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Critically acclaimed #JustMen production shines light on toxic masculinity

18 July 2019 1:50 PM
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Women abuse
Baxter Theatre
#JustMen
Director Heinrich Reisenhofer and actor Peter Christians say it tells stories of men's experiences of gender-based violence.

Are men doing enough to tackle the scourge of violence against women and children?

Following the overwhelming success of #JustMen last year, the second installment takes this urgent conversation to the next level.

The Baxter Theatre Centre’s Golden Arrow Studio will host a limited season of the production from 17 July to 3 August.

To discuss this gritty and well-produced show, Refilwe Moloto chats to director Heinrich Reisenhofer and actor Peter Christians.

The format came out of my own work because I had stepped away from theatre and went into facilitation work. The production really is a bringing together of the theatre space and the process space where the work happens. It was really about trying to bring the two worlds together so that people can have a public experience of what the process work looks like.

Heinrich Reisenhofer, Directer - #JustMen

Christians says he was inspired to be open about toxic masculinity after he attended an alternative to violence programme whilst serving time at Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison.

That is where my journey started. AVP deals with giving men in prison tools to deal with conflict resolution. And to use those tools instead of resorting to violence.

Peter Christians, Actor

The show is an attempt to heed the critical need for action against the abuse of women and change this frightening reality as it tackles the problem head-on.

The production also stars Loukmaan Adams and Thando Doni who through their stories highlight incidents where they have observed gender-based violence.

For more info on the show and bookings click here.

Listen below to this conversation about #JustMen production:


18 July 2019 1:50 PM
Tags:
Women abuse
Baxter Theatre
#JustMen

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