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Once Before I Go

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

Told against the backdrop of Dublin’s burgeoning gay rights movement of the 1980s and 1990s and the contemporary LGBTQ+ community of today, the play charts the close friendship of Lynn, Daithí, and the luminous Bernard, and sits on the exhilarating edge between comedy, tragedy and melodrama.

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.

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.

Any guests with specific access needs are kindly requested to contact the Box Office team in advance of booking at boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie.

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

Entry to the Gate and the auditorium will be conditional on the health guidelines at the time of the performance, and not at the time of ticket purchase. Any updated conditions of entry will be notified to guests in advance of the performance.

For the health and safety of our staff and other patrons, we kindly request that guests wear a face mask on arrival at and departure from the Gate, and while moving about the venue.

Matinees: Saturdays – 2.30pm
Evenings: Mondays to Saturdays – 7.30pm


Sep 24 2021 - Oct 23 2021


7:30 pm - 10:30 pm




Gate Theatre
Cavendish Row, Parnell Square E, Rotunda, Dublin 1