Benched by Tink Flaherty

Location: The Simpson Memorial Hall (361 Moston Ln, Manchester M40 9NB)

Date: Wednesday 22nd May

Time: 7:30 – 8:30pm

Duration: 1 hr

Access Information

  • BSL interpreted 
  • Ear defenders, ear plugs and fidget toys available. 
  • Wheelchair accessible 

With support from Manchester Deaf Centre.

Image Credit: Christa Holka


Tink brings Benched to SICK festival to ask, ‘why do we treat strangers better than our friends and family?’. Over the past 6 years, Tink has been taking their bench out into the public across the country and inviting strangers to sit with them, in a quest to find authentic forms of connection.

Through their unique blend of confrontational and gentle storytelling, Tink shows the radical and transformative power of offering undivided attention. Prepare for a tender, spontaneous and uncompromising insight into Tink’s world, told through mementos, stories and off-the-cuff exchanges.

Benched confronts issues of class, gender, neurodivergence and marginalisation to challenge compulsory ‘neuronormativity’.

Artist Bio:

Tink Flaherty is a performance artist, loving parent and trained advocate making bold and provocative work, exploring their disability, class, queerness, neurodiversity and their Irish Traveller heritage.

Centering radical inclusivity, Tink is committed to making accessible and engaging work focusing on connectivity, for both traditional and non-traditional audiences.

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