PARTY SCENE 2022 Thisispopbaby Luca Truffareli

Party Scene:
Chemsex, Community and Crisis

World Premiere, Cork and Dublin June 2022

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

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

Party Scene is a collaboration between choreographer Philip Connaughton and writer/director Phillip McMahon, with a company of incredible performers, 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 objective lens, the shows aims to spark conversation around identity, self-worth, isolation, homophobia, family and care within the LGBTQ+ community.

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?

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.

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”

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