What Does He Need? audio piece

The What Does He Need? audio piece tells the story of a fictional boy from the day of his birth to early adulthood. Throughout his young life, the boy is confronted by a series of situations, weaving between themes of empathy, power, the suppression of vulnerability, violence, mental health, pornography and suicide. The audio piece is intended to explore societal expectations placed on boys and men, and how learned behaviours are perpetuated, particularly by the influence of other men. While this 30 minute audio could be listened to anywhere, the artists invited the public to listen to the piece while walking or seated outdoors in their own local area, connecting the narrative of the audio with the listeners’ own lived experiences and observations.

Listen to the first minute here:

Written by Fiona Whelan and Brokentalkers
Sound Design by Denis Clohessy
Performed by Feidlim Cannon
Copyright Fiona Whelan and Brokentalkers, 2021

Through a partnership with The LAB gallery, this audio piece was presented online in May/ June 2021, along side the What Does He Need? public poster project.

What do you think he needs? Share your thoughts here.



The What Does He Need? audio piece emerges from a phase of work supported by the Arts Council, Dublin City Council, The LAB Gallery, Project Arts Centre and Rialto Youth Project. The development stage of this work was supported via a Brokentalkers residency through Create/Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) and ‘the lives we live’ Grangegorman Public Art and an invited residency for Fiona Whelan at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Drawing by Fiona Whelan