Boys - New Diorama Theatre

Tuesday 6 November 2018

Off-West End - Shows

Nine men of colour share stories about growing up in London, in a celebration of manhood, far removed from toxic masculinity, in a piece of movement-driven visual theatre.
Boys at New Diorama Theatre

Image: New Diorama Theatre

The PappyShow will bring their first ever full-length production, the award-winning BOYS, to New Diorama Theatre from 27 November to 1 December.

In an era where toxic masculinity is the dominant narrative of the male experience, BOYS explores and celebrates diverse experiences of manhood centred on the stories of nine men of colour growing up in London; their ancestry, their present lives and their hopes for the future.

A joyful, fascinating and socially revelatory look at what it means to be a man in 2018, BOYS subverts the myths and stereotypes of the masculine experience (particularly that of young men of colour) with a combination of beautiful, playful movement-driven visual theatre, powerful and humorous direct address storytelling, and joyous interactive play.  

Here's the trailer ...

The PappyShow was founded by Kane Husbands in 2013 and the company specialises in training and workshops in movement, choreography, and the use of games and free play to create theatre.

This perspective and range of skills has created a unique style of performance.

Kane Husbands choreographed the London 2012 Olympics Team Welcome Ceremonies in conjunction with the National Youth Theatre, where they still run workshops presently.

BOYS was first performed at the 2018 VAULT Festival where it won the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work, and went on to perform to great acclaim at Latitude 2018.

Some cast members change every time the show is performed, with the personal nature of the material performed meaning that each production of the show is different from the last.

The common thread is that each version of BOYS is devised and performed by an ensemble whose communities, families and heritage span the entire world, creating a joyful and tender dance that uncovers the endless possibilities which make up a man.


The way we move. The way we talk. The way we think.

We want to show you the things about boys that you never get to see.

From our tenderness to our silliness, our strength to our vulnerability, from the way we walk, to the pitch of our voice, Boys is a celebration of manhood.

We'll show you stories of our brothers, best friends, parents and lovers.


Production: The Pappy Show


New Diorama Theatre
15-16 Triton Street
Regents Place


From: Tuesday 27 November 2018

Closed: Saturday 1 December 2018


Standard: £15

Concessions: £3 (Job Seekers Allowance)


Show website
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