“The point is not for women simply to take power out of men’s hands, since that wouldn’t change anything about the world. It’s a question precisely of destroying that notion of power.”
– Simone de Beauvoir
Men are in crisis. They don’t know how to be men anymore; they don’t even know what it means to be a man anymore. Now they are desperately trying to find the answer. Countless books, films, documentaries and articles have appeared, all trying to tell you how to live like a man and what a man is. So here is another voice in the crowd.
The important questions will be answered…
What are the core values that a man should hold dear? Is manhood a choice? How does a man waltz?
In this solo performance one man expresses his various, sometimes contradictory opinions on how to be a man, gathered through careful research and generalised assumption. These are interspersed with personal stories gathered from interviews with members of the public and extracts from the various self-help books as well social clichés and famous quotes about men. Not all of what he says is what he thinks and not all of what he says is true.
There is an apology to be made however. This show will fail, but that’s ok, it’s meant to.
Created with support from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, Ovalhouse and Contact Theatre.
“This is challenging, thought-provoking, poignant and sometimes sad… Jon M Coleman delivers his message earnestly, with gusto, with conviction. He is a confident and likeable performer and very engaging; he makes you listen. He’s a top man.” – John Wood (North West End)
“His advocation for feminist and queer theory showed research, and he managed to cover the tricky terrain in a tongue-in-cheek manner… a delight to see someone so passionate about such a serious topic.” – Rae Coppola (Quays News)
Writer/Performer – Jon M Coleman
Director – Josh Coates & Paper People Theatre
Set Designer – Simone Romaniuk
The development of the show as well as my personal journey can followed in my Blog. Specific entries that are important to me are; The Why of How to be a Man, The Quiet Crisis and How to be a Man but not How to be a Man.
If you’re interested to know more about the performance, it’s technical specifications and artists involved, have a look at the HTBAM Info Pack