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Player’s Theatre: Montparnasse (IDGTF)


Just as the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 2017 is about to re-open its doors to the second week of the gay awareness feria, there is just one more play from the first week that deserves to be highlighted.

All the way from the Canadian province of Alberta to the Emerald Island, Theatre Outré brought to us Montparnasse, a 75 min extravaganza about two girlfriends living and experiencing the Années Folles – The Crazy Years. In the aftermath of the Belle Epoque a whole new era of art, culture and ideas has emerged. And the two Canadian ex-patriots, as well as best friends, found themselves in the midst of what was promising to be one of the most exciting eras to be alive.

We are in the city by the Seine. The aroma of vine, croissants and mixed paints is in the air. And Margaret (played by Katharine Zaborsky) is loving it. She has re-defined herself as a muse to some and a party friend to the others, but always being in the center of the elite Parisienne société: Miller, Modigliani, Hemingway, Chagall… Stripping off her clothes in front of them day after day, Margaret believed that she was doing something more, something bigger: she was inspiring the artists to create and to produce.

While her friend Amelia (played by Carolyn Ruether) didn’t find it all that amusing. A painter herself, she was more interested in the game of light and shadows, in the angles, in the positioning of the body… It seemed she had all the tools to do the job but the only missing piece seemed to be the vital one: the inspiration. Nevertheless, a new and unexpected, even a bit scary at the beginning, experience has been presented to Amelia. But is she ready to lay bare her body in order to learn from the best?

Montparnasse is an unexpectedly eccentric piece. It lets you witness not only the denuding of the body but also the stripping down of the very soul hiding behind it. The confidence and the security with which the actors present their work is both mesmerising and captivating. The Company has brought to the Dublin audience an absolutely beautiful recreation of Paris during the roaring twenties and the true portrayal of the spirit of the era.

Montparnasse is a brave piece of theatre that is not afraid to expose the human body in all its glowing beauty; it mixes well the picture with the entertaining story and some dreamy French tunes. With a small amount of props on stage our attention is completely overtaken by the plot and its masterful narration by the three actors.

When a play is worth bringing all the way from the other side of the ocean, it’s worth bringing! Montparnasse is easily one of the highlights of the first week of the festival. Prepare yourself for a play unlike anything else you’ve seen before!

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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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The Cobalt Café: I’m going through something (Dublin Gay Theatre Festival).

The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is just about to conclude its first (out of two) week of drama, dance, music and fun.

Yesterday I went to The Cobalt Café to see I’m going through Something by The Dean Kriel. A play written and performed by Dean Kriel, a performer from South Africa who lives and works in Moscow. Through his play Dean is talking about the life of a homosexual man living in Putin’s Russia.

I had a very personal interest in seeing this particular play. The moment I saw the description, I booked my ticket. When I was living in Russia (some 8 years ago) there were not that many anti-gay sanctions and propaganda. And even if there was, it wasn’t as commonly known as it is now. Having loads of Russian friends and knowing their points of view and and how the propaganda is affecting them, I was extremely curious to see a piece written about a life of gay foreigner in Russia.

Unfortunately, to my biggest disappointment, the description of the play was a bit misleading. And there was no word about Russia or Putin or gay life in modern Russia… and even if there was something, it was so disguised in words and poetry that I totally missed it. Unfortunately. And something is telling me that I wasn’t the only one. Maybe it was a mistake (from our part) but we (the audience) expected a bit more political, a bit more revealing, a bit more risky play.

When you enter into the café’s room that has been converted into a mini stage, on each seat there is a script with the full content of the play (well, almost full. But no spoilers!) for the audience to follow. I’m not the kind of person who likes siting during the whole performance with my nose in the script trying to follow the lines word by word by… In the script it even says, at some point, that there is no need to read, the performer will say all those words and if he is a good performer who is convincing then we should simply trust him and put the script aside. But would you be able to resist?

To be completely and utterly honest, for the greatest part I was lost. I understood that there were two characters on stage (played by the same person) and one of them was … going through something. But that’s about it.

I did enjoy though making the paper boats.

There was one part that I particularly liked. This play was unlike any others. It was very interactive. The audience sits in a kind of circle and the performer is constantly in the middle. From time to time he would interact with the audience and say something to them or ask them questions. Unfortunately, the audience didn’t often respond back.

I’m going through something is running in The Cobalt Café till May, 9th. For more info or to buy tickets: https://gaytheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873530633/events?TSLVq=0f304810-3f89-4316-8fd3-907949bf764b&TSLVp=bf5900f9-9f95-4f5c-89fb-7f94319f3bc3&TSLVts=1431119762&TSLVc=ticketsolve&TSLVe=gaytheatre&TSLVrt=Safetynet&TSLVh=3be0e03f1f9afe233b99ae53f81a1e9d

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