A photograph of performers Sadiq Ali and David Banks, both wearing tight white t-shirts and black trousers, brightly lit against a reddish pink background. David, on the right, is facing front and yelling while swinging a punch that Sadiq, on the left, is bending backwards to dodge, hands in the air. Red light comes from the left.
Photo credit: Brian Hartley. Design by Rachel O’Neill

 

He says they made my hands into bombs. 

I’m waiting for him to say ‘you don’t have to do this, it’s ok. You don’t have to do this.’ 

Instead he says, ‘Jump on the spot. You’re shaking. We can’t let them see that you’re shaking.’ 

 

Stuntman is an explosive physical performance by two men exploring the relationships between violence and masculinity through stunts and satire. Taking inspiration from classic and contemporary action movies such as Die Hard and John Wick to create high-octane and sometimes ridiculous fight scenes, Stuntman examines the impact that having action-hero role models has on men and boys.

A striking, film set-inspired design by Rachel O’Neill, along with sound by Richy Carey and lights from Michaella Fee immerse the audience in the excitement of the heightened, cartoonish fights and draw us into the performer’s personal stories of their relationship with violence and aggression. Set in traverse, the audience are front and centre of the action, an intimate yet explosive performance from David Banks and Sadiq Ali juxtaposes the anger, rage and hype that men can feel on the brink of a fight with the calm softness and tenderness of not wishing to be violent. 

Stuntman is for anyone who has ever enjoyed a violent action movie (but felt a bit weird about it). It is an intensely physical, funny, and tender duet by two men who wrestle with their relationship to violence – both onscreen and off. Fusing the Pow! Biff! and Wallop! of over-the-top stunt fights with personal stories of real encounters with violence from the performers’ lives.

 

Stuntman is touring Scotland in Autumn 2022 – check out News and Dates for more info.
 

Credits

Director & Deviser – Pete Lannon (he/him)
Performer & Deviser – David Banks (he/him + they/them)
Performer & Deviser – Sadiq Ali (he/him)
Scenographer – Rachel O’Neill (she/her)
Lighting Designer – Michaella Fee (she/her)
Sound Designer – Richy Carey (he/him)
Dramaturg – Kim Donohoe (she/her)
Action Consultant – Emma Claire Brightlyn (she/her)
Action Assistant – Robin Hellier (he/him)
Engagement Coordinator – Eoin McKenzie (he/him)
Producer – Nicola Lawton (she/her)
Originally created by – Pete Lannon, Ellie Dubois & David Banks
Photographer – Brian Hartley 
Marketing & PR – Chloe Nelkin Consulting  
 
All enquiries, high res images and further information: Georgina Carter, Chloé Nelkin Consulting E: georgina@chloenelkinconsulting.com, T: 020 3627 2960 W: www.chloenelkinconsulting.com 
 
 

Rehearsal Photos