Remember this time last year? The build up to the Marriage Equality Referendum? Voting on May 22? That magical moment in Irish history when we voted YES to full equality for all our citizens? We were the first country in the world to introduce Marriage Equality by popular vote.
YES, written and directed by Colette Cullen, captures the excitement, drama and humour of the campaign, whilst also looking under the surface of what that vote meant. YES follows four very different campaigners as they share their personal stories – Peter, a veteran gay activist, Gina, a straight woman campaigning for her gay son, Laura, a lesbian in a committed relationship, and Josh, a gay student from the country not out to his family.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but most of all you’ll be entertained by this heart-warming, funny, and highly original play.
From the company that brought you BLIND DATE (nominated Best Male Performance 2015 IDGTF Gala Awards) and BEASTS, the hit show of Collaborations 2015.
The theme of the 2016 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is ‘Celebrating Heroes’. YES celebrates the heroes of the Marriage Equality Yes Campaign – everyone who canvassed for a YES vote, everyone who voted YES, and most of all every Irish person who ever came out.
Ireland is celebrating another anniversary this year, the centenary of the Easter Rising. As we reflect on the Ireland that the leaders of that rising fought to create, YES holds up a mirror to the Ireland that was created.
It took almost a hundred years to fulfil the promise of the Proclamation, to treat all of its citizens equally. Ireland’s LGBTQ citizens only achieved full equality ninety nine years later, on May 22, when 62% voted yes to marriage equality.
YES, from Home You Go Productions, has been created by a diverse group of theatre makers – young, middle aged, gay, straight, men, women, rural, urban – all united by a desire to create emotionally engaging, thought-provoking and highly entertaining theatre.
YES is running at The Pearse Centre Theatre, 27 Pearse Centre, Dublin 2, May 9-14, at 7.30pm, with a matinee at 2.30pm on May 14, as part of the 2016 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
Tickets from www.gaytheatre.ie
Evening €15 & €13/€10 concessions and matinee €10.