Phillip McMahon interview: ‘I feel more fragile talking about this play than any other I have done’

The Dublin-based playwright and director’s latest work, Once Before I Go, is a deeply personal analysis of the Aids crisis in Ireland

18th September, 2021
Phillip McMahon interview: ‘I feel more fragile talking about this play than any other I have done’
Phillip McMahon: ‘We have been making theatre for 15 years. But we still hold true that queer aesthetic, that bawdy line between high art and trash culture.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

When Phillip McMahon was a teenager, he regularly passed the Gate Theatre on his way to and from Dublin Youth Theatre on Gardiner Street where he had first caught the drama bug. Back then, he says: “The Gate was just not on my radar. Even when I had made a career in theatre, it just didn’t seem like the kind of place I would work.”

Indeed, when McMahon was starting out...

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