The Examination

Performance Theatre

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. 

Winners of the Best Production Award at the 2019 Dublin Fringe Festival. This prize is presented to the show that displays excellence in every area of production, design, performance, conception and execution. The Best Performers Award for Willie White for The Examination confirms the enormous work and talent that is poured into The Examination.

Featuring Brokentalkers’ distinctive blend of biography, socio-political discourse and breathtaking theatricality, The Examination leaves no stone unturned in its interrogation of attitudes and a section of society too often ignored. Drawing on historical research and testimony from current and former prisoners and bringing this vividly to life through performance, powerful imagery and a visceral sound scape, The Examination is 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.


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  • 2019-09-14 00:00:00 2019-09-14 00:00:00 - Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin - Ireland
  • 2019-09-12 00:00:00 2019-09-12 00:00:00 - Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin - Ireland
  • 2019-09-11 00:00:00 2019-09-11 00:00:00 - Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin - Ireland
  • 2019-09-07 00:00:00 2019-09-10 00:00:00 - Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin - Ireland
  • 2019-08-20 00:00:00 2019-08-25 00:00:00 - Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh - Scotland
  • 2019-08-13 00:00:00 2019-08-18 00:00:00 - Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh - Scotland