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Dublin Theatre Festival: Sean Campion and Aisling O’Sullivan star in Philip McMahon’s play

Once Before I Go: Aisling O’Sullivan and Sean Campion. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Once Before I Go: Aisling O’Sullivan and Sean Campion. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

ONCE BEFORE I GO

Gate Theatre, Dublin
★★★★☆
“Gays are so boring now. It’s not like the old days,” Daithí (Sean Campion) quips when his old friend Lynn (Aisling O’Sullivan) comes calling to his London flat after 25 years of silence.

Once a radical feminist and gay-rights activist, Lynn is married with grown-up kids now. She works in law, wears a pencil skirt, drives a hybrid. Daithí has also settled down, in his own fashion. Recovered from addiction, he has become a surrogate father to a troubled young trans man, Jase, played by Sam Crerar with an explosive vulnerability.

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