Sara Keating on Theatre: The Examination – powerful and provocative theatre that forces viewers to face their prejudices

This is theatre at its best, challenging and encouraging the audience to think differently about crime, justice and the individuals caught in the system

Willie White in The Examination. Picture: Luca Truffarelli

The Examination; Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray; On Tour

“What do you see when you look at this face?” Gary Keegan asks us at the beginning of The Examination, a provocative interrogation of class prejudice and the prison system from the always interesting company Brokentalkers.

Dressed in a smart suit and shiny shoes, Keegan addresses us with confidence, using the language of authority to expound upon the “born criminal” concept. He roots his arguments in physical ...