Thu 9 –⁠ Sun 12 May, 3pm & 7.45pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Performance & dance
From £20
past event
past event
Two actors stand on stage one in a brown suit holding a shot gun as the second stands behind looking into the distance
Ste Murray

“Inspired interrogation of 'the great male artist'”

The Stage

Speaking truth to power has never been so much fun: Masterclass is a hilarious performance putting gender and privilege under the spotlight.

Following an award-winning international tour, globally renowned Irish theatre company Brokentalkers and acclaimed New York-based artist Adrienne Truscott bring their subversive, savage wit to this long-awaited London premiere.

Masterclass parodies the ‘great male artist’ to within an inch of his life in order to uncover some difficult truths about power and patriarchy, with Truscott appearing as a laughably macho Hemingway-esque playwright giving a masterclass in condescension.

It’s fun; it’s familiar; there are wigs. But something more is at play.

Masterclass won The Scotsman’s Fringe First Award in 2022.

Masterclass is kindly supported by Culture Ireland, with additional funding from the Arts Council of Ireland. Masterclass is a co-production with Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Mermaid Arts Centre.


Feidlim Cannon, Gary Keegan and Adrienne Truscott writers
Rachel Bergin creative producer
Eddie Kay movement director
Sarah Foley costume design
Dara Hoban lighting design
Ellen Kirk set design
Jennifer O’Malley sound design


“powerful and mesmerising”

The Times

“A stunning dissection of patriarchy, privilege and performance”

The List
Adrienne Truscott as a playwright and Feidlim Cannon as an interviewer standing next to each other, holding books
Ste Murray

Need to know

The event on Fri 10 May is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

To book tickets for BSL interpretation, email [email protected] or call us on 020 3879 9555.

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A post-show talk takes place on Friday 10 May.

Contains strong language and themes of an adult nature.

Dates & times

Thu 9 –⁠ Fri 10 May, 7.45pm

Sat 11 May, 3pm & 7.45pm

Sun 12 May, 3pm


  • Standard entryFrom £20*
  • Concessions25%**

* Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

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Purcell Room

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Open 90 minutes before an event until the end of the event. Closed at all other times.

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Get an overview of the seating layout of the Purcell Room by downloading our seating plan.

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An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. Please visit the Welcome Desk on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, where a member of staff can provide you with the key. You can also use the phone next to the Changing Places toilet to speak to a member of staff. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.


The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the venues, so please leave large bags at home.

We're cash-free

Please note that we're unable to accept cash payments across our site. 

Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

Please bear with us while we update our access map to reflect the refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall’s Level 2 foyer spaces. The step-free routes remain the same.

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