IDGTF 2016: ‘Cock’, Olivier Award Winning Play By Mike Bartlett, Makes Irish Debut

cockWhen John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. Mike Bartlett’s award winning comic drama is a sharp, punchy exploration of the complexities of bisexuality.

Mike Bartlett’s tart and witty story takes a playful, candid look at one man’s sexuality and the difficulties that arise when you realise you have a choice. This is the Irish premiere of a play which won the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement. Bartlett has gone onto international success with his play, ‘King Charles III’ (also an Olivier award winner for Best New Play) in London and on Broadway. He recently wrote the massively popular BBC TV series, ‘Doctor Foster’.

Producer, Sean Denyer said:

“A play which takes on bisexuality as a central theme is very rare yet in this piece it is centre stage. We know from the recent LGBTIreland study recently published by GLEN and BelongTo, that bisexual people experience very high levels of mental health problems even compared even to the raised levels in the lesbian and gay community generally, and that they offer suffer prejudice and discrimination from both straight and gay people”.

The play’s Director, Geoff O’Keeffe said:

“This is an intensely visceral and deeply probing examination of identity politics, where choice becomes a disabling force and where indecision cuts deeply and painfully. It is often hilarious, sometimes deeply sensual and always hugely satisfying. ‘Cock’ is a battlefield where the verbal punches leave the air charged with the detritus of love, loss and longing”.

Scheduled Performances

7.30pm May 23rd-28th

The New Theatre, East Essex Street, Dublin 2

Duration: 85 minutes, no interval.

Booking:  or via the New Theatre Box Office on 01 670 3661

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