“We’re all equal now. We can all get married. We all have rainbow colours on our Facebook pictures. Our grannies voted Yes and the Taoiseach is having a pint down at Pantibar. All children of the nation to be cherished equally just in time for the centenary”.
Using a blend of spoken word, physical theatre and live art Gays Against the Free State! is a new show about revolution and reform. From Markievicz to marriage equality, it is about how we got here and where to go next, about queer activism today and republican activism in the past.
We want to talk about how change gets made and who gets to make it. But it’s not a re-telling of events. It is an exploration of the reasons behind events - why they happened the way they did and how they affect us today.
Influenced by a mixture of contemporary queer performance, Primetime Investigates and the Reeling In The Years 1980s boxset, Gays Against the Free State! collects conflicting cultural references, shreds them to bits, and puts them back on stage.
It will premiere in Dublin in September.
In order to make this show, we need to raise some funds. The money that will hopefully be raised through this crowdfunding campaign, will be one of our primary income sources for the production. Your help, along with money raised from two fundraising events in June and July, and income made at the box office, will be crucial to the success of this show and your support would mean the world to us.
The money will help us to pay for set, costume, and design costs (€850), marketing and promotion (€320), insurance (€200) and rehearsal space (€450). Additional money raised through events and and box office will go to pay the the cast and crew.
This is a big and challenging piece of work that deals with dense and sometimes divisive subject matter. We intend to approach that subject matter with rigour, humour and irreverence. So far, we’ve loved getting stuck into those challenges and hopefully, with your support, will be able to continue doing just that.
Thank you so much for considering funding Gays Against the Free State! Your support means the absolute world to us and we appreciate it very much.
We’re really excited for this project to come to fruition and we can’t wait for you to see it!
Cast & Crew
Written by Oisin McKenna | Directed by Colm Summers | Performed by Leonard Buckley, Eavan Gaffney, Oisín McKenna, Sian Ni Mhuiri, and Stephen Quinn | Scenic Designer Eugenia Genunchi | Costume Designer Sorcha Ní Fhloinn | Composer Séamus Ryan | Lighting Designer Tilly Taylor | Production Manager David Doyle | Stage Manager Jennifer Aust | Producer Oisin McKenna