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IDGTF at Edinburgh Fringe 2019

We are viewing LGBT-related works and artists at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

Each year we seek works and artists who may be interested in participating in the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.  We have invited many works from Edinburgh to Dublin (and in turn many of our productions have gone on to perform at Edinburgh).

Want to speak to us or have a suitable work?

Send us a message on Twitter at @GayTheatre or email info@gaytheatre.ie.  You can also contact us through the Fringe Arts Industry Office.

We will also be at the promoter’s breakfast on Sunday 19th August.

You can find out more about IDGTF on our Submissions page.

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Be Part of Festival 2019: May 6 to 19 2019

Submissions are now open for the 16th IDGTF which will run from May 6th – 19th 2019.

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Week 2 Preview – Sexuality, Scandal and Secrets

The second half of our programme, designed to celebrate 25 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland, sees plays covering a range of topical issues; from historical LGBT figures, visibility, the Trump era, bisexuality, surrogacy and alcoholism are packed into Week Two of a most innovative programme of theatre that makes Dublin the leading international centre in the world.

‘Tab and Landon’ from Canada is a dark and adults-only insight into scandalous family relationships arriving from Theatre Outré, Canada.

‘Women’s Shorts’ features a trio of powerful and funny pieces about LGBT women.  The hilarious ‘Butt Trumpet’ (USA) reveals some unusual ‘talents’ of Trump’s former spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway. ‘Cherry Pickings’ (UK) follows queer women on a night out and ‘Unseasonable’ (USA) explores the aftermath for two women of a mysterious incident.

“Memories We Lost in the Fire” (UK) and “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (Ireland) both explore young gay/bi men on a journey to understand their sexuality.

Renowned lesbian playwright, Carolyn Gage’s insight into Marty Mann, founder of the National Council on Alcoholism premieres from the USA in “Easter Sunday” (running in a double-bill with lesbian relationship comedy “The Christmas Drill”)

Irelands Blue Heart Theatre Company premieres ‘Passing On’ a story of surrogacy, family and choices as a gay couple’s plans to have a child are thrown off-course by a shocking revelation.

This week also presents an opportunity to see “2 HIStories” a duet of short stories from festival founder and artistic director Brian Merriman, exploring Irish life in the 1980s and UCD founder Cardinal Newman’s lifelong friendship with Fr Ambrose St John.

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€10 Monday Matinees from 2:30pm

Our main programme starts with €10 Monday matinees at 2:30pm and 4pm.

See the following tomorrow (matinee & evening) with more shows starting on Friday:
Be inspired, moved and entertained with stories from around the world, all for amazing value!

You can also catch these shows from 7:30pm on Monday evening.

The Drowning Room – a family gather to remember the victim of a ‘gay bashing’.  But unexpected events lead to dark secrets being revealed.  A powerful drama with a twist.

 

 

 

Ginger Beer – a frank and funny comedy about the perils of being a gay man in 2018 – Grindr, saunas, chemsex… and the perfect dick pic.

 

 

3 Lies About Brooklyn – shipped as a baby by Irish nuns to Brooklyn in the 1950’s, John Farrell tells his extraordinary true story of search for his true identity and sexuality.

 

 

 

Let Me Look At You – a 50-something gay man shares his misadventures in this comedy drama from the UK.

 

 

 

Breda’s Way – lesbian comic Breda Larkin investigates ‘the moving statues’ of summer 1985 in a humorous exploration of gender, faith and life in Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Blue Island ’99 – an extraordinary multi-media coming out story from Taiwan. Do you choose your family & tradition or embrace who you truly are?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writers in the Stars – Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare and Mary Shelley debate ‘who is the greatest’ in heaven.  A comedy drama with LGBT twists!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s Shorts – 3 short comedy plays – gay dating, wedding mishaps and a “straight” mate with a secret!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMASHES – an award-winning comedy about bi visibility past & present – coming out, making out & getting inspiration from a past feminist heroine.

 

 

 

 

Beloved Sinner – relive Oscar Wilde’s last days in Paris in this captivating piece.

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Free Seminar ‘Visibility Changinig Lives’ today @ 2:30pm

Visibility Changing Lives‘ explores LGBT visibility in Ireland and abroad after 15 years of IDGTF & 25 years since decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland.
Join Irish Queer Archivist Tonie Walsh, Marriage Equality Campaigner Grainne Healy and Festival Founder Brian Merriman as they address visibility as a catalyst to educate society and change laws.
Chaired by Seamus Dooley (NUJ) and including panellists Kieran Rose and Dr Kerric Harvey.
The Festival presents our annual free seminar marking this milestone anniversary, resulting in Ireland being a more equality society and world leader for LGBT rights today.
The Teacher’s Club (upstairs) at 2:30pm
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Street 66 Box Office Closed on Bank Holiday Monday

Our main Box Office will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday (to re-open on Tues May 8th).  It is also open on Saturday May 5th.

Tickets will still be available:

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10 HISstories: Book of Irish Gay Plays Launched

This new book of 10 short plays by Festival Artistic Director & Founder Brian Merriman, marking 25 years since decriminalisation in Ireland and 15 years of IDGTF, has been launched.

The majority of the plays have been previously presented at IDGTF while ‘Party Boy‘ and ‘2 HIStories‘ feature in our 2018 programme.

The book ‘10 HISstories: ‘Party Boy’ & Nine Irish Gay Plays‘ is available for sale:

At the IDGTF Box Office

At IDGTF venues from May 6-20

Online via Ticketsolve

Price: €10 (or €15 with postage)

 

 

 

At the Book Launch in the Origin Gallery, Fitzwilliam St.:
l-r: Brian Merriman (author), Adele King, Sen. David Norris, Dr Noelle Campbell Sharp

 

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Box Office Now Open @ Street 66

With Festival 2018 starting in just one week, the IDGTF Box Office is now open!

 

Street 66

Join us in Street 66, Parliament Street for bookings, Festival merchandise and information:

Pop in from 12-3pm Mon-Sat

Phone: 00353892196898

Tickets, Festival badges, T-shirts and books all on sale!

 

 

Alernatively there are many other ways to book or enquire:

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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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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