PARTY SCENE 2022 Thisispopbaby Luca Truffareli

Party Scene:
Chemsex, Community and Crisis

Journey into the underbelly of queer culture and experience a sweaty pulsing dance theatre show exploring the complexities of desire, intimacy, isolation and addiction.
With an international company of incredible performers, Party Scene celebrates the heady high of the session but poses tough questions around drug use, sex, consent and mental health in the queer community. A bold and wild ride, the show sparks conversation around identity, self-worth, isolation, homophobia, family and care.

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

 Irish tour funded by the Arts Council. German dates funded by Culture Ireland and the Irish Embassy in Germany as part of Zeitgeist Irland 24.

Made 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

Download show programme HERE.

Previous Dates:
World Premiere, Cork and Dublin June 2022
15-17 June 2022| The Warehouse @ Marina Market, Cork Midsummer Festival
22 June – 2 July 2022| Project Arts Centre, Dublin
25-28 July 2023 |  Project Arts Centre, Dublin
2-27 August | Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Created By – Philip Connaughton & Phillip McMahon
Performed by – Liam Bixby, Philip Connaughton, Carl Harrison & Ryan O’Neill
Producer – Carla Rogers
Lighting Design – SJ Shiels & Suzie Cummins
Sound Design – Frank Sweeney
Set & Costume Design – Ellen Kirk
Dramaturg  – Ruth Little
Stage Manager – Mark Jackson
Production Manager –
Eoin Hannaway
Promotional Photography
– Luca Truffarelli
Graphic Design –
 Niall Sweeney, Pony Ltd.

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”

The Stage

“Hypnotic and sexually charged”

The List

Lost in Theatreland

If you have been affected by any of the issues highlighted in this show or are struggling with #Chemsex, helpful contacts include:


Gay Men’s Health Service,

–Rialto Community Drugs Team
01 454 0021 |

–The Switchboard | 01 872 1055 |

–BelongTo Youth Services