Reading Rep Theatre and A Girl Called Stephen today announce the full casts for their double bill coproduction of verbatim plays Locker Room Talk by Gary McNair, and Safe by Alexis Gregory.
For Locker Room Talk, Christie O’Carroll directs Sasha Clarke (Actor 1), Emily Joh Miller (Actor 2), Sivan Raphaelly (Actor 3), and Tilda Wickham (Actor 4).
Annie Kershaw directs Joshua Asare (Samuel), Sasha Clarke (Alecia), Elijah Ferreira (Jack), and Emily Joh Miller (Tami) in Safe.
Locker Room Talk is a provocative exploration of how men speak about women behind their back. Can such sexually provocative conversation be accepted as ‘locker room talk’, or do such attitudes drive abusive behaviour? Does Trump speak to a silent majority or is he a loathsome individual? Writer McNair interviewed dozens of men from a vast array of backgrounds, four non-male identifying performers perform a selection of these conversations.
A recent study found that 25% of UK homeless and at-risk young people identify as LGBT. Safe is a powerful verbatim theatre piece exploring these often untold stories. These are tales of sexuality, gender, childhood, identity, family, religion, race and addiction. A humour-filled exploration and celebration of what it means to feel truly safe in today’s world.
Paul Stacey, Artistic Director of Reading Rep, today said ‘Reading Rep Theatre is committed to equality, inclusion and accessibility. Bringing diverse voices to Reading is central to that ethos, and Locker Room Talk and Safe give us the opportunity to do just that.’
Reading Rep are currently in the midst of a capital campaign to open a new 158 seat theatre and cultural hub in Reading. More info here.
Safe 2nd, 4th, 6th July at 7:30pm, Locker Room Talk 3rd, 5th July at 7:30pm and 4th July at 9pm.