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Adapted from the novel by Der Nackte Soldat by Bellman O, this one-man show from Germany follows the journey of Alwin in 1960’s and 70’s Austria, as he discovers his sexuality and is compelled to live a double life, compartmentalising his carnal experiences well away from his daily ones.
A solo show either stands or falls on the quality of the performance, and in the Outhouse’s small theatre there is absolutely no space to hide. Fortunately in Nils Wilkinson’s (main picture) beautifully modulated performance, The Naked Soldier is in safe hands. He manages to convey the conflict and detachment within Alwin brilliantly, in a portrayal that is all the more powerful for its understated grace.
Credit must also go to director Miguel Granja for a finely nuanced production. This sad, sombre piece really is a thing of chilling beauty.
Naked Soldier continues at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival until May 6 at the Outhouse. Performances at 7.30pm with a matinee 4pm on Saturday, book tickets here
FESTIVAL REVIEW: Naked Soldier Outhouse, 7.30pm nightly, Saturday matinee 4pm.
Germany from the 1960s and Alwin’s emerging sexuality is explored with school friends secretly in the attic, mindful of the disapproval of family, neighbours and Church. It’s almost impossible now to understand how gay people connected in those silent days without media or confirmation of status. Nils Wilkinson’s tall, statuesque portrait of that time is dark, sombre and detached. There isn’t much love, just coping with desire and compartmentalising excitement.
In beautifully enunciated English, he accounts for, rather than blames the key influences of his circumstance, no gay angst here – and maybe it needs a little, just to shake the untouchability of the central character. Alwin accepts his task of survival like a dutiful soldier and succeeds on the surface. That is his highest ambition.
Staging is minimal in the tight space, there is a resonant soundtrack and as for nakedness, it’s there but it’s the exposed starkness of character, restricted emotion and self control that remains. There is an elegance in the telling, perhaps the only warmth from those chilling times of exclusion. TG
FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bleach Outhouse 105 Capel Street 9pm nightly and Saturday matinee 2.30pm.
Dan Ireland-Reeves is a talented young writer and actor and his current piece about a rent boy is a further step up in a promising career. Tyler Everett is the exotic name of a rent boy from a council estate so it’s no wonder he ended up in the sex industry.
The play is episodic and flashes forward and back with punchy one liners, prosaic descriptive packages and a fine physical presence. Tyler is morally in cold storage, without much blame and a survival instinct that is determined to keep going. He has charm, is fit and ricochets from caring to coldness as he is overwhelmed by the underside of the rent boy business. He is likeable and that is strongly portrayed to reel an audience in at the start but how could he … how could he do what he did?
This macabre drug fuelled tale teases, dismisses and feels like it’s on a ticking clock just like a rent boy’s session. The flashes of humour with a train spotting edge lift the solo show that never loses pace. Well worth seeing. GF
FESTIVAL REVIEW: Three short plays by Momentum Acting studio, Players TCD 7.30pm Saturday matinee 2.30pm.
Pioneering gay playwright Neil La Bute’s two shorts combine seemlessly with Neil CK’s piece in a well choreographed and blended 70 minutes evening of theatre directed by Liza Michael and Robbie Byrne.
“The Possible” is an eerie piece which borderlines on homophobic as it projects the lesbian witch type of predator (Cherley Kane) who encircles her prey (Sophie Campbell) in a relentless pursuit of reluctance and insecurity abandoning all morality. It’s a well matched duo whose pace and connection impress in this chilling encounter or entrapment.
“Strange Fruit” is a little more of its time using a theme shared by Torch Song Trilogy – even if you find happiness there is no guarantee it will last. Mirror images see Padraic Mc Ginley’s (Tom) and a cheerful Jerry from Barry Mc Brien on the most important day of their lives. It’s a bit predictable for today but well played.
Louis CK has a right go on things in “The Morning After” where Wayne Davis (Horace) and Rhonda (Laura Thompson) decide to breakfast after a night of passion. It’s a lovely clash of the liberal philosophy of “live and let live” and “not in my back yard”played when humour is best used with a cutting edge.
This trio of plays is strongly and evenly cast with a wealth of talents and skilfully directed making for a night of great theatre by a talented company and great value.
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.
Spool is an extraordinary dance / physical theatre piece involving the body ‘dancing’ with the mind of a confused young man.
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’.
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.
Montparnasse – 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 / 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.
The 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?
The 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.
Love 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.
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!
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.
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… 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… 1920s Paris. Two women reunite in the City of Love in a powerful tale of lust, love and art.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Their stories are funny, romantic, dramatic, erotic and inspirational.
Join them on this journey from May 1st 2017!
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This series of interwoven short gay stories by Joe Dipietro, arrives direct from Kings Head Theatre London. Three fit, handsome and talented actors introduce us to about a dozen men active on the online and sauna circuit. From the closeted soldier, to the partnered banker, the playwright, screen star and the more consistent 23 year old blonde escort, who appears to be more down to earth than all his older encounters.
The production has more on stage costume changes than lighting changes, as inhibition is thrown out of the window, in the lustful scenarios acted out in cupboards, hotels, parks and saunas. The multi role playing is carried off skilfully in a well directed one hour of fast paced theatre. The evenly cast ensemble glide into their roles that connect with an audience well satisfied by eye candy, but without doubt, hugely impressed by the theatre performance of all three actors.
The journey goes from sexy Twink, through to live in partners with a seven year itch and out into high powered gays whose intimacy is now a commodity to be published or purchased. Quality theatre from London’s Kings Head Theatre.