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Review 2017: Spool

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Spool runs at The Teachers Club until Saturday 9pm and Saturday has a matinee at 4pm.

Two handsome young men are tied together in a beautiful exploration of the pressures faced by young men in exploring modern masculinity. Engagement with social media can confuse and prioritise the physical self from the critical uniqueness of the individual – the emotional self.  How do you survive today if one dominates the other? Finn Cooke and Otto Farrant demonstrate how these two are different – one balletic, one literal, both are inter-dependent. Both sleep, wash, play, breath and dance together in perfect harmony. The pressures of modern existence become too much when one feels he can survive away from the other.

This is a blend of physicality, dance and intellect with some beautiful balletic moments, strong and humorous imagery, innocence and relevance. Farrant and Cooke shed all physical inhibition to blend, perform and flow together until cut in two. Can one survive just in body or just in mind in modern society where image is all and communication of the person’s value diminishing in a virtual world?

This melodic duet of body and mind is perfect for audiences of all ages – it explores masculinity in a beautiful form rarely seen and that is just one of the clever levels unmasked in this delightful gem developed by two young performers with a lot to say. Don’t miss it. GF

ByIDGTF

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

The Elephant Girls

 

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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Main Programme

 

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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: Celebrating Female Voices in Theatre

IDGTF is proud to provide a platform to showcase works by women and about women, with a particularly diverse and fascinating programme of works in 2017.

Following on from our general theme of exploring and celebrating identity, the women in these works are discovering who they are – from passion to deep friendship, from artists to criminals, from the voices of young women in modern New York to love in 1920’s Paris.

Lesbian, bi, trans, straight, questioning and from around the world … these women have powerful stories to tell.

Week 1 – Mon 1 to Sat 6 May

montparnassecanvasMontparnasse – A tale of love and lust in the bohemian circles of 1920’s Paris.  Two Canadian women inspire artists as live art models through their naked beauty and spirit of adventure.

 

 

 

both_sides_now_trailerBoth Sides Now / Wasting Paper – a double-bill about young women exploring who they are through art.

In Both Sides Now Lydia tries to figure out her life and sexuality armed with some paper, an old guitar and the music of Joni Mitchell.

 

 

wasting_paperLeaving Cert year can be crazy for anyone, but for Casey it was the year that changed her life.  Her poetry going viral online was only the start.  Find out in Wasting Paper.

 

 

 

 

the-possibleThe Possible / Strange Fruit / The Morning After is a ‘ménage à trois’ of short plays featuring a wedding, a one-night stand and an affair.  In The Possible one women takes drastic action to win over another… But has her scheming gone a bit too far?

 

 

 

Week 2 – Mon 7 to Sat 13 May

margomacdonald_theelephantgirlsThe Elephant Girls is the extraordinary true story of an all-female gang in Victorian London.  Gang-member Maggie sits down in a London pub to tell the whole story – desire, violence and an amazing slice of hidden history.  Don’t miss this critically-acclaimed gem.

 

 

 

calamity_janehowweglowLove Trumps Everything / How We Glow gives you four pieces that explore the experiences of LGBTQ+ women and young people in America.

Love Trumps Everything is a series of short plays celebrating a pioneering woman who dared to break gender norms, the path to legally marry and dating in heaving.

How We Glow brings the real stories of LGBTQ New York teenagers to the stage – their identities, labels and their communities.

 

… and don’t miss Queers – the story of LGBTQ Londoners, including Carol – a teacher during the anti-gay ‘Section 28’ era and Sapphire – a proud trans woman.

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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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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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IDGTF 2017 is on its way!

We are working hard on finalising the programme of IDGTF 2017 which will be announced on March 30th.

We will present:

  • Comedy, drama, music from Ireland and from around the world…
  • Topical works, erotic, romantic, erotic, feminist, youth-theatre, historical, literary and fun works…
  • Free events, weekend matinees, talks…
  • New writing and innovative theatre…
  • Our Gala Awards Night on Sunday May 14th
  • … and much more!

Join us from Monday Bank Holiday May 1st to May 14th

Tickets €10 (matinees) or €13/€15 (evenings)

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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

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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.