Foto: Gary Birney

People are awful

Joseph Kearney
di 9 apr en wo 10 apr

#For English see below

Soms grappig, soms bizar, soms ontroerend. Joseph onderzoekt fouten uit het verleden, roekeloos gedrag, spontane catastrofes en opzettelijke zelfbeschadiging om uit te zoeken waarom mensen zo vreselijk zijn.

Grappige en opbeurende verhalen over dingen die niet altijd grappig en opbeurend zijn. Een donkere komedie over seks, drugs, klote mensen, verslaving, exen en dode moeders, en poppen. Een verzameling van persoonlijke verhalen wordt verkend door middel van experimentele verteltechnieken die je zullen doen lachen, huilen en kokhalzen. Mijn lijken komen me halen! Het recht om te antwoorden grijpend, zullen mensen die hij bespreekt en de lijken in de kast ook hun kant van het verhaal te vertellen.


Sometimes funny, sometime bizarre and sometimes touching Joseph revisits past mistakes, reckless behaviour, spontaneous catastrophes and premeditated self-harm to uncover why people are so awful,
including him.

Funny and uplifting accounts about things that are not always funny and uplifting. A dark comedy about sex, drugs, shitty people, addiction, exes, dead mothers, and puppets. People are Awful is a collection of personal stories explored through experimental storytelling techniques that will make you laugh, cry, and gag. You will hear my version of events, but the named individuals will have the right to respond, and you will hear what they have to say on stage for the first time with me!

What a great show, the speed and the detail, the playfullness and the heaviness in the stories

Farnoosh Faria, director Amsterdam Fringe


Text & performance Joseph Kearney
Directed by Brandon Oelofse
Produced by Backlash Media Production

Meer over de makers

Joseph is originally from Ireland, but he moved to the Netherlands 10 years ago. Before moving here, he had lived in Dublin for about 10 years, and there he had dated and fallen in love with some interesting characters. He also has worked quite a bit in the gay scene of Amsterdam, working at bars, clubs, and cafes. At some point in his journey, he also realized he was struggling with substance abuse and addictive behaviors, and he was lucky that in Amsterdam, there was a lot of support and help for people like him. The play covers both periods of his life his time in Dublin and his time in Amsterdam. Joseph earned his stripes and trained in the art of storytelling during his time with Mezrab, the home of storytelling. Joseph is building his life here in the Netherlands, his permanent home.