Gate Theatre, Dublin

Once Before I Go

By Phillip McMahon

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

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.

Charting the close friendship of Lynn, DaithÍ, and the luminous Bernard, Once Before I Go sits on the exhilarating edge between comedy, tragedy and melodrama. It’s an unforgettable story of living with humility, forgiveness and love, told against the backdrop of Dublin’s burgeoning gay rights movement.

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.

In an exciting new transformation, the Gate auditorium will be re-configured to include a hybrid cabaret-style setting.

For ages 16+. Moderate language, sex and drug references, mature themes.


Supported by the Arts Council.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seats and cabaret tables of 4 are sold on an unreserved basis. To facilitate social distancing, patrons will be allocated a table or a pod of seats as per their booking.

Directed by Selina Cartmell

Set Design: Francis O’Connor

Costume Design: Katie Davenport

Lighting Design: Sinéad McKenna

Composer & Sound Design: Alma Kelliher

Movement: Liz Roche

Associate Director: Darren Sinnott

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


Gate Theatre


24-30 Sept, 7.30pm


1-23 Oct, 7.30pm
02, 09, 16, 23 Oct, 2.30pm


Standard Seats €45 or Table of 4 €220


2 hrs., with interval