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30TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT WITH SPECIAL GUEST HUGO WEAVING ANNOUNCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GATE THEATRE

The Gate Theatre and the Irish Film Institute (IFI) are pleased to announce a 30th anniversary screening of Stephan Elliot’s iconic Oscar-winning classic The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

The screening, which takes place at the IFI on Monday, 4th March at 6.30pm, will be followed by a Q&A with actor Hugo Weaving who played Tick and his drag alter-ego Mitzi in the film.

Tickets for this very special event are now on sale: www.ifi.ie/film/ifi-gate-priscilla-queen-of-the-desert

With a contract to perform a drag show way out in the Australian desert, Tick/Mitzi (Weaving), Adam/Felicia (Guy Pearse) and Bernadette (Terence Stamp) journey across the Australian Outback in their battered, pink tour bus Priscilla, encountering friendship and hostility as they go. 

Priscilla has become a fan favourite since its original release in 1994, and has spawned a hugely successful stage musical, also written by Stephan Elliot. 

The screening coincides with Hugo Weaving’s appearance at the Gate Theatre in the Irish Premiere of Thomas Bernhard’s darkly comic masterpiece The President 

In a small, unnamed country, there has been an assassination. However, the gunmen missed their intended targets, the President (Weaving) and the First Lady (played by Olwen Fouéré), killing instead a loyal bodyguard and the First Lady’s beloved dog. 

As a revolution brews right outside their front door, the First Lady sits with a mixture of hysterics, rage and obsession. The President holds forth in a verbal tsunami of self-aggrandisement and vainglory, while his mistress, an actress, gambles his cash away in the blackjack room next door. 

With its depictions of the abuses of power, the disdain and paranoia of privilege, and prophecies of the age of surveillance, corruption and terrorism, The President is as striking and resonant as when it was first performed in 1975. 

The President opens at the Gate Theatre from 8th February with previews from this Friday, 2nd February. Tickets are now on sale from gatetheatre.ie.

IFI and The Gate Theatre are proudly supported by the Arts Council.


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