Benched

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Date
Wed 10th Apr 2024 - Thu 11th Apr 2024
Venue
J3 (Unreserved Seating)
Time
7:30 PM
Price
Pay What You Feel (suggested £15)
Age
Ages 14+
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Presented by Tink Flaherty

Why do we treat strangers better than our friends and family? 

Since 2018, Tink has been taking their bench out to public locations across the country and inviting strangers to sit with them, in a quest to find authentic forms of connection. 

Benched is a unique exploration of human relationships – the formative and defining ones with those close to us, and the incidental meetings with strangers that stop us in our tracks. Through their unique style of transgentle storytelling, Tink demonstrates the radical and transformative power of offering undivided attention. At once raw and impulsive, confrontational and gentle, Benched confronts intersecting issues of class, gender, neurodivergence and marginalisation, expanding performance tropes and challenging compulsory neuronormativity. 

Prepare for a tender, spontaneous and uncompromising insight into Tink’s world, told through mementos, stories and improvised exchanges.

Tink is a loving parent, trained advocate and performance artist. They make bold and provocative work exploring their disability, class, queerness, neurodiversity and Irish traveller heritage. Centring connectivity and radical inclusivity, Tink is deeply committed to creating work that is accessible and engaging, for traditional and non-traditional audiences.


“It was gorgeously funny and moving, performed with real joy and poignancy, drawing you into profoundly human stories – which affirmed the importance of connection and community.”
Lara Tysseling, Theatre Producer, The Yard Theatre 

“Tink’s performance work is a crucial addition to the growing number of practices exploring neurodiversity…They are unabashed and explicit in revealing their struggles and desires, whilst demonstrating a rigorous yet instinctive understanding of how to care for audiences and collaborators. I am honestly dead excited to see how Tink’s work develops and hope they get all the support necessary to push themselves forward.”
Dr. Daniel Oliver, Department of Drama, Queen Mary University of London 

“I thought it was wonderful. The work felt truthful, full of energy, and celebratory. I can’t wait to see what Tink does next.”
David Johnson, Relationship Manager, Theatre, Arts Council England


Warning: The performance refers to themes of alcoholism, violence and drugs. There will be sealed alcohol and prescription medications in the space. There are moments of loud sound during the performance.

Participation is optional and the start of the show, the performer explains where you can sit if you do not want to participate. 

Suitable for ages 14+. Under 16’s accompanied by an adult.

Duration: 60 minutes 

This performance is live captioned 

photo credit: Christa Holka  

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Date
Wed 10th Apr 2024
Time
7:30 PM
Price
Pay What You Feel (suggested £15)
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Date
Thu 11th Apr 2024
Time
7:30 PM
Price
Pay What You Feel (suggested £15)
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This show is Unreserved Seating