On 23rd May 2015, Ireland made history by becoming the first nation in the world to introduce marriage equality by popular vote. In his book ‘A Day In May’, Charlie Bird presented the stories of some of those people most deeply affected by the referendum result. Colin Murphy’s theatrical adaptation takes us from the dark days of 1983, through the Norris legal battle and decriminalisation, through the divisions within the gay community over civil partnership and right up to #hometovote.
Directed by Gerard Stembridge, it’s an often hilarious political masterclass in the style of Murphy’s recent sell-out hit ‘Haughey/ Gregory’, and his crisis plays ‘Guaranteed!’ and ‘Bailed Out’.
As the historic vote was declared, the joyous scenes from Dublin Castle and across Ireland made headlines across the world. Charlie Bird, inspired by the extraordinary “Yes Equality” campaign, travelled the length and breadth of Ireland to meet some of the people most deeply affected by the referendum result. In his book, their stories of living in the shadow of inequality and oppression were brought to life in a poignant record of their lives.
Presented by A Day In May Trust
Duration: 80 minutes, One interval
Age limit 15+
All Profits to Pieta House