Torch Song Trilogy

Torch Song Trilogy

By Harvey Fierstein, Preformed by Kabosh in April 1996 as the Irish Premiere and then the show was revived in November 1997: Lyric Theatre, Belfast

“this evening of outrageous cabaret scores highly as a funny and entertaining performance piece”


This award-winning and popular work broke new theatrical ground as Fierstein challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man’s longings for love and family. 

The action centres on Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing Jewish drag queen living in New York City in the 1980s. Kabosh’s adaptation is an evening of theatre highlighted and back-projected by the happenings in a tatty, sleazy, drag queen club.

It won both a Tony and a Drama Desk award for ‘Best New Play’ when it ran on Broadway in 1982.

“Kabosh Theatre Company has pushed back another barrier of theatrical daring”


Cast Crew

Directed by Orla McKeagney

Cast: Steve Brown (Stephen Cavanagh), Paul Boyd, Tony Brundin, Karl Happe and Míceál Murphy

Adapted and original music by Paul Boyd

Choreographed by Rachel O’Riordan

Designed by Alison Butler

“the hottest show in town …. its very tat is what gives it class.  And its loaded with class”


Venues: OMAC, Belfast; The Town Hall, Dundalk; Garter Lane Theatre, Waterford and Riverside Theatre, Coleraine

“hugely entertaining and deeply affecting”