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2013 Festival Programme Launched

Festival Artistic Director Brian Merriman and special guest Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Andrew Montague launched the 2013 IDGTF Programme this evening at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.

Secure online booking, powered by Ticketsolve, is now available and the programme is available for download.

To read the Artistic Director Brian Merriman’s full launch speech click here.


Festival Table Quiz 13th Wed March 2013

Join us in Pantibar for our 2013 Fundraising Table Quiz from 8:30pm.

Reserve your table now at Table of four: €40.

Hosted by Miss Panti with lots of wonderful prizes!



Thanks To All!

At the end of the day, this festival would not survive without the generations contributions made by so many. We would like to give huge thanks to:

Our sponsors/supporters:
  • Dublin City Council
  •  Fáilte Ireland
  •  RTÉ
  • Reinkarnated Tattoo and Body Piercing
  • Speak Easy Café Bar
  • Pantibar
  • The Front Lounge
  • The Arlington Hotel, Temple Bar
  • Brasserie Sixty6
  • Bradbury’s Bakery
  • Harold’s Cross Surgery
  • Sunday Business Post
  • Gaydar
  • Dublin Bears
  • Tom Purcell
  • Kevin McGee
  • Gerry Cleary 

Our raffle donators:

  • Hotpress
  • Alpha Male Undies
  • Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin
  • Trocadero
  • The Lost Society
  • Carlowe Brewing
  • Cooks Academy
  • Eyre Hair
  • Lush, Grafton Street
  • Carrolls
  • Bare Essentials

All our fantastic front of house, marketing, box office and techical volunteers. And finally, all members of the executive committee who have given their time tirelessly for months.


Online Booking Available Again

The technical problems with online booking have now been resolved.

The problem was due to a technical problem with Realex – the system that handles secure online card payments – it was unavailable from 9am to 3:30pm. Unfortunately this issue was out of our control but we are monitoring it closely.

Note that no existing bookings were affected and all successful payments made are being processed as normal.

There may be a slight slowness when processing payments online due to a back-log of payments. If you have any questions or problems please contact us immediately Again we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will honour all reservations made today while the system was unavailable and we will hold your tickets at the venues up to 5 minutes before the show start time.

Box Office


Box Office Sales Updates

Week 2: May 14th to 20th

Sold Out (only stand-by tickets at the venue)

all shows currently available
Selling Fast (tickets still available but pre-booking recommended)

  • No Fats, No Femmes – Friday [extra seats added due to demand]
  • The Queen B’s – Friday [extra seats added due to demand]
  • The Queen B’s – Friday [extra seats added due to demand]
  • Live Love Laugh – Friday
  • Live Love Laugh – Saturday evening
  • Theatre Shorts – Saturday evening

Important audience note:

We kindly request that all audience members arrive at the venues 10-30 minutes before the start time of the performance in order to assist our venue staff.

Latecomers may not be admitted as this disrupts the performances


Festival Programme Available for Download

The 2012 Festival programme was launched today by guest of honour Senator Katherine Zappone.

The programme is now available in venues around the city centre.

You can also download the programme here


Senator Katherine Zappone Launches Festival 2012

Senator Katherine Zappone was the guest of honour at the Arlington Hotel, Temple Bar as we launched the programme for Festival 2012

Online booking is now open for the Festival with our 2012 brochures coming soon to city centre venues.

Artistic Director Brian Merriman’s Launch Speech and Programme Introduction >>

Launch Speech and Programme Introduction >>



Programme Launch 2012

Calling all press and media:

You are warmly invited to come and join us for the Official Press Launch of the 2012 Festival Programme! All the in’s and out’s of this year’s extremely diverse and wide-reaching programme will be revealed in the extremely central and lovely setting of The Arlington Hotel’s ‘Lower Bar’.

Senator Katherine Zappone, Ireland’s first lesbian member of parliament, will be launch this year’s programme for us.

Come and get a first hand preview of what will be on offer in Dublin this 7-20 May. There will be ample time for interviews, questions and photocalls and because it’s lunchtime fingerfood and refreshments will be provided.

This event is by invitation. To receive an invitation please email in advance for your invitation.


Singing out Returns for 2 Nights Only

DGTF is delighted to announce the return of the ever popular musical cabaret show Singing Out (7&8)

Two nights only in Cobalt Cafe, North Great Georges Street

8.30pm Friday March 2nd and Saturday March 3rd 2012

Starring Brian Merriman, with special guests Ranae Von Meding and Eoin Cannon

An evening music, nostalgia, comedy and romance from a selection of great Musical Theatre shows. Set in the acoustic surroundings of this Georgian Wine bar, this unique musical evening accompanied on piano by Musical Director David Wray.

All proceeds to the 9th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival May 7-20th.

If you can’t attend but want to support the Festival click here for more >>


Valentine’s Table Quiz

Be a single, couple or team at the 9th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival Valentines Night Table Quiz

Feb 14th ♥ 8pm ♥ Pantibar ♥ Capel Street

The best Valentine’s date in town!

Hosted by Panti
Team of four €40 or €10 per person
Reserve a table @

All proceeds to the International Dublin Gay Table Quiz


Gala Award Winners 2011

The 2011 Gala Awards Night took place in the Workman’s Club and was attended by actors and crew, guests, sponsors, volunteers and the Festival committee.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and award-winners. As always the categories were very competitive.


The Patrick Murray Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Gay Theatre

Winner: Mark Pollard

Mark Pollard has actively supported the concept of the gay theatre festival since its inception. He has made a substantial contribution to its development as a recognised art form. Mark has consistently has produced and directed a wide range of award winning quality theatre that has enriched the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival since 2004. This award honours his many achievements as a professional Director and Producer.

The Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing

Michael Scott – One
Jan Derbyshire – Funny In The Head
Steven Dawson – The Adventures of Buttboy and Tigger
Michael Yates Crowley – Righteous Money
Jay Duncan – Sticks and Stones

Winner: Michael Scott – One
The Micheal Mac Liammoir Award for Best Actor

David Ames – Rudi, The Temperamentals
Ricardo Melendez – Queen Sofia, Cloaked
Oliver Walker – Neil, Mysterious Skin
Felix Woods – Tigger, The Adventures of Buttboy and Tigger
Nicholas Cass Beggs – Harry Hay, The Temperamentals

Winner: Oliver Walker – Neil, Mysterious Skin

The Eva Gore Booth Award for Best Actress

Julie Addy – Wendy, Mysterious Skin
Sally Lofthouse – Augusta Byron, My Dearest Byron
Stefanie Priessner – Various, Bang Shoot Blast
Susan Jeremy, Various – Brazil Nuts
Amy Christie – Ellen, The Little Dog Laughed

Winner: Julie Addy – Wendy, Mysterious Skin

The Hilton Edwards Award for Best Aspect of Production

Veronica Rennie, Design, Bette/Cavett
Ricardo Melendez , Costumes, Cloaked
Chris Withers – Lighting and production, The Temperamentals
David Wray, Paul Monaghan and Eoin Cannon – concept and musical arrangements, Memoirs of a Gayshow
Karl Watson/Dan Colley – Script development, Bang, Shoot, Blast

Winner: David Wray, Paul Monaghan and Eoin Cannon – concept and musical arrangements, Memoirs of a Gayshow

The Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award

Ricardo Melendez, RM Carles – Cloaked
Michael Scott – One
Matt Ian Kelly, Joseph C Walsh, Greenwich Theatre – The Temperamentals
Jan Derbyshire – Funny In The Head
Jose Luiz Perez, Julio Bouley – Let’s Pretend We Are Having Coffee Thirty Years Later

Winner: Matt Ian Kelly, Joseph C Walsh, Greenwich Theatre, The Temperamentals


Ticket Availability Updates

Last update: May 13th @ 5pm

Very limited availability **
Irish Theatre Shorts – Fri May 13th

Selling fast *
Irish Theatre Shorts – Saturday
Amy Sings the Icons – Fri & Saturday
Big In Germany – Fri & Saturday
The Gala Awards & Wrap Party – Sunday [extra seats added due to demand]
** Only a few seats remain. Please pre-book to avoid disappointment.

* Seats still available. However we recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment. Please arrive early as all venues have free seating.
Keep watching for updates during the week on ticket availability or contact the Box Office


Renowned Playwright Doric Wilson Has Passed Away

It is with great sadness that we learn of the sudden death of the renowned US gay playwright Doric Wilson. Doric was a pioneer of his craft and was rightly celebrated by the gay and arts community in New York for giving gay people a voice in times when no one wanted to hear.

His legatees, the members of the inspirational gay theatre company he founded ‘The Other Side of Silence’ TOSOS, have performed many times at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. Doric honoured our Festival Director Brian Merriman some years ago by appointing him to the Board of Directors of TOSOS. Our beloved Ambassador Kathleen Warnock and our many friends are grieving at his sudden and unexpected passing. We share in that grief and send them our love as we stage this international celebration of gay theatre which he and his likes made possible by their courage and artistic integrity.

We will dedicate our Gala night and awards this Sunday to his distinguished legacy and lasting memory.

Coming so soon after the loss of Lanford Wilson (no relation) this is a double tragedy for gay playwrighting. Doric leaves a large and loving family of gay artists and audience. His talent and artistic generosity illuminate the international gay arts community. His work and his beloved TOSOS will live on in the care of those who love him.
He will Rest In Peace.


Lorca Is Dead Cancelled

This week’s performances of ‘Lorca is Dead’ in the Back Loft have been cancelled. Unfortunately the production company involved is not in a position to travel to Dublin as planned.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Note that we have 10 other productions starting from Monday May 9th and these are unaffected by this change.


Great Value Saturday Matinees

Don’t miss our Saturday matinée shows at 2:30pm & 4:30pm with all tickets just €10.

Remember: today is your last chance to catch the week 1
shows with all performances ending on Saturday evening from 7:30pm.

Saturday Matinees


Bette / Cavett – Bette Davis’ last ever TV interview lovingly recreated

Project Arts Centre @ 2:30pm



Mysterious Skin – the hit gay novel & movie reaches the stage. Intense & powerful drama.

The Teacher’s Club @ 2:30pm





Cloaked – an opulent period drama about a man who must hide his identity to rule as Queen.

The Back Loft @ 2:30pm






Sticks and Stones – two strangers find themselves trapped in a room – a hustler and a
family man. But how did they get there? A powerful study of masculinity.
Outhouse @ 2:30pm





The Little Dog Laughed – hit comedy about a closeted Hollywood actor, his agent and the rentboy!

The Project @ 4:30pm






The Adventures of Buttboy and Tigger – a raunchy comedy about two guys looking for hook ups, or love, online.

The Teacher’s Club at 4:30pm






The Screw You Revue – award winning and sharp-witted US comedy improv show where no subject is too taboo!

Outhouse @ 4:30pm






Let’s Pretend We’re Having Coffee… – a true story of the ups and downs of promiscuity, love and tenderness

Pantibar @ 4:30pm