Party Scene
Chemsex, Community and Crisis

15-17 June | The Warehouse @ Marina Market, Cork Midsummer Festival
22 June – 2 July | Project Arts Centre, Dublin 

Party Scene: Chemsex, Community and Crisis

Delving into the underbelly of queer culture, THISISPOPBABY presented an unflinching and provocative new dance-theatre show about desire, intimacy, isolation and addiction.

Party Scene was a collaboration between choreographer Philip Connaughton and writer/director Phillip McMahon, with a company of incredible performers, that celebrated the sweaty high of the session but asked tough questions about drugs, sex, consent and mental health in the queer community. Looking at Chemsex through an objective lens the shows aim was to spark conversation around identity, self-worth, isolation, homophobia, family and care within the LGBTQ+ community.

Part urgent gathering, part explosive event, Party Scene asked: when does an underground scene become a community crisis, and when is it time for the party to end?


Funded by the Arts Council.
With support from Dublin Pride, Cork Midsummer Festival, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, Dublin Theatre Festival,  Dublin Dance Festival, Gay Health Network and


Created By – Philip Connaughton & Phillip McMahon
Performed by – Anderson de Souza, Liam Bixby, Ryan O’Neill, Matthew Morris
Producer –Carla Rogers
Lighting Design – SJ Shiels & Suzie Cummins
Sound Design – Frank Sweeney
Set & Costume Design – Ellen Kirk
Dramaturg  – Ruth Little
Stage Managers – Grace Donnery & Alannah O’Leary
Chief LX –
Susan Collins
LX Ops – Mela Suowska & Tegan Sutherland
Manager – Adam Fitzsimons
Promotional Photography – Luca Truffarelli
Graphic Design –
 Niall Sweeney, Pony Ltd.
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. Info on harm reduction around a number of drugs, and a section specifically for chemsex and safer injecting.


Gay Men’s Health Service,

–Rialto Community Drugs Team
01 454 0021 |

–The Switchboard
01 872 1055 |

BelongTo Youth Services

The Times

“Exceptional…Gripping and Seductive”

The Irish Times

The Arts Review

“Serving up dance theatre with images that speak and words you can see”