Twelve Times He Spoke

 by Finegan Kruckemeyer


How can you put a whole life on stage?  

After a stellar premier season in the Theatre Royal Backspace in July, Tasmania Performs is bringing Twelve Times He Spoke to regional towns across Tasmania in November.

It begins simply enough, mapping the twists and turns of one man’s unremarkable life. But the course he has charted is not the one that unfolds, and he ends up in places – some quite dark – that were never part of his plan. The fortunes, mishaps, and joys of his years provide a life-long reminder that happiness and comfort can be found in the seemingly insignificant. That the unremarkable can in fact grow to something rich and rare.

Written by multi-award winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, Twelve Time He Spoke follows the journey of one man’s life reflected a selection of speeches and intimate moments in which one man chooses, or is chosen, to speak before a gathered group of others: his classmates, his teammates, friends, colleagues and strangers. The audience bears witness to his life in moments as he puts himself “on the public record”, to say the things that need to be said.

This is vital and engaging theatre. One that gets to the heart of the way men navigate their place in the world…..It’s the kind of work that makes you think of your father, brother, partner and the moments they’ve struggled to speak in public, and the moments they’ve overcome the terror because what they needed to say was more important than their fear.

Kath Melbourne

Reviewer, ARTSHUB

REGIONAL TASMANIA TOUR 9 – 24 November 2018
Kettering Community Hall, Moonah Arts Centre, Deloriane Little Theatre, paranaple arts centre – Deveonport, Stanley Town Hall, Palais Theatre – Franklin, Portland Memorial Hall – St Helens, Swansea Town Hall.

Performer: Guy Hooper
Playwright: Finegan Kruckemeyer
Director: Ben Winspear
Sound Designer: Heath Brown
Stage & Tour Manager: Adam ‘Gus’ Powers
Production Photography: Tony McKendrick
Producer: Blue Cow Theatre

“Vital and engaging theatre that gets to the heart of the pressure cooker of male violence and the toxicity of repressed emotions.”

Art Hub

Suitable for ages 16+
Contains adult themes and some strong language


Commissioned by Blue Cow Theatre, Tasmania Performs and Guy Hooper
A Blue Cow Theatre Production ~ premiered June 28 – July 7, 2018 Theatre Royal Backspace
A Tasmania Performs Regional Tour

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