The Examination is a new theatre performance by Brokentalkers. Performed by stand-up comedian and ex-prisoner Willie White and Brokentalkers director Gary Keegan, the piece explores the topic of human rights in the prison system.
Featuring Brokentalkers’ distinctive blend of biography, socio-political discourse and breathtaking theatricality, The Examination will leave no stone unturned in its interrogation of attitudes and aspect of a section of society too often ignored. Drawing on historical research and testimony from current and former prisoners and bringing this to vividly to life though performance, powerful imagery and a visceral sound scape, The Examination will be uncompromising and revelatory.
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. This has complemented wider historical analysis undertaken by Associate Professor Catherine Cox (UCD), with Professor Hilary Marland and Dr Rachel Bennett (University of Warwick). All of this activity is part of a Wellcome Trust Award, “Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000” based at the School of History, UCD.