Performance Workshop

Brokentalkers are delighted to present their latest work MASTERCLASS, written in collaboration with acclaimed New York artist Adrienne Truscott. A satirical performance of interrogating power structures in today’s world, using theatre as a metaphor.

Performed by Adrienne Truscott and Feidlim Cannon MASTERCLASS deconstructs the construct of a ‘masterclass’, examining power, adoration and hierarchy within the arts world in order to explore the wider, global themes of political power, misogyny and gender.

Using a real life example of an unnamed divisive but celebrated playwright MASTERCLASS uses existing footage, publications and interviews. The performance takes the shape of a masterclass, an interview of said master and a post show discussion about a problematic work. Even in 2020 we see the power of male authorship operating with an unwavering level of entitlement, MASTERCLASS proposes the radical and uncomfortable idea that perhaps we lose nothing at all if we destroy the current status quo.

Formally the piece is satirical, playful and absurd using many devices including drag to challenge the audience at every turn. MASTERCLASS blends the fearless and savagely comedic feminist discourse for which Truscott is so well known with the subversive and formally slippery dramaturgy that has become the hallmark of Brokentalkers’ work.

This show will premiere in 2021.



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MASTERCLASS is written by Feidlim Cannon, Gary Keegan & Adrienne Truscott, directed by Feidlim Cannon & Gary Keegan.

Partners & Co-Producers
MASTERCLASS is created with funding from Arts Council of Ireland and is a co-production with Project Arts Centre and Mermaid Arts Centre and Dublin Fringe Festival.