Acting Out: Return of the award winning show, The Ref.

theref4Acting Out are bringing back their award winning show, The Ref, a comedy with songs, about the marriage equality referendum, to the Pearse Centre, Dublin, for just five performances, from 1st-5th November. The Ref was the best selling show in this year’s International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and was awarded the Hilton Edwards Award at the Festival Galas.

The build up to the marriage equality referendum has begun, and for one family it’s very personal.  Watch Clive, Susanne and their son Oisín, battle against the dark forces of the sanctimonious Deirdre Kilbride, self-proclaimed leader of ‘Mammys 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 that 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. It made every gay person feel they were under the microscope”.

Acting Out have also teamed up with the charity fundraising committee of Musgrave to present a special fundraising performance for the Simon Community on Thursday 3rd November.

Director, Howard Lodge commented:

“ 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! We were bowled over by the audience reactions – they seemed to find the show funny but also cathartic in a way, to relive that experience including the not-so-nice bits!”

Dates:         8pm Nov 1st-5th.

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

Tickets:     €15/13 available from

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