Charlie Bird and his dog Tigger dropped in today to meet the cast of May’s May play, based on his 2016 book of the same name.

Focusing on the 2015 referendum that allowed gay marriage in Ireland for the first time, May Day focused on the former RTÉ broadcaster’s journey across Ireland to meet those most affected by the referendum result.

In the book, inspired by the Yes Equality campaign, Bird told the stories of Ireland’s LGBTQ+ citizens affected by the historic day, presenting an account of their lives and struggles.

Ireland was the first country in the world to introduce marriage equality by popular vote.

From these stories, playwright Colin Murphy shaped the play as documentary theater – chronicling the 35-year journey to marriage equality in Ireland.

The play, which supports Pieta House and the Irish Motor Neurone Association, makes its debut at the Pavilion Theater in Dun Lear. It takes place from October 26 to 29.

“When the letter arrived in my inbox that A Day in May would be returning to the stage, I was overcome with joy. From the moment I was diagnosed, I had a burning desire to revive this incredible production,” said Byrd.

“My involvement in the marriage equality referendum – and the subsequent book and play that resulted – is one of my proudest achievements,” Bird said.

Cast: Orla Fitzgerald, Conor Gormally, Anthony Kinahan, Mary Murray, Marion O’Dwyer, Mark O’Regan, Arthur Riordan and Sarah-Jane Scott.