The book “Wilde Stages in Dublin – a Decade of Gay Theatre” by Festival Artistic Director Brian Merriman is now availble.
The book explores the context and background to the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival as well as providing an invaluable compendium of the last ten years of theatre from the world’s largest festival of gay theatre.
‘Wilde Stages in Dublin’ is now available for purchase:
About the author:
Brian Merriman was born in Dublin and grew up in Wexford and Waterford. He returned to Dublin to study journalism which led him into a life of political engagement through civil service, as Vice President of the National Youth Council of Ireland and as the youngest person ever appointed to the Board of a State Body in 1983. His love of theatre was first developed as a boy soprano and later in attending the Opera Festivals in the Theatre Royals of Wexford and Waterford. Brian studied singing at the College of Music, Dublin, for many years with Daphne M. Clifford. He was cast in leading roles in musical theatre and was a prize-winner at Feis Ceoil. He began his award winning directorial career of over 300 productions and events in the 1980s. Brian founded the innovative DAYMS (later the Musical Company) in 1984,that staged award winning premiere productions for twenty five years. His professional theatre career accelerated, bringing his work to the theatres of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales and the Isle of Man. He began an association with the Olympia Theatre, Dublin in the 1990s that lasted a decade. Simultaneously, he was working in the fields of equality and human rights. He graduated with a Master’s Degree from University College Dublin in Equality Studies in 2003 and continues to work in this field today, including raising funds to support people living with HIV/Aids, and visibility of gay life in rural Ireland.
Brian’s love of theatre and his egalitarianism, combined to create ‘The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival’ in Dublin in 2004. As Artistic Director, he has dramaturged over 1,000 new plays about gay life and culture from Irish and International playwrights. The Festival has presented over 2,000 performances of the successfully selected plays in Dublin in the past decade. He has had his work broadcast and televised and has written a series of short gay themed plays including “The Gentleman Caller”, “Tumbling Down”, “Seventy”, “Pieter’s Coming Out” and “Poets’ Cornered” and has written and produced his short film “No Evidence”. This is his first book.
Newsletter: March 20 2013
It’s here! After many months of preparation the 2013 IDGTF programme is finally available with secure online booking at www.gaytheatre.ie.
From Argentina to Africa and Australia, from S&M to quantum physics and opera, we celebrate diverse stories of LGBT people, sexuality and gender through over 35 productions of drama, comedy, music and free events. 2013 sees our most diverse programme ever. In it you will find soldiers, footballers, lesbians, bisexuals, Mormons, Latinos, gay icons, composers, fetishists, physicists, poets, strippers, teenagers, drag-queens, major historical figures and much more!
Judy, A Tribute
PROGRAMME QUICK PREVIEW
We make a little bit of history with our tenth anniversary Festival! To celebrate we celebrate gay history by looking at the lives of major historical figures – revolutionaries, playwrights, artists, composers. Beware, as we show you some historical figures as you have never seen them before!
You will find many musical treats in the 2013 programme including opera, 60’s gay musical icons and more ranging from Debussy and Liszt to Dusty Springfield, Lulu and Judy Garland.
Shout! The Mod Musical
The Francis Bacon Opera
There is no shortage of comedy in the 2013 programme from around the world from Latino LGBTQ comedy shorts to the exploits of a gay Dutchman. Of course there is a wide range of drama from dark tales of teenage love to soldiers to Mormons. Don’t miss our selection of new Irish drama and our largest ever programme of short plays featuring drama and comedy. We also explore gender identity from communist Poland and Shakespeare with a twist, to the mysteries of nature. This year also sees a series of plays exploring sex, fetish and more. With both dark and comic themes these productions are strictly for adults only..! Don’t miss our extensive women‘s programme of comedy, short plays and drama from lesbian trail-blazer Eva Gore-Booth to a comic story of a teenage tomboy. Finally don’t miss our largest ever programme of free events including play readings, a series of audiences with gay community figures and our tenth anniversary gay theatre seminar.
If you have any queries about online booking or our programme contact our box office at email@example.com. Telephone booking and our box office will be available from late April.
Are you part of a group of society and want a night out at the theatre? Note that we offer discounts for groups of 6 or more. Book now while seats are still available for all performances. For more contact our box office.
A big thank you to everyone who supported our Festival Table Quiz last week. Congratulations to the prize-winners and a big thank you to our sponsors and supporters not least Panti, our fabulous Quiz Mistress! And… there is still time to become a Festival volunteer. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A big thank you to everyone who supported our Festival Table Quiz last week. Congratulations to the prize-winners and a big thank you to our sponsors and supporters not least Panti, our fabulous Quiz Mistress! And… there is still time to become a Festival volunteer. Contact Dermot at email@example.com.
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.
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 raffle donators:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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)
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