STAGE REVIEW: Locker Room Talk @ Live Theatre, Newcastle (17.04.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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The final night of Locker Room Talk is at Live Theatre, Newcastle tonight

“I’m not proud of it. I apologise to my family. I apologise to the American people. Certainly, I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk,” said incumbent American Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world Donald Trump when probed on his infamous “grab them by the pussy” bit during the presidential debates.

Fuelling the conflagratory zeitgeist of the #MeToo movement and the public foregrounding of critical conversations about sexual harassment and assault, Trump’s comments jumpstarted a mass-questioning of male culture, and the way men talk about women when women are not around. It’s just a bit of a laugh, right?

An alarming experience, writer Gary McNair and Director Anna Ryder have transformed hundreds of hours of interviews with males in the places they gather into a visceral act of verbatim theatre, four female actors speaking the precise words (stops and stutters and all) as captured.

A clinical exploration of the male need to create self through the casting of an antagonistic other, this bracing show raises endless questions about male identity and violence against women; bubbling brutality brought shockingly to the surface when banter becomes a threat – however jokingly-intended – to life and person.

Brought together by the cast and crew in less than three days, the show forces debate and self-reflection, ultimately prompting a fundamental question; why are we laughing?

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