The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is an annual event, celebrating contribution of gay people to theatre, past and present. The Festival was founded in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, in his native city. With an emphasis on new or recent international and Irish works with a broadly gay theme or relevance, the Festival has grown to become the largest event of its type in the world.
The Festival creates new opportunities for visibility and affirmation for existing and emerging gay artists and theatrical works. The Festival’s criteria for inclusion into the programme are broadly interpreted to include works by gay writers, works that have a gay relevance or theme, or works that include either performance or another artistic contribution by gay people.
The Festival will present a diverse range of 28 productions including 11 Irish Premieres, 3 world premieres and 6 European Premieres in a unique blend of drama, comedy and dance, the only event of its kind dedicated solely to Gay Theatre. Passion, love, lost and the banking crisis feature in this year as the festival continues to push the boundaries with a broad range of stories that will entertain, gasp and move the audience.