Our annual Table Quiz takes place on March 22nd from 8pm. Tickets are €40 for a table of 4. If you don’t have a table come along and we will find a way to accommodate you.
Hosted by TV3’s Conor Clear join us for great prizes and a raffle.
A letter from Brian Merriman, Artistic Director of the IDGTF to the Irish Times regarding the controversy about the level of female representation in the Abbey’s 1916 Centenary Programme.
Sir, – The “grant cake” that too many depend on is too small. Creativity today is about conforming to pre-established criteria and frameworks designed by committee.
We’ve a question for #wakingthefeminists, which we support, how many of you have engaged with our unique International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, which has staged and supported 3,000 performances of new works that prioritise feminism, identity (and masculinity) since 2004?
We identified that there was a paucity of women writers and opportunities for their work to be seen, so we worked on it. We mentored, fundraised, risked knowing audiences would be small, but created a valuable space. In total, after 12 years of identifying and supporting this vital work, we get combined (arts and tourism) grants of €71 to stage each performance and to run the festival. Has anyone ever raised an eyebrow, bought a ticket or during this debate referred to our achievements in this field long before it began trending on social media? The real debate should be about why people are excluded from theatre and accessing resources when they are doing what theatre should be doing. If all the feminists and their supporters turned up at our exceptional programme of feminist theatre staged in Dublin this year, we wouldn’t have had so many empty seats and so many female artists left in debt.
It’s cool to fill the Abbey Theatre when the cameras are there – it’s more valuable to support theatre when it’s being created and performed at bargain prices, in the hope that authentic voices can be heard in a sector crying out for invigoration and relevance. – Yours, etc,
Gay Theatre Festival,
We will at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 14th to 19th August and if you have have a production we might be interested in we’d like to hear from you. We have taken productions from every Fringe for the past 10 years and we hope that 2014 will be no exception.
Click here to find out about what we are looking for.
Click here to find out about submitting to our 2015 Festival.
For more information, to get in touch or tell us about your production please contact our Artistic Director Brian Merriman at email@example.com.
Finally if you are looking for Festival tips with an LGBT relevance follow us on Twitter: @GayTheatre
The nominees and winners of our Festival Awards were announced at the closing Gala Night and Awards in the Sugar Club on Sunday May 18th in front of our audience, guests and companies.
Again this year it was challenging to choose just one winner in each category and we congratulate all of our winners and nominees.
Micheál Mac Liammóir Award for best Male Performer
Nick Atkins – A Boy and a Bean
Matt Tedford – Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho
Zion Ashkenazi – Jean Genet
Rob Ward – Away from Home
David Leeper – At the Flash
WINNER: Matt Tedford
Oscar Wilde award for Best new Writing:
Nick Atkins – A Boy and a Bean (Australia)
David Leeper and Sean Chandler – At the Flash (USA)
Hilary McColum – Lesbian Style (Northern Ireland)
Rob Ward and Martin Jameson,- Away from Home (UK)
Zion Ashkenazi – Jean Genet Son of a Bitch (Israel)
Nicholas Spagnoletti – Civil Parting (South Africa)
WINNER: Jean Genet, Son of a Bitch
Doric Wilson Award for Inter-Cultural Dialogue:
My Dorian (USA) for university collaboration
Aunty Ben (Ireland) for bridging the generation gap
Acting Out with Tits Up (Ireland) for Community Drama
Away From Home (UK) for tackling homophobia in sport
For The Trumpets Shall Sound for presenting the experiences of war and the trenches
WINNER: Aunty Ben!
Eva Gore Booth Award for Best Female Performance:
Kayleigh Hawkins as Nora in For the Trumpets Shall Sound (UK)
Therese Prendiville as Grace in Grace and Maggie (Ireland)
Amy Flood as Tracey in Aunty Ben (Ireland)
Sarah MacDonnell from Two from Provincetown (USA)
The Ensemble from Lesbian Style (Northern Ireland)
WINNER: Lesbian Style: Michelle Wiggins, Abby Oliviera, Claire Dooher, Mel Bradley!
Patrick Murray Award for Outstanding contribution to Irish Gay Theatre
WINNER: Annick Thijs, Director of Volunteers IDGTF
for outstanding dedication to the Festival
Many of our closing Saturday performances are selling fast. To avoid disappointment we strongly recommend pre-booking either online or through our Box Office.
Shows with very limited availability include:
Tickets still available but pre-booking recommended for the following performances:
Don’t forget our Saturday matinee performances with tickets only €10 !
Due to strong demand an additional performance of Aunty Ben has been added for Friday May 16th at 6pm in the Teacher’s Club.
Please note that there are a limited number of tickets still available for the Saturday matinee performance so online booking is strongly advised.
Our Festival Box Office is now open in the Arlington Hotel Temple Bar.
Drop in if you’ve any queries about the Festival or to book tickets for any of our shows.
You can also call us on 085 871 9466 (Mon – Sat: 12-3pm until May 17th)
See our Box Office page for more information.