The world’s largest Gay Theatre Festival opens this May Bank Holiday Weekend, as five venues across the city become home to the best gay theatre the world has to offer.
The festival commences with “Love In the Trenches,” a free academic seminar, exploring homosexuality through poetry during World War I, and featuring Lance Ringel, acclaimed author of “Flower of Iowa”.
Through a programme carefully curated from over 100 submissions from every corner of the globe, contemporary stories of LGBT life in Ireland and abroad will be celebrated on Dublin City centre stages, for two weeks, presented by theatre companies from Ireland, the UK, Scotland, the USA, Canada, Germany, & Mexico.
Reaching its 4000th performance this year, plays covering a range of topical issues, from being a gay Traveller boxing champion, to lesbian gangsters in East End London, and Mormon missionaries, packed into a most innovative programme of theatre that makes Dublin the leading international centre in the world.
Joni Mitchell, leaving certificate students, inter-racial love, a diverse group of queers, high school students from NYC, Calamity Jane, contemporary HIV and transgender stories, gay escorts, older community members, a Mexican confessional, lesbian artist models in the 1920s, a macabre reunion between an estranged father and his son, a man with a wife and a boyfriend, a modern exploration of masculinity separating the emotional from the physical self, and a closing night of a long established gay venue, are all topics of new and emerging playwrights, who find a voice and a stage in Dublin each May, and make up this year’s accessible programme of diverse theatre for the 14th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
Having recently attended the US tour of a festival production, New York City Councillor, Daniel Dromm, endorsed the festival for the positive impact it has had on LGBT people of Irish descent.
“Given the political and media landscape we have endured over the last 12 months, it is important to provide a platform for minority communities to present new voices and quality theatre, now more than ever” said Conor Molloy, Public Relations Director.
“The theatre has historically been used to speak out about injustice, to challenge convention and to push boundaries. Theatre, like all art, has the power to change the world. But to do that, we must be able to speak out about our shared ideas, dreams, hopes, fears, and experiences. Our festival provides a safe space to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so and we appreciate the fact that Dublin has opened its heart to such artistic expression.”
Speaking at the launch of this year’s programme, Senator and life-long LGBT activist, David Norris, said:
“Heartiest congratulations to Brian Merriman in once again bringing a vital and important theatre festival to Ireland. The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival reaches out beyond the gay community to the general public. I wish it every success.”
Founded in 2004, with the aim to create new opportunities for visibility & affirmation of emerging LGBT artists celebrating positive LGBT identity through theatre, the festival has grown to become the largest event of its kind.
Join the IDGTF 2017 as they celebrate LGBT history, and unite to face the future together, in the 14th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
With one week to go until the start of Festival 2017, the main Festival Box Office is now open across from the Spire in Dublin:
Mon-Sat (until May 13) 12noon – 5pm
Festival Box Office
5 Upper O’Connell Street
Can’t make it into the box office?
- Phone during opening hours: 085 194 9930
- Buy tickets online … 24/7
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Buy tickets at the venues (15 – 40 minutes before the show)