Week 1



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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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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Date/Time: 7 May(14:30,21:00) 8 May(21:00) 9 May(21:00) 10 May(21:00) 11 May(21:00) 12 May(14:30,21:00)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (MAIN)    Category: Drama

Grindr. Fisting. Drugs. All whilst staying fabulous. Being gay in 2018 isn’t easy.

For Sammy and El it’s even harder, with an obsessive lad and a lovesick teen following them around.

Between gay saunas, chemsex parties and the pursuit of the perfect dick pic, Ginger Beer explores the difficulties of the gay male scene with vibrancy, honesty and warmth.

“An honest, brash, and balls-out comedy experience” (The Huffington Post).


Written & Directed by Hallam Breen & Phoebe Simmonds

DURATION: 60 mins

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Date/Time: 7 May(14:30,21:00) 8 May(21:00) 9 May(21:00) 10 May(21:00) 11 May(21:00) 12 May(14:30,21:00)
Venue: THE IRELAND INSTITUTE, 27 PEARSE ST    Category: Comedy Drama

The latest performance piece from award-winning Starving Artists Theatre Company. Hilarious and touching.  Stand-up meets solo theatre in this personal story from the gay “movement.”

Grounded in history and battered by camp, a 50-something gay man shares his misadventures while quietly having a nervous breakdown.

Celebrated for their combined talents, Godfrey Hamilton and Mark Pinkosh (partners both on and off stage) present their latest collaboration in Dublin, having previously performed their work at the Abbey’s Peacock Theatre and Andrew’s Lane Theatre.

Starving Artists offers up the oft-ignored warning: Things haven’t changed all that much!

Written by Godfrey Hamilton.  Performed by Mark Pinkosh.

DURATION: 55 mins

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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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Date/Time: 7 May(16:00,19:30) 8 May(19:30) 9 May(19:30) 10 May(19:30) 11 May(19:30) 12 May(16:00,19:30)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (MAIN)    Category: Drama

A theatrical threesome of short plays about LGBT men mixing drama and comedy:

A Gay Thing

Acting Out, IRL

Steve and John have been mates since school, but after a few beers on a night out, the seemingly hardcore straight man John, wants to get something off his chest and open up to his gay best friend. You see he’s wondering, much to Steve’s disbelief, whether he might be gay too! A comedy about friendship and how far you can take it

Written by Joshua James. Directed by Howard Lodge

Another Airport Closing

Sailor Beware, USA

If a groom is left stranded at the altar, does that mean he’s tying the not? Join our hapless but hopeful unbetrothed as he navigates the pitfalls of matrimony at an altar in Dublin.

A presentation of Sailor Beware; a Cape Cod Coalition of Actors’ Equity Members.

Written by Jody O’Neil. Directed by Margaret Van Sant

Game On

Acting Out, IRL

Brian thinks his date with David went really well, but after an awkward attempt at a goodbye kiss, he discovers that David is just not that into him, for reasons that send him into a rage. This piercing short comedy explores a recurrent reality in modern gay dating in a funny and thought provoking way.

Written by Gary Garrison. Directed by Howard Lodge


TOTAL DURATION: 65-70 mins

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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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Date/Time: 13 May(14:30)
Venue: TEACHERS CLUB (UPSTAIRS)    Category: Free Events

The first reading of a new Irish play by Brian Merriman. Based on a true story, meet Patrick the Party Boy as he grows from shy Irish boy in the 1990s to international sex scene clubber, model and dancer.

Readers: Colin Malone, Maria Blaney and Brian Merriman.


Free event but reserve to guarantee a seat.

Duration: 55 mins

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Date/Time: 7 May(14:30,19:30) 8 May(19:30) 9 May(19:30) 10 May(19:30) 11 May(19:30) 12 May(14:30,19:30)

In a woodland clearing a group meet to scatter the ashes of Sean, a brother, a lover, father and friend who was brutally murdered in a “gay bashing” frenzy.

Today the inadequate sentencing added further injury. An unexpected visitor arrives with the truth from that terrible night but will it change anything?

A powerful drama with unexpected twists.

(Remembering the 35th anniversary year of Declan Flynn who was murdered in a similar incident in Dublin’s Fairview Park).

DURATION: 75 mins

Written by Verity-Alicia Mavenawitz

Directed by Maria Blaney

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Date/Time: 7 May(19:30) 8 May(19:30) 9 May(19:30) 10 May(19:30) 11 May(19:30) 12 May(14:30,19:30)
Venue: Momentum Acting Studio    Category: Drama

An often hilarious window into the harrowing life of an ‘Irish Bastard’ farmed out across the Atlantic to Brooklyn, by the Sisters of Mercy in the 1950s.

John traces his journey from the orphanage, his discovery of sexuality, his conflicted relationship to the Catholic Church, through to his emergence as an independent young man: an identity he must also come to question and have reappraised.

Farrell suggests that ‘bastards’ live life in very different ways; ways that are not to be pitied but appreciated for the strengths and insights they reveal.

Written & Performed by John Farrell

DURATION: 60 mins

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Date/Time: 7 May(16:00,19:30) 8 May(19:30) 9 May(19:30) 10 May(19:30) 11 May(19:30) 12 May(16:00,19:30)
Venue: THE IRELAND INSTITUTE, 27 PEARSE ST    Category: Drama

Seated at a table outside a café in Paris, Wilde explains what it was that led to his downfall. Very much alone he still clings to his great sense of humour and brilliant wit, telling his story without self-pity.

Quoting at times from his own work, he gives a profoundly human insight into some of his best known writings. Expertly interwoven into this work is the story of his great triumph and painful disaster.

The result is a highly dramatic and captivating encounter with one of life’s great tragic heroes, that is both touching and hugely entertaining. 

Written and performed by Denis Rafter

DURATION: 75 mins

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Date/Time: 7 May(16:00,19:30) 8 May(19:30) 9 May(19:30) 10 May(19:30)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (STUDIO)    Category: Drama/Music

Blue Island 99 is a contemporary, exciting multimedia, poetic story performed in English, with lots of music. Giving a unique insight into Asian LGBT life, gays living on an island are forced to choose between staying with their friends and family or venturing into the unknown away from home to find out who they truly are.

For those born in Taiwan after 1990, LGBT people face both a complicated political past and an uncertain future. Do they accept society’s status quo, or will they abandon what they must accept in the pursuit of true identity. All isolated together, both coming out and sailing out to a future with a determination of destiny in a changing modern world.

Directed by Keng Cheng.  Performed by Tzu-Chieh Hsueh

DURATION: 60 mins

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Date/Time: 7 May(14:30,21:00) 8 May(21:00) 9 May(21:00) 10 May(21:00)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (STUDIO)    Category: Comedy

During the summer of 1985, statues of the Virgin Mary were reported to move at different locations throughout Ireland. This had a profound effect on
many people. Now, some 33 years later, comedian Breda Larkin has decided to do her own investigation.

Breda’s gently abusive manner and comedic charm brings gender, Irish Faith and rural life into a new light.  Live action, video and song will bring you on a journey of shifting perspectives of people and place.

Join Breda and ‘Moving Mary’ on a personal pilgrimage that explores unsung Irish heroines, laughter and life on the road with at least one Virgin!  It’s ‘BREDA’S WAY’ or the Motorway!

Written & Directed by Breda Larkin

DURATION: 55 mins

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Date/Time: 11 May(19:30) 12 May(14:30,19:30)
Venue: THE TEACHERS CLUB (STUDIO)    Category: Drama

Ethan and Evan are still trying to work things out, but honestly, they don’t seem to be getting anywhere. A young gay couple who don’t seem to understand anything that is going on around them, they are both at a point in their relationship where they regret being with someone who’s name also begins with an E.

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