Guide to Surviving Masculinist Territory

Seen at Edinburgh Festival Fringe on the 11th of August 2022

4 stars – feminist promenade

A girl who likes strolling in the area surrounding her own house. An accurate account of the incels phenomenon. The girl has to interrupt her walking routine. Mass shootings and incels’ internet legacy. She starts taking walks again, clenching her house keys between her fingers and wearing headphones with no music on.

It’s hard to ‘rate’ a show that is not strictly a theatre play. This itinerant performance happens, to the protagonist’s taste, walking. This time, the promenade happens in small groups, with headphones through which we hear about incels – involuntary celibates, an online community claiming they are being denied the right to live sexual or romantic relationships and who nourish hate against women.

This guided walk is an intense experience. Through the protagonist’s perspective, who can be any of the spectator’s, the incels’ misogynist claims, as well as their distorted accounts of the past, are mingled with the present, everyday life of a girl or woman. Such a simple decision of hers, that of strolling alone, is bound to seem an act of courage. This provocative piece allows, in the end, some valuable time for confrontation between the members of the group and with the artists.

The text, written by Marion Thomas, is realized with the collaboration of Audrey Bersier and Maxine Reys, produced by Pintozor Productions. The English version has been translated by Florence Schluchter-Robins and performed by Rosalind McAndrew, with songs by Amy Helena. In the context of the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it has been included in the Swiss Selection.

Aug 11-14, 16-21, 23-28, variable times

Running time: 1 hour

Starting point: SummerHall Courtyard, venue 26

Tickets and Info: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/guide-to-surviving-masculinist-territory

Company Website: http://pintozor.org/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pintozor.prod/?hl=fr

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PintozorP

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