We spoke to Eddie from The Pappy Show about their show about masculinity, Boys. At Silent Faces we made A Clown Show About Rain from a really personal place, it explores us and our reality, so it was great to talk to another company bringing work to VAULT that takes the companies lived experience and places the questions that arise on stage. Read on for Eddies short but poignant responses to our questions...
What drove you to make Boys?
BOYS came about when we began to question what constitutes being a ‘man’ and the usual preconceptions of what it means to be one. We then found that these preconceptions are often applied to men of colour, and that in making assumptions, all the complexities that contribute to the ‘manhood’ of these men are ignored. We set out to make a show which explored what it really means to be a man.
Who is Boys for?
BOYS is for everyone! We think that anyone who comes to the show will be able to take something away, be that about themselves or others close to them.
What’s the most important thing that theatre should be/do/have?
Theatre should make you feel something. It needs to evoke something inside you - anger, nostalgia, a fighting spirit etc… No one wants to be bored!
What theatre ‘turn offs’ do you have?
Boring, stuffy re-workings of the same narratives. Shows which are made purely for a ‘high-brow intellectual’ audience. Phones in audiences too!
What was the last show that moved you to action?
The Fall (Baxter Theatre Company), Royal Court
The Brothers Size, Young Vic
What shows at VAULT are you looking forward to?
The Quantum Physics of My Heart
Boys is on at 19.30 from the 7-11 at VAULT with a matinee on saturday!