"Urgent and necessary." - The Stage★★★★
When Mark is mugged on the way to college, his reality is shattered. This life-changing event forces him to confront some of his deepest issues. On his journey towards healing he realises that interrogating his connection to masculinity might be key to finding a way forwards. For Mark being a boy has meant closing up when it comes to processing complex emotion. However, through reassembling himself, Mark starts to get a sharper image of the person he wants to be. Boys Cry explores self-image, maturity, life after trauma and definitions of manhood.
Boys Cry is a play in monologue form, which straddles the line between traditional theatre and spoken-word. It was written to interrogate some of hegemonic norms we’ve come to accept about gender and look for ways to overcome certain toxic aspects of masculinity. In our current socio-political environment, the public are more ready than ever to engage in new dialogues about sex and gender; Which makes it the perfect time to be staging the type of theatre that doesn’t yield straightforward answers. Instead, its aim is to inspire conversations that will last long after the play is over.
Christian Graham is an actor/writer based in South London. He is an alumnus of The Soho Theatre Writer's Labs, Hightide Academy and Orange Tree Theatre Writers Collective. Originally, he came to acting through Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation and weekend performance classes at BRIT School. Realising he needed to make performance more central, he joined the National Youth Theatre and never looked back. Christian has performed at The White Bear [Hong Kong City], The Arcola Theatre [Miniaturists] and Hampstead Theatre [Heat and Light Company].
Ebenezer is the Carne deputy director of Jermyn Street Theatre and a resident director at the Almeida. Recent credits include ‘Two Horsemen’ (JST) and ‘Six Artists In Search of a Play’ (Almeida). He also also made work for venues including CPT, Battersea Arts Centre, The Hampstead Theatre and the Omnibus.
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