Locker Room Talk under the microscope at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree

Locker Room Talk is at The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, on Friday, April 19.
Locker Room Talk is at The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, on Friday, April 19.

Following the overwhelming response to previous sell-out performances, Locker Room Talk is embarking on a Scottish tour, continuing a vital conversation about misogyny and masculinity which has only become even more urgent in present climes.

The tour comes to Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree on Friday, April 19.

Created by award-winning playwright and Traverse Associate Artist Gary McNair in response to Donald Trump’s infamous “grab them by the pussy” comment, it is a provocative piece of event theatre exploring how men speak about women in men-only spaces.

Seeking to uncover how ingrained this sexually abusive rhetoric really is, it calls out both the everyday and systematic sexual aggression and abuse towards women, both physical and verbal, across all industries and levels of society.

Directed by former Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin, Locker Room Talk brings together hundreds of hours of interview material with real men, interviewed in male-dominated spaces, speaking about women.

These words are then performed, verbatim, by a cast of four women.

The Scottish tour cast will include Jamie Marie Leary and Maureen Carr, who have performed the piece previously, and two actors new to the piece – Nicola Roy and Gabriel Quigley.

The significance of the piece saw it invited to The Scottish Parliament for a one-off staging.

SNP MSP Rona Mackay, Deputy Convenor of the Justice Committee, commented: “The magnitude of sexual harassment, assault, abuse, rape and derogatory behaviour towards women has recently been highlighted, following the prominent #MeToo hashtag, and what is being spoken about more and more is the inequality and injustice that it is rooted in.

“We must challenge the attitudes that lead to harassment, abuse, violence and bullying – and that is what Locker Room Talk does.”

A vital part of each performance is a post-show conversation, giving the audience opportunity to participate, ask questions, examine the issues raised and confront the crisis of gender, masculinity and extreme masculinity – and ask ‘where do we go from here?’.

Tickets are are available from Aberdeen Performing Arts by calling (01224) 641122, or in person at one of the box offices at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre or the Lemon Tree.