Sunday 18 November 2018

Bravery and tragedy - 'A Day in May' to take the stage

Actors Conor Gormally and Clodagh Mooney Duggan launch Colin Murphy’s new play ‘A Day in May’. Photo: Frank McGrath
Actors Conor Gormally and Clodagh Mooney Duggan launch Colin Murphy’s new play ‘A Day in May’. Photo: Frank McGrath

Sorcha O'Connor

It is a play that tells a story of heroism - that was along the way marred by tragedy.

'A Day in May', the drama-documentary based on Charlie Bird's book of interviews, is coming to the Dublin stage.

Colin Murphy was at Buswells Hotel for the launch of his play, which will be performed at the Olympia Theatre during Pride 2018 on Sunday and Monday, June 24 and 25.

It is based on the true stories of the struggle leading up to the marriage equality referendum in May 2015.

The launch coincided with the announcement of a State apology to those convicted of same-sex activity before decriminalisation.

"We timed the play to be on the same time as the Pride festival and on the 25-year anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality - but we didn't know about this State apology, so that's fantastic because the play is, in part, the story as to why an apology is needed," he told the Irish Independent.

Actress Clodagh Mooney Duggan, a member of the LGBTQ community, said it was an emotional build-up to their first performance.

"They're real stories and they affected people's lives so much," she said. "We would have our own similar coming-out story. And as I remember the referendum so vividly exactly where I was, and that emotional depth to it."

Tickets from €25.50 are on sale from Ticketmaster Ireland. All proceeds go towards Pieta House.

Irish Independent

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