Press Release 2017: Celebrating Our History and Facing Our Futures Together

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Press Release 2017: Celebrating Our History and Facing Our Futures Together

PRESS RELEASE
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Contemporary  stories  of  LGBT  life  in  Ireland  and  abroad  will  be  celebrated  on  Dublin  City centre stages for two weeks opening on the May bank holiday.

Reaching its 4000th performance this year, plays covering a range of topical issues — from being a gay Traveller boxing champion to lesbian  gangsters  in  East  end  London,  and  Mormon  missionaries —  are  packed  into  a  most innovative programme of theatre that makes Dublin the leading international centre in the world.

Launched  by  Senator  David  Norris  and  award  winning  actor  Mark  O’ Halloran,  a capacity audience, including  the Ambassadors of Chile and Norway and the US charge d’affaires, flocked to the announcement of a programme not hosted in any other global city.

Joni  Mitchell,  leaving  certificate  students,  inter -racial  love,  a  diverse  group  of  queers,  high school  students  from  NYC,  Calamity  Jane,  contemporary  HIV  and  transgender  stories,  gay escorts, older community members, a Mexican confessional, lesbian artist models in the 1920s, a  macabre  reunion  between  an  estranged  father  and  his  son,  a  man  with  a  wife  and  a boyfriend,  a  modern  exploration of masculinity separating the emotional from the physical self, and  a  closing  night  of  a  long  established  gay  venue,  the subjects of  new  and  emerging playwrights who find a voice and a stage in Dublin each May, make up this year’s  accessible programme of diverse theatre for the 14th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

Carefully curated from over 100 submissions from around the globe,  five venues across Dublin  city  will  become home to the best  international  gay theatre the world  has  to offer, providing a unique opportunity to see LGBT culture (nine  performances each night)  presented by theatre companies from Ireland, the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Mexico and Scotland.

“Dublin will  once again host the world’s biggest and most diverse LGBT Theatre Festival, in a year when the City Council decided to cut the already small grant being made available to this unique  theatrical  event  that  attracts  worldwide attention”  said  festival founder  Brian  Merriman.  “I suppose if you give so freely to your city, its often taken for granted and this cut of over 10% shocked the LGBT theatrical community, who recognises our work to give the city this valuable label as the world centre for the genre.  This is our fourteenth year staging new and diverse theatre,  welcoming artists  and  audiences  regardless  of  their  sexual  identity.  Everyone  is welcome in this unique festival of theatre, and if the city wants to reduce its small support so be it.”

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For future information please contact:
Brian Merriman, Founder/Artistic Director info@gaytheatre.ie

Secure online booking on www.gaytheatre.ie.
Tickets are priced at €15 per show (€13 Concession/€10 matinee).
Nightly Venue tickets; two plays in the same venue (7.30pm/9.00pm), available at €25.
Matinees are on Bank Holiday Monday (May 1st) and each Saturday (May 6th/13th).

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