Two Man Show

You went to see a show about masculinity and patriarchy?

….. Yes, it’s the new show from Rash Dash.

Why did you go to see that?

….. They’re important issues.  Maybe people need to talk about them more.

But we’re fine, aren’t we?

….. Are we?

I think so.  Well, I don’t know.  If I’m honest, sometimes I’m not quite sure where I fit in the new world.

….. And that’s what they talk about.

How do they do that?

….. Abbi and Helen play two women who play two men who have to deal with their male dynamics when their father dies.

And that’s it?

….. Well no, they argue that the patriarchal society has evolved a language that is more attuned to expressing male emotions, so they also use non-verbal means.  Music, songs, physical theatre and dance.

That’s starting to sound confusing.

….. It works very well.  The dialogue demonstrates how men are finding it hard to understand their role in the changing world.  The dance gives the piece texture and highlights the difference between how men and women interact.  And there is a brilliant piece in the middle where an artist poses his female model, who doesn’t always want to just look good for others.  It adds historical context.

And I suppose they argue that women are superior.

….. No.  They don’t.  They say that everyone struggles with their identity in this new world.  Men and women.  They argue for a more equal world where men can be men and women can be women, but on equal terms.  Men don’t have to become women and women don’t have to become men.  We just need to change the patriarchy, to give men and women equal but perhaps still different voices.

I suppose they want us to stop using ‘he’ and ‘man’ all the time?

….. Yes.  And their arguments are well balanced and engaging.  They make you think.  And the whole show has this amazing energy.

Maybe I need to see that.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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