Marriage Equality comedy drama – ‘The Ref‘.
WEEK TWO – Mon May 9th to Sat May 14th
Erect But Unstable – Multi-Faceted Comedy about Queer Love
This gem from Canada explores queer love and sexuality through multiple monologues. Don’t miss this award-winning comedy drama.
May 9 – 14 @ 7:30pm; Matinee May 14 @ 2:30pm
F*cking Men – A Portrayal of Male Desire
Three gorgeous men star in this smash-hit play from London’s King’s Head Theatre. A look at the erotic encounters of 10 men searching for sexual satisfaction.
May 9 – 14 @ 7:30pm & Matinee May 14 at 2:30pm
5 Guys Chillin’ – True Stories of Drugs, Hook-ups and Grindr
This graphic and gripping play also from the ‘King’s Head Theatre’ explores real stories of real men from the world of ‘Chemsex’, Grindr and instant gratification…
May 9 – 14 @ 9pm; Matinee May 14 @ 4pm
Remember Me – Retracing a Relationship
Luc pays his ex a visit, both men searching for comfort and consolation. Swinging from hysteria to moments of tenderness a relationship is laid bare in this Irish drama.
May 9 – 14 @ 7:30pm; Matinee May 14 @ 2:30pm
Away From Home – A Male Escort & a Premiership Footballer
Male escort Kyle gets more than he bargained for when he is hired by a closeted premiership footballer. But can the truth be hidden forever in this exploration of sexuality and homophobia in the world of soccer.
May 9 – 14 @ 9pm
Proposal Under the Rainbow – Meet the Mother-in-Law!
Two fictional dynasties, the Jamesons and the Guinnesses are about to be united as Vivyan plans proposing to his partner Timothy. But first he must face a tricky challenge… the approval of his formidable future mother-in-law, Lady Dorothy!
May 9 – 14 @ 9pm; Matinee May 14 @ 4pm
Alex seems like a normal 25 year old guy on the surface. But behind the moral facade he indulges in his deepest darkest desires. Don’t miss this high-energy adult drama from Germany.
May 9 – 14 @ 9pm; Matinee May 14 @ 4pm
… and from a moving coming-out tale to condoms to lesbian nuns and Julie Andrews don’t miss our sparkling selection of International Theatre Shorts.
Discover our special 1916 programme and please note some important programme changes
At IDGTF 2016 we celebrate heroes and history makers.
One of the highlights of the Festival is our special 1916 Rising programme, where we celebrate the courageous LGBT women and men who fought for personal and national freedom but whose true stories were suppressed or forgotten.
Through drama, short plays and our free seminar we will ensure that their incredible stories are finally heard, including fascinating accounts in their own words.
Don’t miss this special programme running as part of week one of the Festival from May 1st to 7th
IDGTF 2016 launches with a special free seminar exploring the contributions of lesbian and gay people to the Rising.
Chaired by Seamus Dooley of the NUJ it will feature a distinguished panel of academics and writers who will explore the Rising from different perspectives.
This free event is open to all but please register online to guarantee a place.
Sunday May 1st at The Teachers Club (Main Hall): 12-3pm.
This exciting new addition to the programme looks at one of Ireland’s most controversial revolutionary figures and famous gay icons – Roger Casement.
Drawing on his own journals, letters and writings – as well as the infamous ‘Black Diaries’ this play has been described by critics as ‘powerful’, ‘thought-provoking’ with ‘an impressive and assured performance’.
May 2 – 7 @ 7:30pm; Matinees May 2 & 7 @ 2:30pm;
(Replaces ‘Beautiful Friends’ advertised in the brochure)
Eirebrushed looks at the LGBT revolutionaries who fought for personal and Irish freedom and asks what they would think of the modern Ireland that was born from their struggles?
Named after courageous Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell who was literally airbrushed from historical images of the Rising, this play also looks at Padraig Pearse, Roger Casement and Eva Gore-Booth the revolutionary sister of Countess Markievicz.
May 2 – 7 @ 7:30pm; Matinees May 2 & 7 @ 2:30pm.
Our ‘Irish Historical Shorts’ take a look at LGBT history from the time of Oscar Wilde up to late 20th century Ireland. One highlight of this fascinating shorts programme is Honor Molloy’s ‘And In My Heart’ – the true love story of her great aunt as a young lesbian in a revolutionary era.
May 2 – 7 @ 7:30pm.
New Festival Venue and New Book
Appropriately for our 1916 Centenary Programme we introduce a new Festival venue for 2016 – ‘The Pearse Centre’ on Pearse Street opposite Trinity College. Check our 2016 Venue Map for more.
The plays ‘Eirebrushed’ and ‘Wretched Little Brat’ by Brian Merriman have been published in a single volume priced at €15 online including postage.
Also available for a limited period for just €10 direct from Festival venues and our soon to open Festival pop-up shop.
Learn new perspectives on the personalities surrounding 1916 and the lovers of Oscar Wilde.
Due to circumstances outside of our control, all performances of ‘Beautiful Friends’ and ‘To Kill A Machine’ have regrettably been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. For any queries contact email@example.com
The good news is that we have added four new productions into the 2016 programme – more history makers, more comedy and more music!
‘McKenna’s Fort’ – the story of Roger Casement (see above)
‘A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade’ – a straight drummer accidentally becomes a gay rights activist in the fight for LGBT inclusion the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Don’t miss this witty and highly original take on the parade.
Wed 4, Thu 5, Sat 7 May @ 9pm; €10 matinee Sat May 7 @ 4pm.
‘Seriously. Camp. Cabaret’ – for one night only cabaret and burlesque favourites underCURRENT bring you drag, cabaret, burlesque and live music, from Broadway and pop hits to obscure gems.
Fri May 6 @ 9pm.
‘Dear Attracta’ – if you enjoyed the sell-out hit ‘Angela She Wrote: Lansbury the Musical’ in 2015 you’ll love this late-night drag and comedy show from GLAD Productions. Meet agony aunt Attracta Tension as she dishes out no nonsense replies – and songs – on life’s problems.
Fri May 13 & Sat May 14 @ 10:15pm.
Please note the following important announcements regarding the programme:
We regret to inform you that the runs of ‘Beautiful Friends‘ and ‘To Kill A Machine‘ both scheduled for May 2 – 7 have been cancelled. In both cases this is due to external circumstances outside of our control.
All ticket holders are being informed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. For more contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New 1916 Show:
We are delighted to announce that the acclaimed one man show ‘McKenna’s Fort‘ about Roger Casement will replace ‘Beautiful Friends’ in the Teacher’s Club from May 2nd to 7th at 19:30 with matinees on Monday May 2 and Saturday May 7th at 14:30.
This builds on our strong 1916 related programme as we uncover the LGBT heroes who played strong and often under-appreciated roles in the Rising.
New Comedy Musical Show:
We are delighted to welcome back Andrew Deering and Glad Productions who gave us the 2015 hit ‘Angela She Wrote: Lansbury the Musical’.
They return with a brand new late-night show for IDGTF 2016: Dear Attracta.
Expect drag, comedy, drama and some music in a magical hour in the Cobalt Café.
For two nights only: Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May at 22:15pm.
New Burlesque Cabaret Show:
Dublin-based burlesque favourites ‘underCurrent’ bring us a new show ‘Seriously Camp Cabaret‘ for one night only in Players Theatre Trinity College on Friday May 6th.
Bringing you Broadway classics to hidden gems this musical treat is not to be missed.
New Comedy Drama Show:
Building on our theme of heroes and history we bring you an acclaimed and witty look at the struggle for LGBT inclusion in the New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – ‘A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade‘.
With rave reviews from the 2014 Tiger Dublin Fringe we are delighted to announce this late addition to our 2016 programme, running at 9pm in week one in Players Theatre Trinity.
Four performances only: Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Saturday 7th at 9pm and a €10 matinee at 4pm on Saturday 7th.
The scripts of the plays ‘Wretched Little Brat’ and ‘Eirebrushed’ by Brian Merriman have been published as a single-volume book on sale now.
Both works challenge the commonly held understanding of two key events in modern Irish history and explore the personalities involved – the 1916 Rising and the trial of Oscar Wilde and its aftermath.
‘Eirebrushed‘ tells the untold story of the lesbian and gay heroes of 1916. Drawing on extensive research this play restores the voices of the LGBT heroes of 1916, asking ‘what makes a hero?’ and what would they think of the Ireland that has emerged post-1916?
Eirebrushed was a sell-out hit of IDGTF 2014, has featured as a play reading abroad and returns in the IDGTF 2016 programme.
‘Wretched Little Brat‘ premiered at the IDGTF 2015 ‘Winter Programme’. It goes beyond the infamous trial of Oscar Wilde to uncover the true story of persecuted love, moralistic law and endless litigation between Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie) and Robbie Ross, Oscar Wilde‘s lovers.
This joint volume will be on sale at the Festival Box Office and at Festival venues for just €10.
It can also be purchased online, including postage and packaging to Ireland and abroad for €15.