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Once Before I Go

Opens October 1st, previews from September 24th – book HERE.

Once Before I Go is an intensely moving world premiere from Phillip McMahon, co-creator of the iconic sensation RIOT!

Told against the backdrop of Dublin’s burgeoning gay rights movement of the 1980s and 1990s and the contemporary LGBTQ+ community of today, the play charts the close friendship of Lynn, Daithí, and the luminous Bernard, and sits on the exhilarating edge between comedy, tragedy and melodrama.

Exploring the fragile yet resilient bonds of Irish queer lives across four decades in Dublin, London and Paris, Once Before I Go steps between the early days of the AIDS crisis and today’s LGBTQ+ community, living in an era of marriage equality, gender self-determination, and untransmittable HIV.

At once political, joyous and heartbreaking, Once Before I Go honours the fabulous people we lost along the way, and celebrates those who fight on.

The Gate Theatre auditorium will be transformed to include cabaret style tables which seat 4 persons. Seats and cabaret tables of 4 are sold on a STRICTLY UNRESERVED basis. To facilitate social distancing, guests will be allocated a table or a pod of seats as per their booking.

Any guests with specific access needs are kindly requested to contact the Box Office team in advance of booking at boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie. Please note that cabaret tables are not suitable for wheelchair users.

Entry to the Gate and the auditorium will be conditional on the health guidelines at the time of the performance, and not at the time of ticket purchase. Any updated conditions of entry will be notified to guests in advance of the performance.

Please note that all attendees for performances from September 24th to October 21st will be required to provide relevant proof, in the form of an EU Digital Covid Certificate for example, that all those aged 18 or over are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 6 months. Under 18s who are accompanied by a parent/guardian currently do not require proof of immunity. Should any member of a larger group arrive without their verification, they will be refused entry to the indoor facilities.

For the health and safety of our staff and other patrons, we kindly request that guests wear a face mask throughout their time at the Gate.


The Once Before I Go Company

Cast (in order of appearance):
Lynn: Aisling O’Sullivan
Jase: Sam Crerar
Daithí: Sean Campion
Young Lynn: Martha Breen
Young Daithí: Desmond Eastwood
Bernard: Matthew Malone

Director: Selina Cartmell
Set Designer: Francis O’Connor
Costume Designer: Katie Davenport
Lighting Designer: James F. Ingalls
Sound Designer: Alma Kelliher
Movement Director: Liz Roche
Associate Director: Darren Sinnott
Intimacy Director: Sue Mythen
Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth