Party Scene

Party Scene
(Reflections on a ChemSex Crisis)

Streamed as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2021

Party Scene (Reflections on a ChemSex Crisis)
Delving into the underbelly of queer culture, THISISPOPBABY present a filmed work-in-progress showing of a new dance/theatre piece about desire, intimacy, isolation and addiction.

Party Scene is a collaboration between choreographer Philip Connaughton and writer/director Phillip McMahon that celebrates the sweaty high of the session but asks tough questions about drugs, sex, consent and mental health in the queer community. Looking at Chemsex through an amoral lens, the show looks to create conversation around identity, self-worth, isolation, homophobia and family. It asks when does an underground scene become a community crisis, and when is it time for the party to end?

This 30 minute film presentation gives a taste of the live dance theatre show coming to stages in 2022.
Followed by a short panel discussion with the artists and some of Ireland’s leading ChemSex experts, Dr Kiran Santlal and Aoife Drury, led by Una Mullally.

Filmed at The Gate Theatre.
Supported by the Arts Council, Dublin Theatre Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Gay Health Network and

Co-Created By – Philip Connaughton & Phillip McMahon
Performed by – Anderson de Souza, Carl Harrison, Ryan O’Neill, Adam Richardson
Lighting Designer – SJ Shiels
Sound Designer – Frank Sweeney
Costume Designer – Ellen Kirk
Filmed by – Joe McGovern
Producer – Carla Rogers
Production Manager – Éanna Whelan
Graphic Design – Niall Sweeney, Pony Ltd.
Photography – Joe McGovern
Stage Manager – Marella Boschi

If you have been affected by any of the issues highlighted in this show or are struggling with #Chemsex, helpful contacts include:
The HSE’s site for MSM (Men who have sex with men) run jointly with Gay Health Network. We have information on harm reduction around a number of drugs, and a section specifically for chemsex and safer injecting.


Rialto Community Drugs Team,

Gay Men’s Health Service,

Rialto Community Drugs Team
01 454 0021 |

LGBT Helpline
1890 929 539 |

The Switchboard
01 872 1055 |

1850 60 90 90 |

BelongTo Youth Services