Dates and Times
Fri 1 - Sat 2 Nov 2019 at 9pm
Handle with Care: a three-week festival interrogating trigger warnings, no platforming and the culture of the so-called ‘snowflake’
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Presented by Attila Theatre
Self-identifying ‘Incels’ (involuntary celibates), an online subculture mostly consisting of white, male heterosexuals, have been responsible for at least four mass murders in North America. The neck bearded online gamer who lives in his mother’s basement stereotype is certainly at play here, but incels have become something much more dangerous.
Often taking refuge in online chat rooms, incels experience a cycle of loneliness, self-loathing and rage which can be impossible to escape, however begins in something that everyone experiences; anxiety over sex and virginity.
Attila Theatre investigate incel phenomenon, it’s origins, lore and explore why these men feel entitled to sex and endorse violence towards sexually active people. They love women and want to have sex with them so much (but cannot), that they hate women and want to kill them. There’s a lot to unpick here.
Whether you’re a Chad, a Stacy or a ‘nice guy’™ who has black pilled himself so far into his fedora that you cannot see a way out, I, Incel offers an insight into this part of the manosphere which shouldn’t be ignored.
This production contains references to suicide, sexual harassment and rape, mass murder, violent misogyny. Recommended age: 16+
About the company
Attila Theatre is an evolving ensemble of theatre-makers formed in 2013 by graduates of Reading University and Fourth Monkey Theatre Company, Ashley Winter and Christopher Montague. We create theatre that gets to grips with popular culture, using dark, piercing humour and a messy yet distinctive visual style.
Grafted Cede is a devising ensemble based in London, founded in 2008 by Dorie Kinnear and Will Pinchin. We see our theatre as a space to share questions, not simply to propound messages, and, in so doing, we strive to create work that is dynamic, moving, and fun.
Image credit: (c) Georgie Lanfranchi