Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2015 is already underway and running until May 18th and with a jam packed programme of drama, comedy, music and cabaret, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
Plays from the USA, Canada, South Africa, Israel and Australia, Northern Ireland and Britain will show in a number of venues around Dublin including The New Theatre, The Cobalt Cafe, The Teacher’s Club and the Player’s Theatre and will share the programme with a record number of works by brilliant Irish playwrights.
Throughout this year’s Festival, audiences will have the chance to experience stories about family and gender, love, happiness and loss. As well as drama, there will be talk about gay rights, politics and sex in the 80s and a re-imagining of children’s tales and fairy tales and, as to be expected, loads more.
Festival Artistic Director and Chairman, Brian Merriman, invites each and everyone to enjoy the Festival events. He said, “I believe we all profit from this visibility, this diversity, this inclusiveness of all, regardless of their identity, in a unique artistic celebration of new voices, new work and new horizons in Dublin.”
The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is an annual event, celebrating contribution of gay people to theatre, past and present. The Festival was founded in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, in his native city. With an emphasis on new or recent international and Irish works with a broadly gay theme or relevance, the Festival has grown to become the largest event of its type in the world.
The Festival creates new opportunities for visibility and affirmation for existing and emerging gay artists and theatrical works. The Festival’s criteria for inclusion into the programme are broadly interpreted to include works by gay writers, works that have a gay relevance or theme, or works that include either performance or another artistic contribution by gay people. So why not get yourselves and your friends, families and/or partners to one of the wonderful events happening soon all over the city.
For the full Festival programme and ticketing information see www.gaytheatre.ie
Participation and attendance is open to all who wish to witness and acknowledge the immense contribution of gay people to theatre in all its forms. Why not check it out and pop along.