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Pearse Centre Theatre: Wasting Paper (IDGTF)


If you are looking for something to have a good old laugh, then look no further!

Presented as a special double bill deal (together with Nicole O’Connor’s Both Sides Now), Wasting Paper by Leah Moore is a real cracker like no other!

The play follows the story of Casey (played by Leah Moore), an eighteen year old gay teenager who is weeks away from doing her Leaving Cert exam. It looks like life is good for Casey. She is even some sort of a local celebrity, a modern day Shakespeare – Casey is a poem writer (the kind that gets invited to all the cool events and places like Electric Picnic and The Mansion House).

After a summer of success and adventure, Casey faces the last year of school before diving into the world of grown-up life. And there is one particular class she is more than eager to go back to – English language and literature, of course. But what a surprise to find out that her old teacher has been replaced by a younger version. The moment the 23 year old Tess walks into her first experience as a secondary school teacher, Casey immediately puts her eye on the forbidden fruit. And not that long passes before it becomes evident that Tess isn’t that uninterested in the tabu relationship herself.

This thirty minute piece wins its audience over not only with funny lines but also with some quite superb acting by both performers: Leah Moore and Ciara Smyth. Crispy delivery of the sharpened script, wonderfully fleshed out characters and loads of enthusiasm and energy make Wasting Paper truly stand out.

Wasting Paper really flies by before one can think twice, so cherish every minute of this female-driven experience. It’s really refreshing to see plays about both gay men and women as such an important issue touches both genders equally.

Wasting Paper, directed by Craig Connolly, runs in Pearse Center Theatre till May, 6th (with a 4PM and a 7.30PM performances on the final night). Fore more info or to book tickets: https://gaytheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873572855/events

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Pearse Centre: Both Sides Now (IDGTF)


The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2017 has opened its wide and ever welcoming doors to another year of theatre, art, music and creative performances. Filled with pieces on gay awareness, the two weeks of the festival have on offer something very special for each and everyone.

Both Sides Now, written and performed by Nicole O’Connor, is just one of the rich variety of plays that is presented by its creators to be truly enjoyed and experienced. Being part of a double bill deal (see two plays for the price of one; who would say no to that?) along with Leah Moore’s Wasting Paper, Both Sides Now tells us the story of Lydia – a young bisexual girl who is on a long road of discovering herself and her sexuality. Lydia is doing her first steps into the world of the unknown where she meets Carrie, her first love. After making plans of travelling the world together, the young couple doesn’t even survive the summer. Not being able to get completely over Carrie, Lydia looks for her cure – a sort of, at least – in Joni Mitchell’s songs.

The way this forty minute piece is delivered is both touching and charming. It’s simple and very natural but captivating, at the same time. O’Connor, who plays the title character, just like an old friend brings you through the story. She makes it funny and sad; she even has a cute handmade presentation to explain some things.

Both Sides Now is a beautiful mix of music and storytelling. And if you happen to be an admirer of Joni Mitchell’s, then you are undoubtedly in for a double treat.

Both Sides Now, an original piece of theatre directed by James O’Connor, runs in the Pearse Centre Theatre until May 6th (with a 4PM and a 7.30PM performances on Saturday). For more info or to book tickets: https://gaytheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873572855/events 

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Dood Paard: Botox Angels (IDGTF).


Wonderful news for all the theatre lovers out there. Dublin Gay Theatre Festival has opened yesterday; and, as the tradition goes, the first week is filled with little (and big) gems of gay theatre from all over the world, which in itself is an amazing opportunity to see world class work without leaving Dublin.

I opened the festival for myself with what happened to be one of the most mind-blowing performances this year so far: Botox Angels brought over and presented by the corky Dutch theatre company Dood Paard.

Botox Angles is unlike any other play you have ever seen. Botox Angles is a piece about three women who dream about living together while the society, and its far from liberating rules, stands in their way. And, as they put it themselves, it’s not “I love you” anymore, it’s “I love you both”.

The piece strikes from the moment one enters the auditorium. The famous “Una donna senza uomo” is playing on the speakers; there are three half naked girls, wearing fake blond wigs and screaming make-up, who are greeting the audience each in their own way.

“…Such a beautiful harmony of chromosomes” the actresses truly are. During the slightly over an hour piece we witness Manja, Janneke and Ellen mock-interview each other (the microphone is a separate subject all together) on a number of crucially important topics: love, life, women in society, body, relationships, feminism. Each character has a very strong position and an amazingly defined character. In addition to that, every character has her bit of wisdom that she shares with the audience in a very light but deeply attracting way that one can’t help but listen to. Be it the body language or the soft tone of voice, the conversations are insanely charming. Every monologue in this piece can easily be ripped apart for quotes.

The fun doesn’t not stop there! In between the interviews, the actresses re-enact some of the famous pieces created by world famous female artists. It goes from slightly spooky Marina Abramovic’s Art must be beautiful, Artists must be beautiful artwork to absolutely shocking and feminist-though prvoking Yoko Ono’s 1964 Cut Piece, where the girl is being stripped from her dress by other people cutting random pieces from it with big scissors.

Now imagine all those highly feminist proclamations being  spoken from a huge queen sized bed covered with just as huge cozy  dark blue blanket. A boudoir conversation it is not.

The actresses, who play various parts, change the clothes and put the wigs on and off right there in front of the audience.  It’s such an open performance that requires not only a high level of professionalism but also an enormous amount of confidence, trust in oneself and courage. Many actors have confined at different stages of their acting careers that theatre gave them the desired opportunity to hide under an invisible mask, to become somebody else. Botox Angels is a play that requires something more than having balls, it requires having a spine to perform a piece like that, where the actors use their own names and they are literally stripped down to their birth robes while performing.

Botox Angels is a piece of extremely refreshing theatre that reminds us that underneath every script there is somebody’s story; and, there is truth that cries for being told, for being heard and finally understood. This play is about women who yearn for being heard. They are all different in all possible ways: their bodies are different, their perception of the world is different, their ability to express themselves is different; but in the end this difference is what makes them such impossibly beautiful people.

It seems like Botox Angels just has it all. Apart from the phenomenal script and great acting, the play is filled with wonderfully choreographed movements.

Botox Angles by Dood Paard is part of International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, it runs in The Teachers Club until May 7th. For more info or to book tickets, please, visit: Botox Angles at International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

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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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