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“Polished takedown of toxic masculinity”

Timmy Creed is a hurler and a Gaelic Athletic Association man. He plays hurling – the fastest sport on grass – for Bishopstown, one of more than 2,200 clubs administered by the GAA, an institution with over half a million members in Ireland alone.

Spliced is his love-hate letter to the game he grew up with, staged here in a converted squash court in Edinburgh Sports Club.

It has a classical three-act structure. In the first, Creed introduces us to the sport, and describes how its particular brand of testosterone-fuelled competition defined his early adulthood.

In the second, he relates how a chance break into acting opened up his world, and made him confront the mental damage hurling had inflicted upon him.

And in the third, the two Timmys – the hyped-up hurler and the yoga-loving actor – come face to face.

Creed is an energetic, endearing performer, whether he’s smashing a ball against the side of his set, or doing a handstand in a G-string, and Gina Moxey’s production, which thrillingly synthesises Chris Somers’ throbbing score and David Mathúna’s hectic video design, grips throughout.

It is, essentially, a predictable but polished takedown of toxic masculinity, told in a thick Cork accent. Well worth the walk from the city centre.

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Production Details
Production nameSpliced
VenueTraverse at Edinburgh Sports Club
StartsJuly 31, 2019
EndsAugust 25, 2019
Running time1hr
AuthorTimmy Creed
DirectorGina Moxey
Lighting designerEoin Winning
Video designerDavid Mathúna
CastTimmy Creed
TechnicalPatrick Lehane
Production managerAnthony Hanley
ProducerChalk It Down, Mags Keohane, Traverse Theatre
VerdictAn energetic and entertaining takedown of toxic masculinity in the Gaelic world of hurling
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