International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival had its best year inbut founder and artistic director Brian Merriman tells Nick Awde that reduced funding has left him concerned for the future. We are seriously concerned. IDGTF specialises in new work.
Children were frequently used as a stick to beat the yes side with and the amount of misunderstanding and ignorance around the issue was shocking. This makes this play perhaps rather timely for Irish audiences as same sex couples are still fighting for equal rights when it comes to parenting. Written by David Stallings and set in Boston this illustrates just how out of hand mob mentality can get when people start enforcing their own perspectives and beliefs onto innocent scenarios.
When it comes to seeing a show, it needs a dash of campy flair that only gay people can bring. With both of us being big drama fanatics both inside and outside the theatre housewe've particularly found theatre to be a much more inclusive and open-minded mode of entertainment than film or TV. With the pink wave riding across the world, and more countries polishing up their LGBTQ rights records, queer representation is at a crucial point to help push those lawmakers over the rainbow picket line.
Post a Comment. Why was Elizabeth O'Farrell airbrushed out of the surrender photograph only her feet remain, see bottom right? The International Gay Theatre Festival opens with Brian Merriman's play about the gay heroes of that revolutionary year.
The 16th festival will be held from May Festival saw the 3,th performance of a Festival production since The festival was founded in in order to mark the th anniversary of the birth of Dublin-born Oscar Wilde in his native city, and to encourage and develop concepts of gay theatre.
Arriving in Ireland hot on the heels of movies like Boy Erased and The Miseducation of Cameron Postthe play — based on true events — is about a gay Christian growing up in the Deep South. It explores issues like excommunication and conversion therapy. The latter is a bittersweet coming-of-age tale about the day in when homosexuality was decriminalized in Ireland.
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My first calls were to promoter John Pickering and performer Eddie Devoy to come on board, and they did. The company never looked back and attracted lots of volunteers from all walks of life. Within three months of those first phone calls inwe staged eleven productions in May of that year including one from the UKand extended the Festival to sixteen companies the following year including two from the UK. In we decided to expand substantially
Last night was the fourth show of an eight show run. Due to poor time management I have squandered my holiday allowance from my regular paying job on fripperies like foreign travel later in the year. Hence each day this week I have put on my work hat, toiled away at the coalface of office administration before making my way into town for the less lucrative, but more rewarding creative work life.
If you are going to have a festival entirely devoted to the celebration of homosexual culture — is that not going to be slight counter-intuitive? Is that not going to reinforce the stereotypes of homosexuality which gay rights activists are against? Does it have to have gay themes, or just written by a writer who is gay?