What’s in a Man? The performance

Performance on what it means to be a man today

About regelion, fatherhood, aggression, fundability, women, sex and intimacy. Based on person stories and with humor. 

In the contemporary play De Man Is Lam director and story teller Lucas De Man invites his audience in an exciting solo performance, full of film and audio fragments about the position of men in The Netherlands and Belgium.

Men are in crisis. They are slowly losing dominance within all layers of society. Men lead the polls in ADHD, drug abuse and early school dropouts. Men no longer constitute the majority of the work force. Woman have made an advance, which means men need to adapt. But how? 

Together with photographer / filmmaker Ahmet Polat, and radio journalist Rashif El Kaoui, Lucas got intrigued by this subject and started a journey to understand where we stand as men today in society. They started a search to what it means to be a men these days, bringing in their mixed cultures, interests and disciplines. They participated in both ‘an emancipation course for men’ as well as an ‘release your masculinity’ workshop. They had many conversations during get togethers with friends and strangers, scholars, psychologists, sexologists and feminists, teachers, sportsmen, auto mechanics, barbers and men of all walks of life. Over 180 men contributed to their project so far. 

All these men and experiences opened Lucas ayes and confused, touched an motivated him to tell the story, while Ahmet is showing it to you and Rashif makes your ears pop. You are very much invited to come along and take rollercoaster ride through the world of De Man.

From, by and with: Lucas De Man, Ahmet Polat, Rashif El Kaoui
Scenography: Pascal Leboucq | Project leader: Amber Bloos

This performance is part of the bigger project De Man Is Lam / What’s in a Man?. More information: www.demanislam.nl

De Man Is Lam wordt is co-produced by Het Zuidelijk Toneel and Stage-Z