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Teacher’s Club: By the Bi (Dublin Gay Theatre Festival)

For the 12th time in history Dublin Gay Theatre Festival has finally arrived in the Irish capital. This year the Festival offers a number of shows and performances: everything from Drama to Music and Dance. Running from the 4th of May till the 17th, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. On the 22nd of May Ireland is facing Equality Marriage Referendum.

“… I didn’t ask to be gay, but your hatred is a choice that you make every day” By the Bi. 

There is still time. Make a difference. Vote YES.

Having already booked some tickets for a couple of shows, I was very lucky to win a pair of tickets to see “By the Bi“, a new play by The Blazing Change Players, which was advertised as a musical.

Just to make it clear from the start: it’s not a musical, not even close. By the Bi is an ensemble piece with spoken words, contemporary dance and… well, yes, music. But only used to create a sort of an atmosphere while the actors deliver their lines.

I can’t recall seeing anything of such a structure before, so I can’t (neither shall I) compare. The structure really does work beautifully for this particular piece: spoken word organically combines with the scenes being silently performed by the actors at the same time. It’s definitely not a traditional type of theatre and I did get a feeling that it might be an American thing (since the theatre company comes from the USA). To be honest, it was an interesting combination.

With a very basic stage and an absolute lack of props The Blazing Co managed to create a very vivid and touching piece of theatre. The issue they chose was a difficult one. And I really want to quote here “The B in LGBT is often silent”. Living in this society we do talk about gay people and about straight people. We do talk about transgenders and transvestites. But who talks about bisexuals? Who cares about them? The are described as “invisible people” drifting from shore to shore and not being accepted and/or understood by any side. It’s like everyone expects them to choose a side. As if being a bisexual isn’t already a choice in itself.

The play made me think that if every representer of the new generation was as understanding and as accepting as this young actors and actresses are, we will be ok!

The play runs until Saturday, the 9th. It’s a beautiful piece of theatre, NOT TO BE MISSED! For more info or to book, visit: https://gaytheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873530626/events?TSLVq=13ef3d58-c641-4a11-8bfd-233c694845bf&TSLVp=ba392f19-9198-4504-b9ed-1a966891e04a&TSLVts=1430781065&TSLVc=ticketsolve&TSLVe=gaytheatre&TSLVrt=Safetynet&TSLVh=99d14df10a5930a2486820218ed5c22f

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