Lesbian Style by Hilary McCollum, directed by Patricia Byrne
International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, 12-17 May 2014; Derry Playhouse, 8 May 2014; Black Box, Belfast 31 July 2014
Lesbian. Style. Two words you don’t often find next to each other. But Lesbian Style isn’t about fashion. It’s about the lives and loves of women who love women – how we feel about ourselves, our lovers, our families and friends; what makes us laugh, what makes us cry; the worst moments and the best. Drawing on interviews with lesbian and bi women as well as my own life it explores the ups and downs of lesbian existence – from romance to role models, coming out to breaking up, body hair to bereavement.
Lesbian Style draws on interviews I have conducted with lesbian and bi women in Ireland and England as well as incidents from my own life to explore the ups and downs of lesbian existence. It was also performed in Derry in May and as part of Belfast Pride in July 2014 with support from Outburst and Sole Purpose Productions. It was performed at the WOW festival in Derry in November 2014.
It has received great reviews and received the Eva Gore Booth award for best female performance at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. It was also nominated for the Oscar Wilde award for best new writing.
“Lesbian Style runs the full gamut of real Irish lesbian experience, with a refreshing warmth and openness that skillfully handles both the tough realities of ‘lesbophobia’ and the giddy highs of dyke love and queer power. Wonderful stuff, way overdue.” – Ruth McCarthy, Festival Director, Outburst Queer Arts Festival
“Lesbian Style rocks. It’s groundbreaking and inspiring, funny and moving – and just plain fabulous to see lesbian and bi women’s stories about their everyday, ordinary and extraordinary lives. Everyone should go see this.” – Sha Gillespie, Chair, Foyle Pride
Lesbian Style is my first full length play. It was developed with support from Sole Purpose Productions theatre company. Its selection for the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival follows on the success of my ten minute play, Coming Out: Lesbian Style, in Acting Out’s evening of LGBT plays for National Coming Out Day in Dublin in October 2013 where it received the award for the play that best summed up the spirit of pride.
Lesbian Style was performed to a sell out crowd in Belfast in July 2014 with support from Outburst Queer Arts.
An extract from Lesbian Style is included in Queer and Celtic: On the Irish LGBT Experience.