A celebration of Manhood.
What do we feel, what do we show, what do you see?
We are throwing ourselves headfirst into exploring this question; with a cast of young men of colour, sharing their stories, their experiences, their hopes.
We want to show the things about boys that you don’t always get to see.
We want to challenge the things we think we already know.
We want to celebrate the things that make us different and the same.
From our tenderness to our silliness, our strength to our vulnerability from the way we walk to the pitch of our voice. We are young men whose communities, families and heritage span the entire world.
We will show you stories of our brothers, best friends, parents and lovers. This is our joyful and tender dance that hopes to unravel preconceptions and uncover the endless possibilities that can make up a man.
The PappyShow started five years ago when Kane Husbands, Artistic Director, brought a group of actors together to start his own physical theatre training workshops. As the Movement Director for many projects, including the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games for the National Youth Theatre, he had years of experience and wanted to create his own work. Since then the company has focused on training, both for the ever increasing company and the wider acting community, offering weekly open workshops as well as weekend intensive courses.
Over the past two years, these classes have reached more than 600 young people. The company has also been involved with community projects such as council-led events at The SCOOP (London Bridge) where they make a show with around 50 local school children a year.
Other theatre outreach work includes regular collaboration with the Tricycle Theatre, who has used the company to create movement for their shows. Most recently, the National Theatre invited the company to be part of their Space to Create Festival, where they made a show in a week with their young performers. ‘Boys’ has also had interest from Hackney Empire, and our sister project devoted to female relationships, has been commissioned for Southbank Centre and further performance in Iceland.
As performers, The PappyShow most recently created and performed the movement for a masque at Knowsley Hall with Sir Julian Fellowes as part of the project to create The Globe up North.
After years building a training and ensemble company we are now ready to bring our inaugural piece of work to its first audience at VAULT Festival.