Body Politic questions the stigmas around the mental health of men and boys through provocative hip hop theatre and dance
Combining poignant spoken word poetry with hip hop dance, Father Figurine explores the fractured relationship between a father and his son and their inability to healthily deal with a traumatic event. Will they be able to share their emotions with each other? Or will they fall into the statistic of nearly half of men believing they can’t express their feelings?
With the current climate of mental health discussion, Father Figurine talks about the fragilities and vulnerabilities in men and young boys. Figures show young people are affected disproportionately with over half of mental health problems, starting by the age of 14 and 75% by 18. Body Politic’s work isn’t just about raising awareness. It’s a fight to keep mental healthcare at the tip of our tongues and affect real change. Continuous change.
“Physical struggle dissolved into a closing moment of hope – but this was a profoundly visceral reflection of the damage wrought by suppressed emotions and masculine silence.”
“The failure of fathers has been handed down for generations… but his young son is already watching, learning by imitation, reaching out less, hardening. Father Figurine is a powerful show, profound, painful and full of empathy. Stereotypical ideas about masculinity and male behaviour are stubborn but it will be up to this generation to challenge them.”
Mark Aspen Reviews
“So important and powerful. Heart-gripping!”
Founded in Oxford in 2012, Body Politic creates thought-provoking and poignant hip hop theatre work addressing the needs and issues of young people. Their work targets young people and artists from priority groups including, Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, gender, young offenders, and those excluded from accessing
Running Time: 55 mins (no interval)Artist's Website
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