Dublin welcomes gay theatre

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The third International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival launched last week, bringing an exciting line-up of World Premieres, European and Irish Premieres and five Edinburgh Festival Smash hits.

Highlights of the Dublin Theatre Festival include productions from across the globe with performers from three continents performing. Late night revues and a nightly festival after-show club, a seminar and exhibition enhance this smorgasbord of Dublin theatrical delights.

The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival will present a choice selection of double bills including Christine Jorgensen Reveals from New York and All Alone from London at the Project Arts Centre.

The International Comedy Theatre Shorts includes a Double Bill of premieres from London. Minor Irritations from London and Don’t Call Me Baby will be performed at the Teachers Club in Parnell Square. Direct from Chicago, the European Premiere of Oh Holy Allen Ginsberg will be presented at Andrews Lane Theatre. The Cobalt Café Music Venue will provide delightful nights of cabaret and an international theatre seminar will take place at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.

The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is a varied affair with a high standard of theatre on offer. The first ever Live Gay Soap Opera, Gay and Confused will play at the George for the three weeks during the festival.

Brian Merriman, founder and artistic director, said: “The Festival is inclusive, accessible and great value. Men, women, regardless of their sexual orientation are taking part. Young people are. Older people are. The audience is local, national and international. Difference enriches us. With this third festival, we seek to build bridges between Irish and international theatre practitioners and locally between gay people and mainstream audiences.”

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