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IDGTF 2018: 15th Dublin Gay Theatre Festival: Week Two

Having said farewell to a programme of shows that have entertained across the city for the past seven days, Week Two of the world’s largest Gay Theatre Festival opened last night. (See upcoming events below).

Through a programme carefully curated from over 100 submissions from every corner of the globe, contemporary stories of LGBT life in Ireland continue to be celebrated on Dublin City centre stages, as the festival welcomes visiting companies from the UK, US and Canada.

The programme, designed to celebrate 25 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland, sees plays covering a range of topical issues; from historical LGBT figures, visibility, the Trump era, bisexuality, surrogacy, and alcoholism packed into Week Two of a most innovative programme of theatre that makes Dublin the leading international centre in the world.

‘Tab and Landon’ from Canada is a dark insight into family relationships arriving from Theatre Outre, Canada. ‘Women’s Shorts’ opens from the world’s oldest Gay Theatre Company, New York’s TOSOS, and ‘Cherry Pickings’, from the UK, presents an opportunity to see new works by young female artists. ‘Memories We Lost in the Fire’ from the UK, and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’ from Ireland’s own ‘SQUAD Theatre Company’ showcases new writing from up and coming young writers and directors. Renowned lesbian playwright, Carolyn Gage’s insight into Marty Mann, founder of the National Council on Alcoholism, premieres from the USA in ‘Easter Sunday’, as Ireland’s ‘Blue Heart Theatre Company’ premieres ‘Passing On’ a story of surrogacy, family and choices.

This week also presents an opportunity to see ‘2HISstories’, a duet of short stories from festival founder and artistic director, Brian Merriman, exploring Irish life in the 1980s, and UCD founder, Cardinal Newman’s lifelong friendship with Fr Ambrose St John. The playwright recently published ’10HISstories’, a compendium of short plays, tracing history to the modern day through the lens of decriminalisation, which gives life on stage to the HIV crisis, and our generation of ‘war’ casualties, homophobia in sport, the Holocaust, drag, bisexuality, gender identity, masculinity, feminism, religion, suicide, equality and ageism within the LGBT community.

“The gift of theatre is as needed today as ever. I dramatise stories that were impossible to imagine could be told or staged in those barren years, when Ireland was cosy and comfortable (with so many other societies), in criminalising the greatest of all human conditions – the capacity to love and to participate as equals,” said Merriman. “Identity theatre is always relevant as we move from telling people who they are, to listening to them tell us.”

Founded in 2004, with the aim to create new opportunities for visibility and affirmation of emerging LGBT artists, and celebrating positive LGBT identity through theatre, the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival has grown to become the largest event of its kind.

Secure online booking on www.gaytheatre.ie
Tickets are priced at €15 per show (€13 Concession/€10 matinee).
Nightly Venue tickets; two plays in the same venue (7.30pm/9.00pm), available at €25.
Matinees are on Saturday (May 19th)

WOMEN’S SHORTS

Date/Time: 15 May(19:30) 16 May(19:30) 17 May(19:30) 18 May(19:30) 19 May(16:00,19:30)
Venue: Momentum Acting Studio    Category: Comedy Drama

HIS GREATNESS

Date/Time: 15 May(19:30) 16 May(19:30) 17 May(19:30) 18 May(19:30) 19 May(16:00,19:30)
Venue: PLAYERS THEATRE @ TRINITY COLLEGE    Category: Drama

MEMORIES WE LOST IN THE FIRE

Date/Time: 15 May(21:00) 16 May(21:00) 17 May(21:00) 18 May(21:00) 19 May(14:30,21:00)
Venue: Momentum Acting Studio    Category: Drama

PASSING ON

Date/Time: 15 May(19:30) 16 May(19:30) 17 May(19:30) 18 May(19:30) 19 May(16:00,19:30)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (STUDIO)    Category: Drama

TAB AND LANDON

Date/Time: 15 May(21:00) 16 May(21:00) 17 May(21:00) 18 May(21:00) 19 May(14:30,21:00)
Venue: PLAYERS THEATRE @ TRINITY COLLEGE    Category: Adult Drama

EASTER SUNDAY / THE CHRISTMAS DRILL

Date/Time: 15 May(21:00) 16 May(21:00) 17 May(21:00) 18 May(21:00) 19 May(14:30,21:00)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (STUDIO)    Category: Drama

2 HIStories

Date/Time: 15 May(19:30) 16 May(19:30) 17 May(19:30) 18 May(19:30) 19 May(14:30,19:30)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (MAIN)    Category: Drama

ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?

Date/Time: 15 May(21:00) 16 May(21:00) 17 May(21:00) 18 May(21:00) 19 May(16:00,21:00)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (MAIN)    Category: Drama

GALA AWARDS NIGHT 2018

Date/Time: 20 May(19:30)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (MAIN)    Category: Comedy, Music & Drama

The Gala Awards Night is the highlight of the Festival, where the IDGTF 2018 closes the curtains on two packed weeks of theatre with a range of festival highlights, musical acts and the prestigious ‘Oscar’ Festival Awards!

International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
15th Annual Festival: May 7th-20th 2018

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