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Wednesday, 19th June 2024

Masterclass, a hilarious examination of gender and power, at the Droichead on Friday

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After an award winning, critically acclaimed international tour, Brokentalkers and New York feminist comic Adrienne Truscott will be bringing Masterclass, a hilarious examination of gender and power, to the Droichead Arts Centre this Friday night, June 21st. 

Featuring the savagely comedic feminist discourse of Adrienne, MASTERCLASS parodies the “great male artist” to within an inch of his life in order to uncover some difficult truths about privilege and power.

The show begins in the form of a cockamamie masterclass performed by fed up feminist Adrienne Truscott and all-around good guy Feidlim Cannon. It’s fun. It’s familiar. There are wigs. But there is something more at play.

Using the arts world as a metaphor, MASTERCLASS is a literate and hilarious examination of gender and power. 

From the creators:  

Feidlim Cannon: We are delighted to be presenting Masterclass on a National Tour this June, the show premiered here in 2021 and has been touring internationally since. Brokentalkers met Adrienne Truscott all the way back in 2015 when Brokentalkers were here presenting Have I No Mouth, and Adrienne was here with The Wau Wau Sisters and her solo show Asking For It. We instantly connected both artistically and personally. Since then we had been seeking opportunities to collaborate. 

Gary Keegan: The inspiration for Masterclass came from a question Adrienne had about the power “Great Male Writers” had over how and by whom their scripts were staged. Adrienne, Feidlim and I had been looking for a project to work on together for several years and this theme of power chimed with the kind of thing Feidlim and I like to make shows about. We were also drawn to how certain of these “great” artists talk about themselves and their work.

Adrienne Truscott: Masterclass isn’t just about these “great” artists, it’s also about us. We say things to each other in this play that are so true and so excruciating and funny. Not just about us, about our industry and culture, but also SO about us. 

Other Details: 

Masterclass has been performed at leading international venues and festivals including Southbank Centre - London, Sydney Opera House - Sydney Festival - Sydney, Istanbul Theatre Festival - Istanbul, RISING Melbourne - Melbourne, Teatro do Bairro Alto - Lisbon, Brighton Festival- Brighton. 

Critical Acclaim: 

Winner Fringe First Award - Edinburgh 2022 - The Scotsman
★★★★★ - The Stage
★★★★★ - The List 
★★★★★ - The Irish Times
★★★★.5 - Arts Hub Australia
★★★★ - Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ - The Times
★★★★ - The Scotsman
★★★★ - The Guardian
★★★★ - Fest Magazine
★★★★ - The Arts Review
★★★★ - Three Weeks in Edinburgh

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