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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Preview: Love, Desire and Hidden Passions at IDGTF 2017

As we uncover hidden desires and passions things are about to get very dramatic!

Our heroes and heroines are exploring their deepest desires and passions in 2017.  In this heady mix of love, friendship, lust and sex prepare for some ups and downs!

Passionate friends and lovers, break-ups, rent-boys, questioning ‘straight’ men, young desires, fighters and hidden secrets – our programme has it all!

 

Week 1 – Mon 1 to Sat 6 May

Naked Soldier

 

In Naked Soldier… a young man discovers his desire for other men.  As he searches for new men, he reveals insights about dating and desire.

 

 

 

Bleach

In Bleach… Tyler is a hedonistic and successful London rent-boy.  But one night, two Viagra and three clients burst his bubble and change everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Unexpected Party

 

An Unexpected Party… a year after the death of a gay man, his sister and ex are about to meet to reconcile their feelings.  But she’s drunk and he’s bringing his new boyfriend.  Things are not going to go to plan!

 

 

 

 

Montparnasse

 

Montparnasse… 1920s Paris. Two women reunite in the City of Love in a powerful tale of lust, love and art.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Tearing Up of Fergal & Tim… Fergal and Tim’s ‘civilised’ break-up escalates into a full-on battle of the wills.  In a double-bill with Fronting – on the night he decides to search for love again, a young HIV-positive man tells his roller-coaster story.

 

 

 

 

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In Confessions of a Mormon Boy… we welcome back this hit true story! From innocent Mormon boy to New York rent-boy to finding ‘home’, Steven Fales’ funny and moving story is not to be missed.

 

 

 

Week 2 – Mon 7 to Sat 13 May

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In Gypsy Queen ‘Gorgeous’ George, a feared and admired Traveller boxer, develops a relationship with his coach’s gay son… Prepare for conflict inside and outside the ring!

 

 

 

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A Peculiar Arrangement … Mike is engaged to Jenny, but then he meets John…  A comedy about searching for love and acceptance in an every-changing world.

 

 

 

And don’t miss Queers where a cast of LGBTQ characters share their stories and embrace their identities, and ‘Love Trumps Everything‘ a series of US short-plays featuring marriage equality and heavenly dating!

WARNING: some of the above performances contain adult themes or nudity.  See the full programme for more information.

 

 

 

 

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Secure Online Booking Powered by Ticketsolve

Secure Online booking for all shows is now available for all shows, powered by Ticketsolve available 24/7 here!

 

Here are some booking tips:

  • Remember to present your booking reference number at the venue before the performance. No need to print it – you can simply show us the booking confirmation email on your phone!
  • Don’t forget our get value €10 matinee performances on Saturdays and Bank Holiday Monday.
  • See our Venue Tickets where you can see two performances in one evening in the same venue for just €25.
  • Check out some common FAQs here.
  • If you have any questions or difficulties please email us at boxoffice@gaytheatre.ie.

 

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IDGTF 2017 Preview: Celebrating You and Me

Let’s Celebrate LGBT+ Identity in All Its Forms

Join us on a whirlwind tour from the streets of modern New York and Dublin to Victorian London and 1920’s Paris … from heaven to hell.

Across time and place our plays celebrate our identities – as individuals and as a community.

Our heroes and heroines are stepping away from the ordinary and discovering who they really are –  through religion, sex, youth, romance, drugs, art, violence and love.

Young LGBT people and questioning ‘straight’ men, artists and rent-boys, illegal immigrants and proud trans women, Mormons and boxers

Their stories are funny, romantic, dramatic, erotic and inspirational.

Join them on this journey from May 1st 2017!

 

Special Features of our 2017 Programme:

  • A free World War I Seminar – ‘Love in the Trenches
  • Lots of special double and triple-bills offering endless variety
  • Explorations of LGBTQ youth
  • Powerful drama celebrating the lives and creativity of women
  • €10 weekend matinees offering excellent value
  • Huge diversity – dance, drama, comedy, musical theatre and more
  • Packed with the best new Irish and international drama plus critically-acclaimed works
  • … not to mention our free nightly Festival Club and closing Gala Awards Night!

 

Secure online booking now available at gaytheatre.ticketsolve.com.

Enquires / questions?  Email: boxoffice@gaytheatre.ie.

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2017 Programme Out Now!

Celebrating Me and You!

Our 2017 Programme is out now with secure online booking.

In 2017 we celebrate our identities through extraordinary stories from across the globe.

Join us on a whirlwind tour from the streets of modern New York and Dublin to Victorian London and 1920’s Paris … from heaven to hell.

Find out more about our 2017 programme here.

Download the PDF version here …. coming soon to venues across Dublin!

IDGTF 2017 – May 1st to 14th

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Table Quiz Thank You

A big thank you to everyone who supported our Table Quiz at Street 66 recently, and who helped make this very important fundraising event a fun-filled success. A special thank you to quizmaster Conor Clear and our volunteers, to everyone who took part on the night, to those who donated spot and other prizes, and to Street 66 for being such a welcoming venue.

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Annual Table Quiz

Join us for our annual fundraising evening in support of the 14th Annual Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

Wednesday March 15th at 8PM.

Hosted by Conor Clear.

Street 66 (Formerly “The Front Lounge”),
34 Parliament Street, Dublin 2.

8PM

Tables are €40 for a table of 4.
Places are limited, so we recommend reserving your table via email: quiz@gaytheatre.ie

 

For More Information see our Facebook Event Page

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Mr Gay Ireland 2017 March 4th

Mr. Gay Ireland 2017 takes place in Chambers Bar, Washington Street, Cork on Saturday March 4th.

Proceeds go to the GUIDE clinic, St. James’ Hospital

Click here to book tickets (or buy them at the door on the night)

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IDGTF 2017 is coming!

We are busy working on an exciting programme of theatre for the 14th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival which runs from May 1 – 14 2017.

You are warmly invited to be a part of this unique, welcoming and unforgettable event in one of Europe’s most fun cities.

Potential Participants:

We are currently building the 2017 programme and will be in touch shortly regarding your submission.  For more contact our Artistic Director at  info@gaytheatre.ie.

Visitors:

Why not organise a trip to Dublin to this unique and friendly event?

  • We will host the best of Irish and international LGBT-related theatre in a range of venues conveniently located in Dublin city centre.
  • There will be drama, comedy, music, cabaret and more – including free events, a nightly Festival Club and talks and seminars.
  • In a single weekend you can see up to 6 shows (2 Friday, 4 Saturday) not to mention our free events.  To help plan your visit please email boxoffice@gaytheatre.ie.
  • Tickets are excellent value at only €15/€13 (or just €10 for weekend matinees).  In addition we offer discounts for groups of 8 or more.
  • Tip: why not join us for the climax of the Festival – our closing Gala Awards Night on Sunday May 14th at 8pm.  You can enjoy a great night of highlights from the Festival, our awards and a late-night party.

Volunteers

Why not be a part of the largest Festival of LGBT-related theatre in the world?  Whether you want to learn more about theatre in a range of areas, give something back to the community, meet new people or see great theatre we have a role for you!  Contact volunteers@gaytheatre.ie.

Sponsors

Want to raise your profile to local and international audiences?  Want to contribute something to the arts and LGBT communities?  Want to arrange a social night for your employees?  We have packages to suit you!  Contact corporate@gaytheatre.ie.

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IDGTF at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

We are at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 from August 18th to 23rd seeking relevant works for our 14th annual Festival in 2017.

If you have a work of theatre, dance, cabaret, music or other works with an LGBT theme, relevance or exploring gender and sexuality then we want to hear from you!

To our past participants and friends and supporters at the Fringe we would also like to hear from you.

We will also be at the Promoter’s Breakfast in the Arts Industry Office on Sunday 21st August.

 

Important links:

– Contact us at info@gaytheatre.ie
Information on 2017 Submissions
Find out about more about our Festival

 

If we can’t see your work…

We are trying to see as many relevant works as possible.  However if we can’t get to see your work we still want to hear from you.

Please get in touch and provide us with some information about your show.  If it takes place after we leave Edinburgh we can arrange for a Festival associate to see it.  Otherwise email us and provide as much information as you can about the work … scripts, images, recorded footage etc.

 

We are Tweeting about EdFringe 2016

As we see works during the Festival Fringe we will tweet comments and tips on Twitter at @GayTheatre.

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2016 Nominees and Award Winners Announced

The award winners and nominees for the 2016 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival were announced last night at our closing Gala and Awards Night at the Teachers’ Club.

Festival Artistic Director Brian Merriman paid an emotional tribute to Sean Meehan as a new award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Gender or Identity’ was inaugurated in his memory.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners as well as all of the production companies and individuals who participated in IDGTF 2016.

 

Full list of nominees and winners:

 

Hilton Edwards Award for Best Aspect of Production

Nominees:

  • Brian Fleming: for use of multi-media in ‘A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade’, IRL
  • Mark Power, Cal Folger Day and Sean Denyer: for music and lyrics in ‘The Ref’, IRL
  • ‘Sexmaniac. Anarchist Theatre for the Mentally Unhinged’, Germany: for Design
  • Dood Paard company  ‘Botox Angels’, Netherlands for Design
  • Sean Denyer:  Marketing campaign ‘The Ref’, IRL

WINNER

Mark Power, Cal Folger Day and Sean Denyer: music and lyrics in The Ref, IRL


 

Doric Wilson Award for Intercultural Dialogue

Nominees:

  • King’s Head Theatre production of F*cking Men, UK
  • Peter Darney/Julie  Addy for 5 Guys Chillin’, UK
  • Brian Fleming ‘A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade’, IRL
  • Colette Cullen and Home You Go for ‘YES’, IRL
  • Rob Ward for ‘Gypsy Queen’, UK

WINNER:

Peter Darney/Julie  Addy for 5 Guys Chillin’, UK


 

Eva Gore Booth Award for Best Female Performance

Nominees:

  • Jess Bryson, Jess, ‘Word Play’, Canada
  • Gabrielle Shepherd, The Maiden, ‘Waking Beauty’, UK
  • Denise Quinn, Gina, ‘YES’, IRL
  • Lynda Sturner, Helen, ‘Superlubricated’, USA
  • Virginia Baeta, Marissa/Sister Ann, ‘Nun of the Above’, USA

WINNER:

Lynda Sturner, Helen, ‘Superlubricated’, USA


 

Patrick Murray Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Gay Theatre

WINNER:

Grouse Lodge Academy, Technical volunteers


 

Sean Meehan Award for Outstanding Contribution to Gender or Identity

Nominees:

  • The Minerva Collective for ‘Waking Beauty’ UK
  • Dood Paard Theatre Company ‘Botox Angels’, Netherlands
  • Fenia  Apostolou, ‘Bellelen Helen of Troy’, Greece
  • Michael Bay, ‘Sexmaniac…’, Germany
  • Ara B, ‘Turning 18’, Iran

WINNER:

Michael Bay, ‘Sexmaniac. Anarchist Theatre for the Mentally Unhinged’, Germany


 

Micheál MacLiammóir  Award for Best Male Performance

Nominees:

  • Michael Bates, Roger Casement, ‘McKenna’s Fort’, Ireland
  • Gerard Logan, Wilde, ‘Wilde Without A Boy’ & ‘Ballad of Reading’ Gaol, UK
  • Michael Bay, Sexmaniac…, Germany
  • Elliot Headley, ‘5 Guys Chillin’’, UK
  • Richard de L’Isle, various, ‘F*cking Men’, UK

WINNER:

Elliot Headley, 5 Guys Chillin’, UK


 

Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing

Nominees:

  • Nick May and Jess Bryson, ‘Word Play’, Canada
  • Peter Darney, 5 Guys Chillin’ UK
  • Brian Fleming ‘A Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade’, IRL
  • Andrew Deering, ‘Dear  Attracta’, IRL
  • Arnold Thomas Fanning, ‘Mc Kenna’s Fort’, IRL

WINNER:

Arnold Thomas Fanning, ‘McKenna’s Fort‘, Ireland