Locker Room Talk returns for Traverse Festival 2017

09 May 2017 ← return to listing

Locker Room Talk returns for Traverse Festival 2017

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 change?

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

Tickets for all Locker Room Talk performances are on sale now. 

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.'


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