Brokentalkers are a multi-award winning Dublin based theatre company, led by Co-Artistic Directors Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan with Creative Producer Rachel Bergin.
Brokentalkers was founded in 2001 by Cannon and Keegan after graduating from De Montfort University in Leicester. For over a decade Brokentalkers have been making formally ambitious work that defies categorization and have built a reputation as one of Ireland’s most innovative and original theatre companies.
Their working method is founded on a collaborative process that draws on the skills and experiences of a large and diverse group of contributors from different disciplines and backgrounds. Some are professional artists, performers, designers and writers and others are people who do not usually work in the theatre but who brings an authenticity to the work that is compelling.
They make work that responds to the contemporary world, using elements such as original writing, dance, classic texts, film, interviews, found materials and music to represent that world in performance.
A stunning dissection of patriarchy, privilege and performance in a forceful work about sanctified male writers – The List
Inspired interrogation of ‘the great male artist – The Stage
Brokentalkers, one of the country’s most fearless and path breaking theatre companies — The Irish Times
Their recent work includes The Boy Who Never Was (Dublin Theatre Festival 2022), MASTERCLASS (Winner: The Scotsman Fringe First Award 2022, Premiered at Project Arts Centre as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2021), The Examination (Premiered at Project Arts Centre 2019, followed by a run in both Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe Festival 2019; Winner of Best Production & Best Soundscape Irish Times Theatre Awards 2020, Winner of Best Production and Best Performer, Dublin Fringe Festival 2019), Woman Undone (Premiered at Project Arts Centre & Mermaid Arts Centre 2018, followed by National Tour 2019 & 2020), The Circus Animals’ Desertion (Dublin Theatre Festival 2016), This Beach (Munich Kammerspiele, Dublin Fringe Festival 2016, followed by National Tour 2017), Have I No Mouth (Dublin Fringe Festival 2012, followed by National & International Tour; winner of Total Theatre Award, Edinburgh 2013) and The Blue Boy (Grand Prix winner, Kontakt Festival, Torun, Poland, 2014).
To date Brokentalkers have presented their work in Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, New Zealand and the USA.
Brokentalkers are Project Artists, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.
Brokentalkers are Associate Artists field:arts, Dublin
Brokentalkers are Associate Artists LOKAL Performing Arts, Reykjavik.
Gentle and forlorn, angry and yearning. — The New York Times (Have I No Mouth?)
Almost unbearable to watch … devastating theatre — Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (The Blue Boy)
1. Martin McCann, Saara Hurme and Deirdre Griffin in The Circus Animals’ Desertion by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan. Photo Credit: Futoshi Sakauchi (2016)
2. Willie White in The Examination by Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon. Photo credit: Luca Trufferelli (2019)
3. Have I No Mouth by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan. Photo credit: Ilan Bachrach (2014)