The ‘Ref’ a musical comedy, tunes up for the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival‏


As the anniversary of the Equal Marriage Referendum approaches, drama group, Acting Out, present ‘The Ref’, a new musical comedy for the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival.

The build-up to the marriage equality referendum has begun, and for one family it’s very personal.  Watch Clive, Susanne and their son Oisin, battle against the dark forces of the sanctimonious Deirdre Kilbride, self-proclaimed leader of ‘Mammies’s For God’, who forms an unlikely alliance with two gay men who are ferociously opposed to equal marriage.

Witness matters come to a frenzied climax in an all-singing-and-dancing debate on National Television, featuring forged identities, a Eurovision-like ode to Voting No, a surprising coming out, and a rousing anthem for equality.

The Ref is a comedy with songs, from the team that produced last year’s festival hit, ‘The Equals’, which puts a funny, but satirical, lens on the trials and triumphs of one of Ireland’s greatest achievements.

Writer, Sean Denyer said:

“ For many in the LGBT community, the marriage referendum was a whole roller coaster of emotions, that fortunately ended in triumph, but I wanted to write something that put the fear and excitement of it into focus, by telling the story of one family’s journey through it.

Hopefully it makes people laugh, but it also uses satire and song, to show up some of the absurdities we were forced to endure”.

Director, Howard Lodge said:

“ We think it’s really important for an LGBT drama group to give a reflection on the experience of the referendum, which was probably the biggest and most public debate on being gay that was ever held anywhere. The show is funny, but makes some serious points between the laughs, and has some ridiculously catchy songs written by Sean, with music by Mark Power and Cal Folger Day!”

Dates:         7.30pm May 2nd-May 7th  (Matinee on Monday 2nd May)

Venue:        The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Road, Dublin 2

Tickets:     €15/13 available from

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