The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, founded in 2004 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, kicked off this month and runs through this weekend.
This year’s festival features a lineup of Irish and international artists with plays from Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Israel, Australia, and the U.S. GayCities was the guest of Oscar Wilde Tours, a new company run by gay historian Andrew Lear.
The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is the biggest of it’s kind, with an emphasis on new or recent international and Irish works. This year, two pieces that have gotten attention reflect Dublin’s queer history: Gaelle Stark-Ordish‘s For the Trumpets Still Sound and Brian Merriman’s Eirebrushed, exploring the gay heroes during the 1916 struggles in Dublin.
The UK’s Aine Flanagan Productions and Theatre503 are bringing Jon Brittain & Matt Tedford’s comedy Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho to The New Theatre as part of the festival. David Malcolm and Michael Cotton, two stars of The West End’s Naked Boys Singing teamed up for a new musical comedy The Dressers, currently running at The Teacher’s Club.
Renowned star The Late David Turpin returns to the festival with two late nights in the Cobalt, a pair of performance conceived specifically for the festival. Performances run through May 18th at various locations around Dublin. Additional festival and ticketing information are available here.