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Ireland’s first LGBT play for kids comes to Brighton Fringe!

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Bring your family and spread the word!

This bank holiday weekend, Irish theatre makers Super Paua bring their award-winning play for kids ‘Aunty Ben’ to The Marlborough Theatre. Fresh from a phenomenal run at Dublin’s Gay Theatre Festival, where they added two extra dates due to demand, ‘Aunty Ben’ is a colourful and playful exploration of gender, family, love and happiness, for all ages.

Nine-year-old Tracey loves her Aunty Ben. It doesn’t matter to her that Aunty Ben is actually her uncle, or that he is a Drag Queen, because in Tracey’s family dressing up is for everyone! The play is centred around Tracey introducing Aunty Ben to her friends and their reaction.

‘Aunty Ben’ was directed and written by 24 year old Sian Ni Mhuiri who established the company in 2013. The play is inspired by the true story of Ben Giddins and his niece. “I always admired the honesty in their family dynamic, and thought how lucky this young child was to be raised in a family where boy/girl rules were broken down. What a special opportunity to be or do whatever makes you happiest!” Read a Q&A with Sian Ni Muhri here.

Get a taste for the show here – Aunty Ben on Irish TV.

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The show was nominated for three awards at the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival – including Best Female Performance for Amy Flood (playing Tracey) and Best Aspect of Production for the colourful animations created by Hanae Seida- and won the Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award. Thanks to the IdeasTap Brighton Fringe Award, Super Paua will bring ‘Aunty Ben’ to the festival before touring schools in the UK and Ireland.

 

“The reason I call it an LGBT play for kids is because [Aunty Ben] paves the way for a classroom discussion about LGBT issues and how to react to people who may be different or come from different family structures” – Sian Ni Muhri in The Sunday Times.

The Marlborough is very pleased to be hosting a play which aims to connect with children and teach them about difference and gender identity. ‘Aunty Ben’ received great support in Ireland, following criticism in a very triggering article by David Quinn in the Irish Catholic: ‘Gender – bending comes to your local primary school’ .

Brighton may be a very different context to Catholic Ireland, but the show still needs your support. We want to see the theatre packed out with all ages, so please bring your family, let your friends know, and share!

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