People Are Awful

Joseph Kearney

Theater de Roode Bioscoop

02 Sep.

Friday

20:15-21:00

03 Sep.

Saturday

20:15-21:00

07 Sep.

Wednesday

19:00-19:45

08 Sep.

Thursday

19:00-19:45

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. A collection of personal stories explored through experimental storytelling techniques that will make you laugh, cry, and gag. My skeletons are coming to get me! Given the right to reply, the people he calls out, and the skeletons in the closet get to tell their story too.

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. A collection of personal stories explored through experimental storytelling techniques that will make you laugh, cry, and gag. My skeletons are coming to get me! Given the right to reply, the people he calls out, and the skeletons in the closet get to tell their story too.
Sometimes funny, sometimes bizarre and sometimes touching, Joseph revisits past mistakes, reckless behaviour, spontaneous catastrophes and premeditated self-harm to uncover why people are so awful.

"My whole life I thought I was awful, and I couldn't understand why other people were so shitty to me, until one day I realised - people are awful, and you know what? That is brilliant!"

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About the artist

Joseph Kearney is an Irish actor and writer. In Dublin, he wrote as a cultural journalist for Totally Dublin, The Dubliner, Le Cool, GCN, and presented Ireland’s first gay television show. He has worked at Ireland’s National Theatre, The Abbey. In a former life, he ran an improv comedy troupe in Panti bar.

Joseph studied performance arts at the Liberties College in Dublin before moving to Wolverhampton to complete a bachelor’s in Drama. He has two Masters, one in Journalism and a second in Dramatherapy. A lifelong storyteller he has performed in pubs and clubs across Dublin and Amsterdam. Mezrab is his second home where he is often found hosting and or telling stories. Joseph has recently taken up comedy and headlined the Utrecht International Comedy Festival.
Director and Producer

Brandon Oelofse is a multi-award-winning South African writer and filmmaker. He has been nominated for and had work selected at the Cannes Film Festival, the Academy Awards, and the South African Film Awards (SAFTAs), among others.

He has directed television shows, advertisements, short films, documentaries, and new media content, and is well recognized in South Africa for his work as a music video and advertising director. Tough Sunday, his creative firm, worked with companies like BMW, DeBeers, and Unilever.

Media Online, his production company, created television programs for DSTV (Africa’s largest digital network) and MTV Networks. Brandon has directed over 200 music videos for well-known worldwide acts. He graduated from AFDA, The South African School of Motion Picture, with a master’s degree in narrative film-making.

Brandon and Joseph are co-founders of Backlash Media.

Brandon Oelofse
Director and Producer

Backlash Media Productions
Founded in 2022, Backlash media productions is a media and production company based in Amsterdam. Focusing on LGBTQ+ stories and bringing these to life on the screen and stage.