Category Archive News

ByIDGTF

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

ByIDGTF

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)

ByIDGTF

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.

ByIDGTF

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.

ByIDGTF

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

ByIDGTF

Ticket status for upcoming shows – Don’t miss out

Tickets are selling fast for many weekend shows.

  • Please ensure that you arrive at the show at least 15 minutes before the start time.  Shows must start on time and it won’t be possible to admit late-comers.
  • Buying tickets at the door?  Please check this post for regular updates.  Again best to arrive early to guarantee a seat.
  • Don’t forget our €10 matinee shows.  Not only are they great value but it’s another chance to see heavily selling shows.

SOLD OUT:

There may be a couple of standby tickets at the door but otherwise no more tickets available.

  • No shows sold out yet

ALMOST SOLD OUT

A small number of tickets may be available on the door but pre-booking is strongly recommended to guarantee a seat.

  • ‘5 Guys Chillin’ : Fri May 13
  • ‘F*cking Men’ : Fri May 13

SELLING FAST (BUT STILL AVAILABILITY):

(For these shows you should be able to get tickets at the door but pre-booking is recommended.  Please arrive in good time for the performance)

  • ‘Remember Me’ : Fri May 13
  • ‘Dear Attracta’ : Fri May 13

GOOD AVAILABILITY

All other Friday and Saturday performances still have reasonably good availability.  However keep checking for updates.

ByIDGTF

Week 2: Erotic, Funny, Intelligent, Moving Drama – Starting Today

We have a completely new line-up of productions starting from 7:30pm this evening and running until Saturday.


Our week two programme has something for everyone, including:

 
CELEBRATE EQUAL MARRIAGE!
 
If you enjoyed ‘The Ref‘ in week one, you’ll love these must-see shows looking at Marriage Equality and its impact on everyone – male, female, gay, straight.
 
Proposal Under the Rainbow – Equal Marriage (…with a Few Hurdles in the Way)
Proposal Under the Rainbow

A man plans to marry his fiancé – both successful and in love.
One small problem… he must first face his future mother in law – Lady Dorothy – and she is not going to give her son away easily!

Don’t miss this comedy, showing that the battle for marriage is not quite over yet!
May 9 – 14 @ 9pm; Matinee May 14 @ 4pm
 

 

YES – How Marriage Equality Changed Our Lives
 
YESA lesbian in a committed relationship, a gay activist, a student and the mother of a gay son…
Ireland said YES and their lives were transformed.
Recapture the excitement and drama of the referendum in this funny and moving drama.
7:30pm Mon-Sat; 2:30pm Sat 14; Over 18’s only
 
 
THE SECRET LOVE LIVES OF GAY MEN EXPLORED
 
Like the perfect date – the characters in these shows are attractive, sexual and intimate.


However beware – beneath the surface lie hidden desires and secrets waiting to be revealed.


Behind the adult themes and a dash of humour these shows also pose deeper questions about relationships, intimacy and the sexual activity of LGBT people.
 
F*cking Men – Candid, Lustful … and Moving
F_cking Men
 
This smash-hit play from the King’s Head Theatre in London finally reaches Dublin!

Follow the stories of 10 men looking for erotic encounters and maybe more.

Candid, lustful and brutally honest.
7:30pm Mon-Sat; 2:30pm Sat 14; Over 18’s only
 

 

5 Guys Chillin’ – Hidden Encounters of Real Men Revealed
5 Guys Chillin'
Another play from London looking at the sex lives of men – the secretive world of ‘Chemsex’ and online hook-ups.
Based on real interviews with real men don’t miss this critically acclaimed piece.

See this and F*cking Men for only €25 with our Venue Ticket

 

9pm; Mon-Sat; 4pm Sat 14; Over 18’s only
 
 
Away From Home – A Male Escort & a Premiership Footballer
Away From Home

A male escort meets a Premiership footballer for regular, secret encounters.
However in our tabloid age some secrets can’t be kept forever…

An intelligent, funny play looking at a closeted gay footballer and homophobia in sport.
9pm; Mon-Sat; Adult themes

 

Remember Me – An Explosive Encounter With Your Ex
Remember Me
 
A man meets his ex – both looking for comfort and intimacy.
Things however don’t quite go to plan as feelings are laid bare in a roller-coater of romance, raw emotion and revealed secrets.

7:30pm; Matinee May 14 @ 2:30pm 

 
 
 
 
 
Sexmaniac
Alex seems to be an attractive, respectable, mid-twenties guy.

But this is all a lie… Watch his world collapse as he succumbs to all of his desires and fantasies.
May 9 – 14 @ 9pm; Matinee May 14 @ 4pm

 
 

 
ENJOY AN EVENING OF COMEDY (… AND LEARN A FEW THINGS ALONG THE WAY… )
 
Fancy an evening of comedy? 

Our week two shows feature a diverse range of comic characters ready to tell these stories and even dish out a few tips on relationships and life!
 
Erect But Unstable – A Comedic Cabaret of the Ups and Downs of Love
Erect But Unstable
 
John Arthur Sweet brings his award-winning comedy to Dublin.


Playing multiple characters from Montreal’s Gay Village, he will teach you a thing or two about love and relationships with sharp observations and many laughs.


7:30pm; Matinee May 14 @ 2:30pm
 
 
 
 
Must Be Nice – All Irish Families Have Their Secrets!
Must Be Nice
 
Jimmy Doyle tells the hilarious story of growing up gay in an American/Irish Catholic family.  Like all Irish families they are tribally loyal but full of secrets.

From Hollywood to a farm in Ireland, Jimmy will reveal all in this comedy  show, produced by singer Brian Kennedy.
 
May 9 – 14 @ 9pm; Matinee May 14 @ 4pm
 
 
 
 
 

Dear Attractra – Late-Night Love Advice (and Songs!)
 
Dear AttractaUnlucky in love? Feeling down? Don’t worry, agony aunt Attracta Tension is here to solve your problems…
With candid advice, sharp wit and a few songs thrown in – laughter is definitely the best therapy!

From the team that brought you ‘Angela She Wrote: Lansbury the Musical’
 
May 13, 14 only @ 10:15pm
 
 

 



 
FOR THOSE WHO WANT IT ALL… CHECK OUT OUR SHORTS

International Theatre Shorts – Moving, Funny, Diverse Short Plays from Around the World
 
International Shorts

Turning 18
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nun of the AboveSuperlubricated
 
 
 
 

Too busy to see all our shows? Want moving stories, love, lust and laughs all in one night?


Then check out our ever-popular programme of International Shorts.

From coming out in Iran, to lesbian nuns, Julie Andrews and contraception.

A varied and entertaining night for four short plays is guaranteed.

 

ByIDGTF

#FeministsAwake! Powerful stories by women, about women at IDGTF

Amazing Women’s Theatre Happening Right Now

For 14 years IDGTF has proudly provided a platform for women to perform their works, told the stories of women’s lives, celebrated outstanding women forgotten by history and supported female playwrights.

 


#WakingTheFeminists 2015: hundreds of women (and supporters) gathered at the Abbey to question the lack of representation of women in theatre for 2016…
 
We are putting women on the stage right now in 2016.  Now is your chance to stand up for women in theatre!

Our productions by women and about women need your support – not just to support women who are on stage and making theatre – but because their stories are powerful, compelling and exciting.
 
#FeministsAwake! POWERFUL THEATRE BY WOMEN & ABOUT WOMEN
 
Check out some highlights from our ‘Feminists Awake’ programme – plays by women, about women’s lives, sexuality and the crucial role heroic women have played to shape modern Ireland and the world.
 
From Helen of Troy to the brave women of 1916 to young women today breaking the mould and defying social taboos!  Comedy, drama, cabaret and more.

FESTIVAL WEEK 1: ONLY 2 DAYS REMAINING – SHOWS ENDING MAY 7
 
Botox Angels – Feminism, Sexuality, Power, Art
Botox Angels
 

Three women defy social conventions to live as a three-way couple and celebrate female sexuality, identity and art.
However things don’t always go to plan in this intelligent, witty and very colourful drama!
 
 

 
Bellelen Helen of Troy – Look Beyond Appearances
Bellelen
 
A group of lustful men watch a beautiful woman perform for them.
But as her dance unfolds she reveals her powerful inner story as the legendary Helen of Troy.
 
A moving piece celebrating the strength of women from the legends of ancient Greece to the modern day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Waking Beauty – A Modern Fairy Tale With a Twist
Waking Beauty
 
The classic fairy tale: a beautiful young woman meets a handsome prince and they live happily ever after…

 


Not here! This young woman secretly desires a beautiful and mysterious stranger and no prince or spell can keep them apart.
A romantic tale that cleverly challenges the usual clichés, by a talented group of young Irish women.

 
 
 
Eirebrushed – Uncovering The Amazing Heroines of 1916

 

Eirebrushed
 
Eirebrushed looks at the LGBT heroes of 1916 and reclaims their voices.
But more than challenging the accepted story of Padraig Pearse and Roger Casement, this play celebrates two heroic women – Elizabeth O’Farrell and Eva Gore-Booth who were ‘airbrushed’ from history.
These two amazing heroines return to share their revolutionary and courageous contributions in 1916.
 
 
 
And In My Heart

The true story of a Dublin woman in love with another, on the cusp of the Rising in 1916.

Told mostly in her actual words, Honor Molloy reveals  the true story of her great aunt. 

Presented in the Irish Historical Shorts along with ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ and ‘The Gentleman Caller’ three short plays revealing the fight in Ireland to love who you wanted to love.
 
 
 ‘Seriously. Camp. Cabaret’ – A Night of Cabaret & Burlesque
Seriously Camp Cabaret 
Every gender and sexual identity is gloriously celebrated in a magic night of music and performance from classics to hidden gems.
 
 
 
Word Play
 
 
 
Finally… don’t miss Word Play – a gay man thinks he gets all the abuse in life but his straight female friend has a few observations of her own to share!  A comedy about friendship, exploring the labels we give both women and gay men… with some beer thrown in.

 
 
 
 
 

WEEK 2: STARTING MONDAY MAY 9TH
 
International Theatre Shorts – Nuns, Julie Andrews and more!
 

 
International Shorts

Our second programme of International Short plays looks at LGBT people from around the world.
Julie Andrews, nuns, lesbian love stories, condoms and a moving coming out story from Iran all feature in this diverse programme in the lovely Cobalt Café.
 
 
‘YES’ – Marriage Equality And How It Changed Our Lives
 
YES
The majority said one simple word; for a minority that word meant everything.

If you have enjoyed The Ref then check out this drama that captures the excitement of the 2015 Marriage Equality Referendum and its impact.
A new play from Colette Cullen.