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WRITERS IN THE STARS

Date/Time: 7 May(16:00,21:00) 8 May(21:00) 9 May(21:00) 10 May(21:00) 11 May(21:00) 12 May(16:00,21:00)
Venue: PLAYERS THEATRE @ TRINITY COLLEGE    Category: Comedy Drama

We have lost many great writers over the years.  Where are they now?
Do they come to life every time you read one of their stories or plays? 
Are they in the hearts of the children studying them for exams?  No. They’re in heaven arguing over who is the greatest… obviously!
Join Oscar Wilde, Mary Shelley and their…“friends” as they ask you, the audience, to help them decide who is truly the greatest writer of all time. 
‘Glorious Shambles’ Productions will take you on a comedic and light-hearted celebration of some of the most famous writers in the English-speaking world.

 

Duration: 60 mins

Written by Elijah Egan & Chris Moran. Directed by Vincent Moran

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WOMEN’S SHORTS

Date/Time: 14 May(19:30) 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

Unseasonable

Presented by The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS). The aftermath of an “incident” leaves two women injured, trying to piece together what happened and wondering what comes next.

TOSOS, USA.  Written by Kathleen Warnock. Directed by Barry Childs

Cherry Pickings

Can’t afford a night out? Follow the escapades of a group of queer women on their night out in the gay village. Drunken pep talks, a cat fight, and a feverish search for Lindy’s friends (who may or may not be real).

BelleVedere Theatre Company, UK

The Butt Trumpet

Presented by The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS). Presidential spokesmodel Kellyanne Conway displays an unusual talent.

TOSOS, USA.  Written by Kathleen Warnock. Directed by Barry Childs

TOTAL DURATION: 75 mins

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IDGTF SEMINAR 2018 – 25 YEARS SINCE DECRIMINALISATION 1993-2018

Date/Time: 6 May(14:30)
Venue: TEACHERS CLUB (UPSTAIRS)    Category: Academic Seminar

‘Visibility Changing Lives’ – Free Event

A Special Seminar Marking 25 years since Decriminalisation in Ireland

In 1993, Ireland became the last country in Western Europe to decriminalise the expression of being gay.

The pioneer campaigners who risked visibility in a hostile Ireland, built on the International Human Rights victory of Senator David Norris and his legal counsel Mary Robinson in 1988, who later as President of Ireland, invited the LGBT community to visit Aras an Uachtarain.  Not everyone could afford to be photographed at that great event.  Discrimination was rife in society and the workplace.  There was an absence of State supports for HIV/Aids. 

 

In 2004, on the tenth anniversary of decriminalisation, the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival was founded. 

The goal of IDGTF was to remove the LGBT mask and the negative stereotype from theatre by presenting Irish and international LGBT stories on mainstream stages in Dublin city.  These were stories that could not be told in the past and stories that needed to be told today if further progress was to be achieved.  

 

Join Irish Queer Archivist Tonie Walsh, Marriage Equality Campaigner Grainne Healy and Festival Founder Brian Merriman as they address visibility as a catalyst to educate society and change laws.

Chaired by Seamus Dooley (NUJ) and including panellists Kieran Rose and Dr Kerric Harvey, the Festival presents our annual free seminar marking this milestone anniversary, resulting in Ireland being a more equality society and world leader for LGBT rights today.

 

Duration: 90 mins

Admission is free but register your interest online below to guarantee a seat.

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TAB AND LANDON

Date/Time: 14 May(21:00) 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

The award winning Theatre Outré return to Dublin with a celebration of all that was taboo in the 1970’s. Tab and Landon graphically explores the complicated relationship between twin brothers. From their shared bedroom in the family home, they turn the world of pornography both on and off the screen into their own reality. It is a salacious tale of family, lust and revenge of biblical proportions.

Nudity. Over 18’s.

Written & Directed by Jay Whitehead

DURATION: 60min

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PASSING ON

Date/Time: 14 May(19:30) 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

Brian and Tom, together for ten years, would like to have a child, to be as Tom says, “a proper family but with two dads”. When their friend, Jane, agrees to act as a surrogate, it seems they can really have it all. But after Tom is very reluctantly pressed into finding out about his biological parents, what he discovers will turn their dream of a family into their worst nightmare, threatening to destroy everything they have.

Directed by Howard Lodge & written by Sean Denyer

DURATION: 70mins

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MEMORIES WE LOST IN THE FIRE

Date/Time: 14 May(21:00) 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

Lies, sex and broken promises. We follow Charlie, a young person who finds himself in love with two people. His struggle to balance his feelings for both of them, a man and a woman respectively, although portrayed dramatically, this is a manifestation of the conflict that young people coming to terms with their identity face. Who we are, who we love and the way we love is never wrong.

By Belinda Barrett

DURATION: 50 mins

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HIS GREATNESS

Date/Time: 14 May(19:30) 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

Three men – a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler – find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving.

Inspired by a ‘potentially true story’ during the declining days of Tennessee Williams, is an intimate insight into the mind of a familiar public figure, grappling with the loss of former glory and desperate for a return to form and success.

Written by Daniel MacIvor Directed by David Zak 

DURATION: 75min

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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 we close the curtains on two packed weeks of theatre with a range of festival highlights, musical acts and our prestigious ‘Oscar’ Festival Awards.

A celebration of theatre, the creativity and talents of our participants and the hard work of our volunteers; it is not to be missed.

Our companies will perform highlights of the Festival productions with a mix of music and special guests.

 

Who will win our awards for acting, writing, production, intercultural dialogue and more?  Dress to impress and find out at the Gala Awards 2018!

Doors open: 7:30PM

Duration: 140 minutes (with interval)

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ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?

Date/Time: 14 May(21:00) 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

No life, no prospects, just a Granda to care for and longing to escape. Or at least someone to keep you company. Colin and his Granda are trying to get on as they live in their tiny, claustrophobic apartment. Their only respite is when Granda visits the pub and Colin can drag it up for the Graham Norton Show. When Colin meets James online, things begin to boil over.

Are You Lonesome Tonight? is about friendship, love and how to cope when you seem stuck in the seemingly boring circle that is life. 

Written by Robert Downes

DURATION: 50mins

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2 HIStories

Date/Time: 14 May(19:30) 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

The Second Miracle

Set in contemporary Dublin. Cardinal Newman, founder of UCD awaits his second miracle to be confirmed as Saint of the Catholic Church. On the eve of another Papal visit, Aunt Mary makes a shocking discovery about the Cardinal and his devoted companion.

Written & Directed by Brian Merriman

The Off Switch

A young man born in a time where it was better to ‘switch off’ than to hope for a relationship, considers what would LGBT rights campaigner Mark Ashton and his contemporaries make of this modern gay world they campaigned to liberate?

Written & Directed by Brian Merriman.  Starring Shane English

DURATION: 60mins 

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SMASHES

Date/Time: 7 May(16:00,21:00) 8 May(21:00) 9 May(21:00) 10 May(21:00) 11 May(21:00) 12 May(16:00,21:00)
Venue: Momentum Acting Studio    Category: Comedy Drama

Canadian comedian, storyteller and actor Franny McCabe-Bennett shares stories of growing up in the suburbs as a femme bisexual women while rehearsing a play about American feminist author Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

This award-winning comedy/history play-within-a-play explores the turn-of-the-century Victorian icon through the eyes of a suburbanite millennial using Charlotte’s original letters, diaries and poems along with Franny’s tales of coming out, making out, and where the heck are all the stories about bisexual women anyway?

Performer’s Choice Award (Fundy Fringe Festival)

Creator/performer: Franny McCabe-Bennett | Director/Dramaturg: Christopher Legacy

DURATION: 60 mins

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PROFESSIONAL BREAKUP ARTIST

Date/Time: 11 May(21:00) 12 May(16:00,21:00)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (STUDIO)    Category: Comedy Drama

Share the highs, lows and downright hilarity of the eternal scramble to seek, find, and inevitably lose, the woman of your dreams.  Be gently guided through the ridiculous scenarios that the search for love and Ms Right (or just a good hard …) can entail.

An authentic narrative, exploring the contemporary minefield of lesbian love, lust, dating and breakups. An energetic and comedic poetic voyage.

By Annabel Pribelszki
DURATION: 60 mins

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