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!