FRINGE PREVIEW: Locker Room Talk comes to Traverse Theatre on 21 August

A provocative piece of event theatre inspired by Donald Trump’s leaked sexually aggressive comments

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 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

When asked about the venue, McNair was thrilled to be premiering at the Traverse, “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.”

Locker Room Talk comes to Edinburgh Fringe Festival
(Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic)

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 was 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. 

McNair said “It’s 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.”  

Tickets for Locker Room Talk can be purchased here.

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