Brokentalkers, Project Arts Centre and Town Hall Theatre Galway present
Brokentalkers present Manifest, a frank and unflinching new performance exploring the current state of masculinity.
Taking the form of a workshop, a group of men are facilitated in a conversation about what it means to be a man.
Drawing on testimony, research and the men’s own personal experiences, Manifest weaves between themes of violence, empathy, power and the suppression of vulnerability in a world where men can often be seen as a liability to themselves and others.
Manifest is part of What Does He Need?
What Does He Need is a long-term project by artist and writer Fiona Whelan, Brokentalkers and Rialto Youth Project, exploring how men and boys are shaped by and influence the world they live in. What Does He Need? operates at the intersection of collaborative arts practice, performance, qualitative research and youth work and aims to create significant public dialogue about the current state of masculinity.
Captioned Performance: 4 March, 2:30pm
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Directed by Feidlim Cannon & Gary Keegan
Text written by Feidlim Cannon, Gary Keegan, Fiona Whelan & The Cast
Creative Producer Rachel Bergin
Movement Director Eddie Kay
Set Design Ger Clancy
Costume Design Sarah Foley
Lighting Design Dara Hoban
Sound & AV Design Frank Sweeney
Production Manager Eoin Kilkenny
Stage Manager Evie McGuinness
Brokentalkers are a multi-award winning Dublin based theatre company, led by Co-Artistic Directors Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan with Creative Producer Rachel Bergin. Brokentalkers was founded in 2001 by Cannon and Keegan after graduating from De Montfort University in Leicester. For over a decade Brokentalkers have been making formally ambitious work that defies categorization and have built a reputation as one of Ireland’s most innovative and original theatre companies.
Their working method is founded on a collaborative process that draws on the skills and experiences of a large and diverse group of contributors from different disciplines and backgrounds. Some are professional artists, performers, designers and writers and others are people who do not usually work in the theatre but who brings an authenticity to the work that is compelling.
They make work that responds to the contemporary world, using elements such as original writing, dance, classic texts, film, interviews, found materials and music to represent that world in performance.
Their recent work includes The Boy Who Never Was (Dublin Theatre Festival 2022), MASTERCLASS (Winner: The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2022, Premiered at Project Arts Centre as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2021), The Examination (Premiered at Project Arts Centre 2019, followed by a run in both Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe Festival 2019; Winner of Best Production & Best Soundscape Irish Times Theatre Awards 2020, Winner of Best Production and Best Performer, Dublin Fringe Festival 2019), Woman Undone (Premiered at Project Arts Centre & Mermaid Arts Centre 2018, followed by National Tour 2019 & 2020), The Circus Animals’ Desertion (Dublin Theatre Festival 2016), This Beach (Munich Kammerspiele, Dublin Fringe Festival 2016, followed by National Tour 2017), Have I No Mouth (Dublin Fringe Festival 2012, followed by National & International Tour; winner of Total Theatre Award, Edinburgh 2013) and The Blue Boy (Grand Prix winner, Kontakt Festival, Torun, Poland, 2014).
To date Brokentalkers have presented their work in Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, New Zealand and the USA.
Brokentalkers are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
Brokentalkers are Associate Artists field:arts, Dublin
Brokentalkers are Associate Artists LOKAL Performing Arts, Reykjavik.
A Co-Production with Project Arts Centre and Town Hall Theatre, Galway.
Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.
Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.
Please note: This performance contains moving lights, and discusses themes of violence and suicidal ideation.