Boys Don't

Boys Don't is a new spoken word show from Papertale, touring in 2017 in association with Half Moon Theatre and Apples and Snakes South East, funded by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England.

Boys Don't is about: what happens to boys when they cry, and how the responses they get shape them as they grow into men. The show features (in repertory): Justin Coe, Hadiru Mahdi, Tanaka Mhishi and Steve Tasane, spoken word artists who draw on their own experiences to look at personal, social and cultural issues that affect boys' ability to express their feelings. The show is targeted at mixed audiences, offering follow-on discussion and workshops exploring wider issues of gender role stereotyping and the impacts on all young people, as well as exploration of the spoken word/performance poetry artform. 

Directed and conceived by Rosemary Harris. 

Boys Don't is available for venue and audience bookings from Spring 2017.


Audience feedback

Yr 7 performance, St Leonards Academy:

  • It’s great and better than any other thing I have watched
  • It was amazing and very good
  • It’s good because boys don’t talk about their emotions. They are worried that people take the mickey

Yr 5 performance, Half Moon Theatre:

  • It was emotional and sent lots of good messages to everyone
  • I liked the rhyming words and the stories
  • It was good to learn about boys’ emotions
Scriptwriting session
In rehearsal
Performance at Half Moon Theatre

Tour Dates

Mar 20th 2016, 13:30 Half Moon, London
Mar 20th 2016, 16:30 Half Moon, London
Mar 21st 2016, 10:30 Half Moon, London
Mar 21st 2016, 13:30 Half Moon, London
Mar 22nd 2016, 10:30 Half Moon, London
Mar 22nd 2016, 13:30 Half Moon, London
Mar 23rd 2016, 16:30 Half Moon, London
Mar 23rd 2016, 19:00 Half Moon, London
Mar 24th 2016, 10:30 Half Moon, London
Mar 24th 2016, 13:30 Half Moon, London