Page extent: 72
ISBN: 9781786822857
Binding: PaperBack

Locker Room Talk

Gary McNair

PaperBack (21 Aug 2017)

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’.

But can this be true? Is this simply a loathsome individual or one who speaks to a silent majority? Gary McNair wants to think we are better than this, and is having honest conversations with men about women to see if he is right or wrong. The words of these men are performed by a cast of women in this verbatim piece.

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ISBN13 9781786822857
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 72


'McNair set out to discover how widespread this sort of talk was by taking his dictaphone into places where men gather, asking them how they talk about women and recording their words with anonymity guaranteed. Hundreds of hours of conversation have been whittled down to an hour, with a post-show discussion an integral part of every performance... It’s hard to listen to this relentless and toxic catalogue of misogyny. Probably as much for many men as it is for the women in the audience. While it’s never comfortable, it’s always fascinating. And by using female actors the show increasingly shines a light on the uncertainties of the interviewees and their confusions and fears over what it means to be a man.' Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ★★★★

'Even with women voicing these words, even in the relative safety of the controlled theatre environment, this feels intimidating, the emotional equivalent of walking the gauntlet of the building site... it's not so much a play about women as the beginnings of a discussion about masculine identity... a challenging, disturbing piece, Locker Room Talk comes from a place of anger, compassion and – ultimately - optimism.' The National ★★★★