"So begins a more politically sly and artfully provocative piece than you might expect for a show developed as part of an academic research project."
Peter Crawley, Irish Times

 

UCD’s Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland in association with Brokentalkers Theatre Company presented The Examination in the Project Arts Centre and Axis, Ballymun, Dublin. The Examination is part of a Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850–2000’, led by Associate Professor Catherine Cox (UCD). As part of the project Brokentalkers worked closely with Catherine drawing on her historical research  into  healthcare and particularly  mental health  in Irish prisons. Brokentalkers  also held theatre workshops and interviews with prisoners and former prisoners working with Mountjoy Prison and PACE Training and Education Services. The Examination ‘offers no easy escapes: both the health provisions of prisons and our own ideas of punishment and reform need careful and constant examination.’