Locker Room Talk to be performed at the Scottish Parliament

26 October 2017 ← return to listing

Locker Room Talk to be performed at the Scottish Parliament

We are thrilled to announce that Locker Room Talk will be performed in front of an audience of Scottish politicians, in a special performance at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 9 November.

Created by award-winning playwright and Traverse Associate Artist Gary McNair, and directed by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin, Locker Room Talk brings together hundreds of hours of interview material with real men, interviewed in male-dominated spaces, speaking about women. These words are then performed, verbatim, by a cast of four women, with Blythe Duff - last seen at the Traverse in Grain in the Blood - joining the cast for this one-off performance alongside Maureen Carr, Rachael Spence and Joanna Tope. 

Following sell-out performances at the Traverse, Abbey Theatre in Dublin and Latitude Festival earlier this year, this will be Locker Room Talk's first performance in front of an amassed collection of political bodies and decision-makers, giving everyone present the opportunity to discuss how we tackle an alarmingly common issue in practical terms.

Orla O'Loughlin, Traverse Artistic Director, says:

'Locker Room Talk was conceived because Gary McNair and I were convinced that the issue of deep rooted misogyny was something we needed to address head on in order to generate a conversation we felt was urgently needed. It lays bare some very ugly behaviours in an attempt to challenge the attitudes which can lead to abuse - and we continue to be overwhelmed by the interest and engagement of those who have seen the show.

We believe that the first step towards positive change is visibility and discussion. At this tipping point moment, as many brave individuals come forward to share their testimonies of violence and harassment, it's clear that society must take action. The Traverse is proud to take a lead in tackling this pressing and difficult topic - presenting this piece to members of the Scottish Parliament provides a powerful opportunity to effect real change.'

SNP MSP Rona Mackay, Deputy Convenor of the Justice Committee, says:

'I am delighted to be able to host Locker Room Talk, and the Traverse Theatre, in the Scottish Parliament. The magnitude of sexual harassment, assault, abuse, rape and derogatory behaviour towards women has recently been highlighted, following the prominent #MeToo hashtag, and what is being spoken about more and more is the inequality and injustice that it is rooted in.

Through various actions the Scottish Government are taking, they are sending out a strong message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated in Scotland. But, what is clear, from the past few weeks in particular, is that we must challenge the attitudes that lead to harassment, abuse, violence and bullying - and that is what Locker Room Talk does.'

Image: Michael Cranston


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