Friday 8th March
Tickets: €15 / €12
Recommended for ages 14+
‘I’d like the people to know I’m not an animal. Did I cause harm? Yes. Should I be punished? Of course. But do I deserve my human rights? Absolutely I do.’
The Examination is a new theatre performance by Brokentalkers exploring the theme of healthcare in the Irish prison system.
Featuring Brokentalkers’ distinctive blend of biography, socio-political discourse and breathtaking theatricality, The Examination draws on historical research and testimony from current and former prisoners. With powerful imagery and a visceral soundscape, The Examination is an uncompromising and revelatory interrogation of an aspect of society too often ignored.
The Examination features a performance by Willie White a comedian who got into comedy in 2005, through the TV programme Joy In The Hood, in which comedian Des Bishop ran stand-up workshops in some of the most impoverished areas of Ireland, including Ballymun where White is from.
The Examination is the outcome of a 12-month research and creative process period, that has seen Brokentalkers’ directors Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon hold theatre workshops and interviews with prisoners and former prisoners in various settings including Mountjoy Prison and PACE Training and Education Services. They have also drawn on wider historical analysis undertaken by Associate Professor Catherine Cox (UCD), with Professor Hilary Marland and Dr Rachel Bennett (University of Warwick). The Examination is part of a Wellcome Trust project, “Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000” https://histprisonhealth.com based at the School of History, University College Dublin. It explores aspects the history of health and healthcare in Irish prisons.