“a thoroughly exhilarating 60 minutes that certainly pulls no punches” – ★★★★★ The Recs
“This is the kind of theatre we need.”- ★★★★★ The List
He says they’re making 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.
“On the surface fun and silly, it has much greater depth …delivered with a (thoughtful) punch. A small but perfectly formed piece of theatre.” – Glasgow Theatre Blog
“a subtle and moving meditation on masculine violence” ★★★★ – The Stage
Audience info & content warnings
Recommended for ages 14+. Stuntman contains violence(including use of prop weapons and fake blood), strong language (including use of racial & homophobic slurs) & reference to suicide.
Lead Artist & Director – Pete Lannon
Performer & Deviser – David Banks
Performer & Deviser – Sadiq Ali
Scenographer & Light Installation Designer – Rachel O’Neill
Lighting Designer – Michaella Fee
Composer & Sound Designer – Richy Carey
Dramaturg – Kim Donohoe
Dramaturg/Outside Eye – Rishi Trikha
Action Consultant – Emma Claire Brightlyn
Action Assistant – Robin Hellier
Technical Stage Manager – Chris Gorman
Engagement Coordinator – Eoin McKenzie
Producer – Stories Untold Productions
BSL Interpreter – Iain Hodgetts
Originally created by – Pete Lannon, Ellie Dubois & David Banks
Photographer – Brian Hartley
Graphic design – Gallusness
Marketing & PR – Chloe Nelkin Consulting
With thanks to National Theatre of Scotland, Tramway, Imaginate, Catherine Wheels, Starcatchers, Scottish Opera and Community Circus Paisley.
Stuntman has been supported by the Creative Scotland Touring Fund for Theatre & Dance and iwas part of the Made in Scotland showcase 2023. madeinscotlandshowcase.com
All enquiries, high res images and further information:
Chloé Nelkin Consulting
E: firstname.lastname@example.org, M: 07764 273 219 (Chloé)