During his controversial presidential election campaign, Donald Trump regularly made statements considered by many to be misogynistic and offensive. Though he made little apology for either his language or alleged actions, the electorate elevated him to the highest office in the land – bringing his views along with him. Can such sexually abusive rhetoric really be accepted as mere locker room talk? Is this simply an individual or one who speaks to a silent majority? Might it be that our world isn’t as progressive as we’d like to think?
Gary McNair wants to think we’re 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.
Each performance will be followed by a discussion giving the opportunity for the audience to participate, ask questions and examine the issues raised.
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I worked with Gary McNair on Locker Room Talk as his research assistant. My work on this project included arranging and conducting interviews with various different groups of men from the workplace to the pub. These interviews formed the verbatim text that has been performed at the Traverse Theatre, the Scottish Parliament and Lattitude Festival to critical acclaim. The play received ★★★★ reviews from the Independent, the Stage, the Guardian and the Scotsman and was published by Oberon in 2017. Other duties included: collating additional online research, recording and transcribing audio and managing the online storage of the files. Since this project I have assistant directed Gary’s summer pantomime Punocchio at the Oran Mor (2017) and assisted on his research process for Scottish Youth Theatre’s Tell Us Who We Are (2018).