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Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble

Project Description

BOY is a Community Cultural Development project exploring masculinity, male identity and homophobia, taking a very real look at what it is to be a boy. The 60-minute production examines the lives, identities, joys, difficulties and realities of being a young male. Who do we identify as? What do we identify as male? What is masculine behaviour? The labels we are given and the boxes we squeeze ourselves into challenge our very core at times, just to make ourselves fit. To not stand out, to be accepted, to be seen as ‘normal'.

BOY plays with identity. Acknowledging diversity and promoting acceptance and tolerance of those who are different from ourselves. It encourages us to explore and explode stereotypes, to see beyond the surface of who we really are and what we want to be. BOY challenges the ways we accept people that are outside our comfort zone, giving freedom of voice to expel the negative baggage of male stereotypes, providing insight into the unspoken and very individual realities of boys.

BOY begins to shatter the binding nature of homophobia, not to give it any greater power but to expose its destructive nature. Homophobia is a way of thinking that has become so present in our everyday lives. BOY asks its audience to question their own behavior, to identify their own connection and maybe… to bring about change in the future.

Jasyn Walsh as Poofta Boy and Cain Cooke as Play Boy in SYTE's BOY

Jasyn Walsh as Poofta Boy and Cain Cooke as Play Boy in SYTE's BOY

Individual

Estelle Muspratt

Location

urban South Australia

Arts Practice

theatre, music,

Participants

youth, gay-lesbian, general, Youth workers

Issues Addressed

Identity, Masculinity, Homophobia, violence mental health, self esteem, stereotypes and social inclusion

Artists involved

Director: Alyson 'daisy' Brown, Writer: Jason Sweeney, Designer: Dean Hills, Composer: Nick O'Connor, Lighting Designer: Celena Hayward, Evaluator: Emma George, Schools Liason: Estelle Muspratt

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Commencement

2003

Status

current

Submitted

October 2003

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