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Programme Preview – 1916: Revolutionaries and Lovers

Discover our special 1916 programme and please note some important programme changes
 
At IDGTF 2016 we celebrate heroes and history makers.
 
One of the highlights of the Festival is our special 1916 Rising programme, where we celebrate the courageous LGBT women and men who fought for personal and national freedom but whose true stories were suppressed or forgotten.


Through drama, short plays and our free seminar we will ensure that their incredible stories are finally heard, including fascinating accounts in their own words.


Don’t miss this special programme running as part of week one of the Festival from May 1st to 7th
 

Cumman na mBanIDGTF 2016 launches with a special free seminar exploring the contributions of lesbian and gay people to the Rising.


Chaired by Seamus Dooley of the NUJ it will feature a distinguished panel of academics and writers who will explore the Rising from different perspectives.

This free event is open to all but please register online to guarantee a place.
Sunday May 1st at The Teachers Club (Main Hall): 12-3pm.
 
 

McKennas Fort
This exciting new addition to the programme looks at one of Ireland’s most controversial revolutionary figures and famous gay icons – Roger Casement. 

Drawing on his own journals, letters and writings – as well as the infamous ‘Black Diaries’ this play has been described by critics as ‘powerful’, ‘thought-provoking’ with ‘an impressive and assured performance’.

May 2 – 7 @ 7:30pm; Matinees May 2 & 7 @ 2:30pm;

(Replaces ‘Beautiful Friends’ advertised in the brochure)
 
 
 

Eirebrushed
Eirebrushed looks at the LGBT revolutionaries who fought for personal and Irish freedom and asks what they would think of the modern Ireland that was born from their struggles?


Named after courageous Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell who was literally airbrushed from historical images of the Rising, this play also looks at Padraig Pearse, Roger Casement and Eva Gore-Booth the revolutionary sister of Countess Markievicz.

May 2 – 7 @ 7:30pm; Matinees May 2 & 7 @ 2:30pm.
 
 
 

 
And In My HeartOur ‘Irish Historical Shorts’ take a look at LGBT history from the time of Oscar Wilde up to late 20th century Ireland.  One highlight of this fascinating shorts programme is Honor Molloy’s ‘And In My Heart’ – the true love story of her great aunt as a young lesbian in a revolutionary era.
 
May 2 – 7 @ 7:30pm.
 
 
 
New Festival Venue and New Book
 
Appropriately for our 1916 Centenary Programme we introduce a new Festival venue for 2016 – ‘The Pearse Centre’ on Pearse Street opposite Trinity College.  Check our 2016 Venue Map for more.
 
 
The plays ‘Eirebrushed’ and ‘Wretched Little Brat’ by Brian Merriman have been published in a single volume priced at €15 online including postage.

Also available for a limited period for just  €10 direct from Festival venues and our soon to open Festival pop-up shop.

Learn new perspectives on the personalities surrounding 1916 and the lovers of Oscar Wilde.
 
 
 
 
Due to circumstances outside of our control, all performances of ‘Beautiful Friends’ and ‘To Kill A Machine’ have regrettably been cancelled.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.  For any queries contact boxoffice@gaytheatre.ie

The good news is that we have added four new productions into the 2016 programme – more history makers, more comedy and more music!
 
 
McKenna’s Fort – the story of Roger Casement (see above)
 
ParadeA Sacrilegious Lesbian and Homosexual Parade – a straight drummer accidentally becomes a gay rights activist in the fight for LGBT inclusion the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Don’t miss this  witty and highly original take on the parade.

Wed 4, Thu 5,  Sat 7 May @ 9pm;  €10 matinee Sat May 7 @ 4pm.
 
 
Seriously Camp Cabaret 
‘Seriously. Camp. Cabaret’ – for one night only cabaret and burlesque favourites underCURRENT bring you drag, cabaret, burlesque and live music, from Broadway and pop hits to obscure gems.

Fri May 6 @ 9pm.
 
 
 

Dear Attracta 
 
‘Dear Attracta’ – if you enjoyed the sell-out hit ‘Angela She Wrote: Lansbury the Musical’ in 2015 you’ll love this late-night drag and comedy show from GLAD Productions.  Meet agony aunt Attracta Tension as she dishes out no nonsense replies – and songs – on life’s problems.

Fri May 13 & Sat May 14 @ 10:15pm.
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Festival Preview 2016 – May 2nd to 15th

Celebrate Heroes and History-Makers at IDGTF 2016!

IDGTF is the largest event of its kind in the world. It celebrates the contributions of the LGBT community through theatre and gives a valuable platform to talented and varied participants from Ireland and abroad.

Our programme is carefully curated by our Artistic Director from over 100 submissions to ensure high artistic standards. But most of all it is fun, exciting and open to all!

In 2016 we celebrate heroes and history makers. From ancient Greece to Oscar Wilde to 1916 and on to modern Ireland, Iran and Russia we explore where we have come from and where we now.

Our programme features revolutionaries, footballers, boxers, nuns, hedonists, feminists, geniuses, heroines, lovers, poets and more!

 

Here is a preview of the 2016 Festival Programme:

  • A truly international line-up from Ireland, the UK, USA, Canada, Iran, Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Greece.
  • Approximately 30 productions over 14 days and nights across 6 venues (over 180 performances of theatre in all)
  • Drama, comedy, music, cabaret, dance, free events and more.
  • Multiple World, European and Irish premieres.
  • Exciting new collaborations with the leading LGBT theatre companies in the UK (King’s Head Theatre) as well as with the oldest LGBT theatre in the USA (TOSOS).
  • A series of events related to the 1916 Rising – including full length and short plays and an academic seminar.
  • New writing by female writers and directors in our ‘Feminists Awake’ programme.
  • Irish Historical Short plays as well as International Shorts.
  • A look at the 2015 Marriage Equality Referendum and its aftermath
  • A nightly Festival Club where participants, audience, supporters and volunteers can socialise
  • Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday daytime matinee performances at only €10
  • Our closing ‘Gala and Awards Night’ where we celebrate excellence in the Festival with awards for acting, writing, aspects of production, intercultural-dialogue and contributions to LGBT theatre.

Julie Andrews, Alan Turing, Padraig Pearse, Oscar Wilde, Roger Casement and Helen of Troy will all be joining us for Festival 2016. We hope that you can join us too!

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Review – Away from Home

‘Away From Home’ takes on another taboo – the premier league- in the Players Theatre at Trinity College. This well-produced one man show reveals the secrets of complex masculinity in ‘the beautiful game’ in a seemingly honest portrayal of contemporary sporting life.

Kyle is a complicated young man, rebellious and leading a double-life as an escort, comfortable enough in his own skin. He socialises with the ‘lads’ at the soccer games but services the lads on his client list. Hartsthorn-Hook Productions and Working Progress Theatre Company (UK) present a revealing drama which tackles homophobia in football both internal and group, in a very frank way. Kyle (Rob Ward) is a deserved star of one man show theatre. He is handsome, energetic and totally convincing as the desirable young escort who finds himself ‘crossing the line’ with a famous client.

Writers Martin Jameson (director) and Rob Ward unpack the hidden side of soccer from supporter to player which has strict boundaries between ‘laddishness’ and affection. The play does slightly over-egg the issues near the end, but it is Ward’s completeness in the role that drives the play forward with an honesty and struggle for truth and acceptance. It unpeels the layers of protection of the insisted machismo of throwing your arms around each others in supportive joy when your team scores, to the pub banter that is often offensive to the guy you have your arm around in celebration. Kyle’s separation of all aspects of his life is a precarious balance between telling the family he works with friends and vice versa. It all comes crashing down when love intervenes in an impossible scenario of clashing careers, publicity and fear. The charismatic playing engages the audience from the start and puts this performance truly into the premier league. It is sexy, honest, energetic and convincing throughout and will appeal to soccer supporters, players or anyone who finds love in an unexpected place. Showing in Players Theatre, Trinity College (Through Main Gate, veer left three blocks) at 9pm nightly and 4pm on Saturday.

Festival Review Team

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Review – Tits Up

‘Tits Up’ is the gloriously politically incorrect, predictable comedy contribution from the ever popular ‘Acting Out’ LGBT community drama group that continues to power ahead. It is good to see this form of theatre being included in the programme for 2014. There was quite a subdued audience on Monday night and it is essential with a comedy that insists on ‘sending up’ ever possible minority in an ‘un-PC’ way to go with the flow. If you don’t, you will find yourself the subject of the outrageous humour in the next sequence.

The play centres around a mismatched couple, Clive (Howard Lodge) and Susannah (Rachel Fayne) whose marriage survives on putting others down rather than facing their own realities. It is a series of monologues by writer Sean Denyer than annoyingly evolve from the predictable into the ‘you can’t help but laugh’ scenario for the audience – and that’s what you do – laugh at things you probably should not. Clive is an interior designer in serious denial. Susannah is his outrageous spoiled D4 wife who insists on not ‘judging’ people with hilarious rebounds. However ultimately these thin stereotypes prove to be quite open to change and new horizons, even if some precious status symbols get sacrificed along the way. This marriage fumbles along until Magda and Chuck intervene and all hell breaks loose in the previously sublime surrounds of D4 living. The plot is contrived – it has to be. Sometimes the build up to the predictable is agonising as there can be nothing subtle about this comedy. The pace is somewhat laboured and deliberate and the audience does not need that much assistance in throwing itself into a series of one liners designed to offend and amuse. Do not bring your value system to this just join in one of Susannah’s aerobic classes and watch the consequences unravel as two lives go ‘tits up’ is an hour of farce, humour, and fun in a well lit and camp sound-tracked show in the entertaining hands of this community drama group. Runs at 9pm until Thursday.

Festival Review Team

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Review – Eirebrushed

‘Eirebrushed’ by Brian Merriman is a controversial and challenging piece of theatre that takes a lot of cultural taboos and shakes them to their core. It is what a gay theatre festival is about, if it is to assert a mainstream relevance. This moving, provocative story invites Pearse, Casement, Gore Booth and O’Farrell back to the new ‘Republic of Equals’ to ‘tell their truth’ in 75 minutes of energetic delivery, interesting construction and a rapid fire of ideas, theories, sacred cows and twisted interpretation. It casts the fight for freedom in 1916 beyond the nationalistic struggle and into one for personal freedom. It makes a lot of sense. Ideas are thrown out in quick-fire delivery of questions with answers to an acknowledged audience but it stops rightly short of insisting on a particular conclusion. That is up to us and we have a range of options we didn’t have before the play began to consider. The audience has to work at this and it is definitely a piece that a walk along the boardwalks afterwards will help to digest.

Killian Sheridan presents a fragile Pearse, not the leader expected. He still struggles with truth and dogged certainty, a century later. Stephen Gorman’s rasping Casement is well presented without any baggage. He is forthright, to the point, honest sometimes with considerable humour. That is what might be expected of a story of heroism in 1916, but the discussion of womens’ rights, passionately placed in the hands of Joanne Logues’ Eva Gore Booth and Diana O’Connor’s empathetic Nurse Elizabeth O Farrell, is the real feminist heartbeat of the piece. Logue’s is eloquent as a campaigner and writer. Farrell’s down to earth, low energy logic connects the audience into a complicated plot with humour and ease. There is some astonishing research and the thematic connection of the common bonds between the heroes in the final scenes is powerful and revealing. The relevance of the struggle for personal freedoms today is not lost. Excellent lighting and design graphics keep the heartbeats pounding as the Republican idealists stand accused of replacing a political oppressor with a conscience oppressor for another century. It is a battle of Church and State as Casement notes, ‘oppression is often defined by borders but the worst is within’.

This play reaches out way beyond the remit of this theatre festival and if it begins a new approach to examining this oncoming decade of anniversaries then it will contribute something relevant and important and fuel many a debate in the days to come. It will not be so easy to ‘airbrush’ out the contribution of LGBT heroes in the future or to accept the narrow definition constructed in the text books so easily and limiting. Provocative, controversial, revealing and new. Runs until Saturday in the New Theatre at 7.30 pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Festival Review Team

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Review – A Boy and a Bean

‘A Boy and A Bean’, by ‘Nick n Tom’ comes direct to Dublin from it’s Mardi Gras award winning performance in Sydney. Following a great tradition of Australian theatre at the festival, ‘ A Boy And A Bean’ is a twist on the classic fairytale ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ set in contemporary Sydney, with a marriage equality message. The story is charmingly delivered by Nick Atkins in an hour of intimate theatre that just flies by. The storytelling is delivered through the eyes of 19 year old Jack, 24 year old David and a Giant whose presence swings from sinister to reality. He cuts to the chase of modern relationships and raises the bar at crucial moments as we skip through a decade of Australian events that progressed and regressed marriage equality.

This modern urban tale also skips through modern day Australian politics (with an explanatory guide) with a timely message for those formulating their campaigns for equality in Ireland next year. It explores the manipulation of the marriage equality debate by religious groups who fundraise to oppose equal marriage via coffee franchises in a strong performance piece that charms, entertains and informs. From the chanteuse/cabaret welcome, to the careful manipulation of a mountain of coffee beans, through to general knowledge trivia, placed in the story to challenge you to be accurate in assessing your own actions in a relationships, this piece does a lot more than campaign for rights. Jack and David are two inadequately prepared young men at its centre and the play reveals all the truth and carelessness along the way to building a meaningful relationship. It is a love story which falls victim to the inadequacies of the boy from Wogga Wogga finding his way in the big city who struggles to find the format for a same sex relationship that works. Atkins is petite and powerful with a diversity of characterisation that sustains this structured piece in a warm and engaging way.

The use of multimedia, sharp technical delivery and an unflagging delivery makes for a charming afternoon of theatre that plays again on Saturday in the New Theatre at 4pm but nightly at 9pm all week until Sunday. This heart-warming tale of two guys, a dog, a beanstalk and an outcome is modern, relevant and thoroughly entertaining.

Festival Review Team

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Musical Highlights 2014

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2 actors, 8 characters and a whole host of fabulous costumes

From award winning Irish Director Mark Pollard, The Dressers is a bright new fun show, full of wonderful tunes, lots of laughs and of course real heart.

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From ‘junkie’ to ‘functional’ with a little help from Madonna

‘Chicken- Fried Ciccone’ is an unapologetic comeback story about turning adversity into personal triumph. Starring last year’s GALA award winner J. Stephen Brantley.

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An evening of music of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim

Starring Stella Bass, one of Ireland’s leading jazz singers, A Little (Jazz) Night Music features brand new jazz-inspired arrangements by acclaimed musician/arranger, Cian Boylan.

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The decade of cheesy pop, too much eyeliner, and really big hair

Acceptable in the 80s – Lady K and Ruby Noir sing, play, perform and discuss the music of their favourite queer icons and artists of the camp 1980s, in this two-night-only prodcution.

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David Turpin’s exclusive performance

Equal parts Laurie Anderson and Hans Christian Anderson, ‘The Late David Turpin’s’ meticulously curated electro-acoustic songs invites you into a beautifully unsettling otherworld.

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Falling in love with a coke addicted rent boy…

Man Enough follows 18-year-old Chris loving life and conquering the world – one man at a time. But when he stumbles across Joey, love and sex will take on a whole new meaning.

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A drag comedy musical extravaganza like no other!

Join Maggie in the 80’s as she gets lost in Soho on the eve of a vote to pass an anti-gay law. Catch the Irish Premiere of Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho.

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Comedy Highlights 2014

Is it possible to wear a strap-on without getting a wedgie?

Check out last year’s sell-out comedian, Breda Larkin, in her outrageous stand-up, Other Women’s Vaginas. You won’t want to miss this world premiere
comedy.

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A drag comedy musical extravaganza like no other!

Join Maggie in the 80’s as she gets lost in Soho on the eve of a vote to pass an anti-gay law. Catch the Irish Premiere of Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho.

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Lesbian and Bi women bare all in hilarious storytelling play

In Lesbian Style we hear powerful warm tales from romance to role models, coming out to breaking up, bereavement to bejazzling in a revelation of honest heartfelt insight.

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Savagely funny, relevant and moving.

Civil Parting is the unravelling of one of the first gay marraiges in South Africa , never straightforward, often hilarious, sometimes not…

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Award-winning US comedy drama

Winner of Chicago’s best new LGBT writing award, At the Flash features the stories of five characters past & present.  Both moving and funny and not to be missed.

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Something for everyone in a packed ‘Shorts’ programme

The ever-popular programme of short plays returns, including a lesbian couple misremembering the night they first met and a handsome gay doctor who must confront his grandmother.

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Their lives are about to go tits up…come watch!

The world of a couple who, seem to have it all, is about to unravel as they are forced to face the lies they have told each other, and themselves. See the premiere of Tits Up only at the IDGTF.

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