Acting Out is the performance group drawn from LGBTQ+ community in Dublin. Based at Outhouse, Dublin the group has two strands; a community based theatre strand with weekly classes; and a professional production strand. Acting Out was the winner of the National GALA Award for Irish Arts and Literature in 2017.
Recent productions have included, a new musical, "The Paradise" and a comedy with songs, "The Ref", about the marriage equality referendum in Ireland. Other notable productions include, “Gross indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” and “gay:dad” a documentary theatre piece drawn from interviews with gay men about their relationships with their fathers. This last piece was chosen for the Outburst Queer Arts Festival 2013 in Belfast.
In 2014 the group produced, “Tits up!” for the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival and subsequently toured it to Galway and The Outing in Lisdoonvarna.
Acting Out were awarded a grant from Community Foundation Ireland to take their “Standing on Ceremony: short plays about marriage”, on tour in Ireland in 2015 as part of a joint initiative with Marriage Equality in advance of the referendum on Equal Marriage.
Also in 2015 they performed their show, 'The Equals" to great acclaim in the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, as well as a short play, "Straight Talking"
For Dublin Pride 2015, the group performed "The Laramie" project by Moises Kaufman.
In 2016 we produced The Ref, a play with songs about the marriage referendum in Ireland which became the biggest seller in the Dublin gay theatre Festival and won the hilton edwards Award. In 2017 the group produced a new musical, The Paradise, which was again the biggest seller in the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
In 2018 we partnered with Blue Heart Theatre on a production of Passing On, by Sean Denyer which played in the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Brighton Fringe and the Greater Manchester Fringe Festivals.
In 2018. 25/The Decriminalisation Monologues was performed as part of the Dublin Pride Festival to mark the 25th Anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland. This production toured to Scotland, England and the Czech Republic in 2019, and was nominated for Best New play in Brighton and Prague and received five star reviews from North West End and the British Theatre Guide.
In June 2019 a produduction of Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein was presented at Theatre@36 as part of the Dublin Pride Festival.
The ref and The Paradise were together awarded the National GALA award in the Irish Arts and Literature Category, in October 2017.