Party Scene: Chemsex. Community. Crisis.

Theatre (lgbtq+)

  • Summerhall - Main Hall
  • 17:35
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Ireland
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Nudity, Strong language/swearing, flashing lights and loud noises.
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Journey into the underbelly of queer culture and experience a sweaty pulsing dance theatre show exploring the complexities of desire, intimacy, isolation and addiction. With an international company of incredible performers, Party Scene celebrates the heady high of the session but poses tough questions around drug use, sex, consent and mental health in the queer community. A bold and wild ride, the show sparks conversation around identity, self-worth, isolation, homophobia, family and care.?

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Once in to the courtyard, follow the signs up the access ramp, around the front of the bar and into the main reception. Down the corridor on your right hand side is the lift on your right hand side. Take this to the first floor, then take a left through the double doors. The Main Hall is on your right.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 16 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Dazza 29 days ago

Firstly I must commend the four performers for the pace and energy of this show. Seeing them limbering up before the start gave a clue to the level of physical exertion required, but it did not stop.

Some parts were a very hard watch, and revealed the terrible toll that hard drug use has on basic humanity. The scene when money was taken from the pocket of the guy who had overdosed by another to pay for a takeaway was sobering and would hopefully discourage anyone from going down this path.

Fabian 44 days ago

I just saw this heartfelt and energetic Irish physical dance performance which I can highly recommend! I was touched by the integrity of this show and the refreshing absence of judgment about its topic. Every bit is physically expressed in movement, you can feel its essence in the highs and lows while words underpin a personal context for each of the four dancers, whom are all sexy without trying too hard.
The choreography is well researched in movement and executed precisely and energetically without being too precious about the composition. We get time to absorb it all, as some choreography comes back. The rawness was balanced with calm costume changes, costumes that create many queer ‘skins' and moods within the show while the soundscape playlist felt like an aquarium with various fish, diverse but all swimming in the same tank.
As a queer person I left with a sense of pride, however, one doesn’t need to be gay or into partying nor chem-sex to appreciate this show,
instead it builds a bridge between anyone who is alive and kicking.

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Culture Fix (4/5 stars) 38 days ago

Creatively gives a judgement-free insight into the realities of chemsex. The four performers bring Party Scene’s themes of sex, danger, and community to life with strikingly absorbing movements and finesse.

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Lost In Theatreland (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

This is a pulsating show that is expertly performed.

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

They are not afraid of silence or stillness.

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The Stage (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

Hypnotic and sexually charged

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