25/The Decriminalisation Monologues
2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland. To mark this we are presenting a programme of new monologues which look at life before and after this historic event. You can either catch a lunch time show featuring a couple of them inclusive of lunch in the lovely cafe at the Outhouse or catch all of them in an evening show on Thursday 14th or Friday 14th at 7.30pm.
25/The Decriminalisation Monologues features four monologues:
In, The Special Friend, by Sean Denyer, a man reluctantly moves to Galway to be with his lover, but finds a surprising level of acceptance can’t help him, when tragic events reveal he has virtually no rights.
In, The Number, by Simon Murphy, a man reflects on growing up gay in Limerick, his heady first love, and what he’d like to say to his young self.
In, Out of the Shadows, by Colette Cullen, a man maps out his life against the key moments in LGBT liberation.
And finally in, I Know What You Art, also by Sean Denyer, an ambitious young women in 1970’s Ireland, finds herself facing a difficult choice when she is blackmailed at work.
The pieces are programmed as follows:
1pm June 11/12 The Special Friend + The Number (ticket includes lunch!)
1pm June 14/15 Out of the Shadows + I Know What You Are. (Ticket includes lunch!)
2.30pm June 16 Out of the Shadows + I Know What You Are + The Special Friend (Ticket includes lunch!)
7.30pm June 14/15 All four monologues. (No lunch but wine available!)
In partnership with Outhouse as part of Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival
New promotional video for Passing On
Passing On, our new co-production with Blue Heart Theatre,
to open in Dublin and Brighton
Passing On, our latest production, is a new play by Sean Denyer which will be heading to the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in Dublin and the Brighton Fringe Festival in May.
Brian and Tom, together for ten years, would like to have a child, to be as Tom says, ‘a proper family with two dads‘. When their friend, Jane, agrees to act as a surrogate, it seems they can really have it all. But after Tom is very reluctantly pressed into finding out about his biological parents, what he discovers will turn their dream of a family into their worst nightmare, threatening to destroy everything they have.
We are delighted that Howard Lodge, Artistic Director of Acting Out will be directing the play. Howard said, 'I'm really looking forward to directing this powerful and moving new play for Blue Heart, who have proven so adept at discovering and promoting new writing'.
‘Passing On’, is a gripping new play by Sean Denyer and is being produced jointly by Acting Out and Blue Heart Theatre. Acting Out, Dublin’s LGBT theatre group recently won the 2017 National GALA Award for Irish Arts and Literature. It is Blue Heart Theatre’s second visit to Brighton following a successful run of, ‘Couples+Pairs’ at the festival last year.
Writer Sean Denyer, who is also a Consultant in Public Health Medicine said, ‘Now gay couples can, thankfully, have most of the same choices as anyone else in terms of family formation, I wanted to explore this in the context of the rapidly advancing developments in genetics and screening. We can now find out more and more about our genetic make-up, but is this necessarily always a good thing? More and more people create their own ‘family’, but are there things about our biological families that we just can’t escape from?’
Featuring a talented cast of Irish actors, this gripping and thought-provoking play will stimulate a lot of debate for audiences about genetics, ethics, surrogacy and the impact of nature and nurture. It places this in the context of a powerful and insightful examination of a close and loving relationship, tested to the limit by discoveries from the past.
Rehearsals for Passing On
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Acting Out restarts
7pm on Thursday 1st February
A Fairy, Mary Christmas!
Our fundraising show for Outhouse is on at 7.30 pm Dec 6/7/8
Kick off your festive season with a laugh by going to, A Fairy Mary Christmas, Acting Out’s evening of sketches and short plays, all of which have a gay twist on Christmas themes! Plus you will be raising funds for the brilliant Outhouse to continue their great work with the LGBTQ+ community. Tickets are €12/5 including booking fee, and wine will be available on the night too! Book tickets at www.actingout.ticketleap.com/xmas
Acting Out wins Irish Arts and Literature GALA award!
Acting Out has won a prestigious GALA award in the Irish Arts and Literature category for our shows, The Ref and The Paradise. The awards are bestowed every year by the NXF in the glamorous surroundings of the Mansion House in Dublin.
Artistic Director Howard Lodge said,
“ We are thrilled and humbled by this award! To get recognised by our community for our work is the ultimate reward, and we’d like to express a big thank you to the people that nominated us.
We deliberately make theatre that is accessible. But being accessible does not mean it can’t challenge, provoke and sometimes ask difficult questions of the community.
Huge thanks are due to the wonderfully talented people who made the shows. To Sean Denyer for writing The Ref and The Paradise and producing them too. To Mark Power and Ian Henderson for the insanely catchy songs in the Paradise, Nicola Mooney for her fabulous choreography and Hannah for her lighting design and Mark Power again, who with Cal Folger Day and Sean wrote the songs in the Ref. And finally to the fabulous actors in the group, who are like a huge extended family.”
Other winners included, Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, who won Politician of the Year, and Broden Giambrone who won Person of the Year for his work with Ireland’s Trans community.
Acting Out are the guests on the
Your Program is Your Ticket Podcast
The Paradise- a new electro-pop musical comes to the
Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
Dublin’s oldest gay nightclub is closing down. A group of old friends gather to see the place off, but before they can do that, some old scores will need to be settled. Are there some things that just can’t be forgiven?
Set in 1993 and the present day, The Paradise is a new immersive electro-pop musical, with fiendishly catchy songs by the Irish duo, Eden.
Brought to you by the team behind last year’s festival hit, The Ref.
Performances at The Complex from May 1-6 at 9PM with matinees at 4PM on the 1st and 6th.
Book at www.gaytheatre.ie
If I Was A Pet Shop Boy
A video of one of the songs from The Paradise. Billy loves Colm but Colm loves electro-pop legends, The Pet Shop boys...