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Festival 2018 Dates Announced

IDGTF 2018 will take place from May 7-20 2018

Note: We are currently accepting submissions until December 1 2017.

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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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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Preview of our Week 2 Shows Starting May 8

Our Week 2 programme running from May 8 to 13 has it all!

Love, crime, comedy, tense drama, touching true stories, critically-acclaimed drama, dance and more!

For some amazing drama check out…

The Elephant Girls

The Elephant Girls

 

Lines in the Sand: a riveting and suspenseful drama where a vulnerable gay student falls under the spell of an older man.

 

Gypsy Queen: an unlikely relationship starts between two boxers.  Already promising to be a hit of week 2, from the writer of ‘Away From Home’.

 

The Elephant Girls: don’t miss this critically-acclaimed show, the amazing true story of the rise and fall of an all-female criminal gang who ruled South-East London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queers: in modern London a diverse range of LGBTQ and straight-ish characters tell their intertwining stories.
From the director of our 2016 smash-hit 5 Guys Chillin’

A Peculiar Arrangement

A Peculiar Arrangement – Mike is engaged to Jenny but then he meets John… Things are about to get a lot more complicated in this dark piece.

 

Check out our Short Plays from the US …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Trumps Everything / How we GLOW – four stories celebrating LGBT people in America – real stories of young New Yorkers, Calamity Jane, marriage ‘made in heaven’ and more.

 

Great Comedy:

 

 

Joto! Confessions of a Mexican Outcast – the touching, funny true story of being the ultimate outsider.   The perfect antidote for anyone suffering from Trump overload!

 

Dance and Drama:

 

 

Spool is a critically-acclaimed must see.  A young man’s mind and body interwine through dialogue and dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What to see?? Check out Festival show reviews

Not sure what to see in our busy week 1 programme?

Reviews are coming in fast for acclaimed productions like Montparnasse – check out our Reviews section for more.

You can also find reviews and show updates on our Facebook page.


 

Are you a reviewer and want to review a show?  Or do you want to share a Festival review with us?

Email Conor at pr@gaytheatre.ie

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Preview 2017: Celebrating LGBTQ Youth

We celebrate the challenges and triumphs of LGBTQ youth in 2017.

From sexual awakening to the Leaving Cert, making dubious decisions to standing up for their beliefs our young people are on a roller-coaster journey of discovery!

 

Why not join them from April 30th with Bank Holiday Monday matinees from 2:30pm on May 1st.

Free Seminar – April 30th @ 14:30

Love in the Trenches
Start the Festival with ‘Love in the Trenches‘ a free seminar on the lesbian & gay stories of World War I, including many young people.  Mixing drama and the words of LGBT artists of the time.

 

 

 

 

 

Main Programme

 

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Spool is an extraordinary dance / physical theatre piece involving the body ‘dancing’ with the mind of a confused young man.

 

 

 

 

Lines in the Sand

 

In Lines in the Sand, a middle-aged man ‘rescues’ a vulnerable young high-school student.  But can he be trusted?  Find out in this tense and gripping drama.

 

 

 

 

Fronting
In Fronting David is a young man adapting to life with HIV.  He tells his story as he starts to look for love.  A tale of getting back on your feet and moving on as part of a double-bill of plays.

 

 

 

 

 

Both Sides Now
Both Sides Now / Wasting Paper – two young lesbian & bi women try to figure out their identities through poetry and the music of Joni Mitchell in a special double-bill.

 

 

 

 

 

Bleach
In Bleach Tyler is a young rent-boy living a hedonistic life of men, sex and money.  But one night is going to change everything in this dark, witty adult drama.

 

 

 

 

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How We GLOW tells the real stories of LGBTQ+ youth living in New York.  Features with a series of shorts about being LGBT in America ‘Love Trumps Everything’.

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