Locker Room Talk returns for Traverse Festival 2017
09 May 2017 ← return to listing
Pioneering Locker Room Talk
returns for Traverse Festival 2017, also touring to Abbey Theatre,
Dublin and Latitude Festival.
The Traverse Theatre is thrilled to
announce the World Premiere of Locker
Room Talk by award-winning playwright and Traverse
Associate Artist Gary McNair during Traverse
Festival 2017. Following its sell-out Work in Progress rapid
response performances in February, the show returns for a one day,
two performance event on Monday 21 August. The cast for these
performances will be Jamie Marie Leary, Rachael Spence, Joanna Tope
and Maureen Carr.
Directed by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin, Locker
Room Talk is a provocative piece of event theatre.
Inspired by Donald Trump's leaked sexually aggressive comments, the
show is a confronting exploration of the phenomenon the then
presidential candidate later dismissed as 'locker room banter'.
McNair uses these comments as a creative catalyst, provoking and
gathering hundreds of conversations with men and boys about women.
These recordings are relayed via headphones and performed verbatim
by a cast of women. 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
Due to the overwhelming audience response and industry interest
generated in February, Locker
Room Talk has been invited to play as a Work in Progress
at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 18-20 May (with an Irish cast) and
Latitude Festival, 15 July ahead of its performances at Traverse
Festival 2017. It will be the first time the Traverse has shown
work at either venue.
Mon 21 Aug, 2.45pm & 7pm
for all Locker Room Talk performances are on sale
Gary McNair, Writer, says:
'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. It's also brilliant to be able to get another
couple of chances to develop aspects of the piece before August.
First, it's an honour to be invited to the National Theatre of
Ireland and join in the amazing work that's going on there, and
then on to arguably the coolest music festival in the UK - Latitude
Festival. Having performed there in 2011 I've been really keen
to get back since, so I'm delighted that we can be there.'
Orla O'Loughlin, Artistic Director, Traverse Theatre says:
'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.'