Locker Room Talk Returns

May 9, 2017 | By | Reply More

#EdFringe tix on sale now

Gary McNair’s verbatim show, Locker Room Talk, inspired by Donal Trump’s leaked sexually aggressive comments, will play two performances in one day at the Traverse in the 2017 fringe.

The show had a work-in-progress performance at the Traverse in February and will now play preview dates at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and Latitude Festival in England. Tickets for two performances at the Traverse on Monday 21 August went on sale today.

Trump was recorded in 2005, bragging about using his fame to try and have sex with women and “grab them by the pussy” without their consent. When the tapes were released during the Presidential race in 2016, he dismissed his comments as “locker room banter”.

McNair has used the Trump comments as a creative catalyst, provoking and recording hundreds of conversations with men and boys about women.

In the show an edit of these conversations is relayed via headphones to a cast of four women who perform them verbatim. The cast for these performances will be Jamie Marie Leary, Rachael Spence, Joanna Tope and Maureen Carr.

A vital part of each performance is a post-show conversation, inviting the audience to examine the issues raised: Just how prevalent is this misogynistic language? And how much ownership of the current situation do we need to take before seeing change?

important and urgent

Commenting on the production, McNair says: “It’s brilliant to be able to get another couple of chances to develop aspects of the piece before August. The Traverse is my favourite theatre in the world and I’m particularly thrilled to give Locker Room Talk its Festival premiere there.

“The work feels important and urgent and I can’t wait to share it with the international audience that the Traverse attracts in August

Gary McNair. Pic Mihaela Bodlovic

Director Orla O’Loughlin adds: “Though initially shown as a ‘rapid response’ piece, events both local and international prove that Locker Room Talk has only grown in agency: as an act of resistance, a means of provocation and a rallying call to arms.

“I am especially proud that Locker Room Talk has been invited to both the Abbey Theatre and Latitude Festival ahead of its World Premiere in August. Both are organisations whose fearless commitment to championing provocative contemporary theatre absolutely chimes with that of the Traverse.

“It is heartening to know that the work of the Traverse continues to have such powerful resonance at home and further afield.”

Listings

Locker Room Talk
Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404
Monday 21 August 2017.
Two performances: 2.45pm & 7pm.
Tickets and details: https://www.traverse.co.uk/whats-on/event-detail/1189/locker-room-ralk.aspx

Locker Room Talk work-in-progress
Abbey Theatre, 26/27 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin. Phone booking: 353 1 8787222
Thursday 28 – Saturday 20 May 2017.
Evenings: 8pm.
Tickets and details: https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats_on/event/whats-happening-now-locker-room-talk/

Locker Room Talk work-in-progress
Latitude Festival, Henham Park
Saturday 15 July 2017
Tickets here: http://www.latitudefestival.com/tickets
Details here: http://www.latitudefestival.com/line-up/artist/traverse-presents-gary-mcnair-locker-room-talk

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