CYC + Hetain Patel: Oh Man

Using interviews with boys and men from across generations, CYC worked with artist and performer Hetain Patel to create a new piece that tries to free up our expectations of men as we strive for gender equality in this modern world.

The company’s stories are woven together with everyday movement and striking visuals, to create something that feels both familiar and provocative.

Think Grayson Perry meets Bruce Lee or Michael Jackson meets Stephen Hawking or Spiderman meets your dad. Or maybe don’t think at all.


Directed by Hetain Patel, Assistant Director Christopher Brown, Sound Design by Tom Leah (Werkha), Production Manager Alyssa Watt, Lead Artist David Judge, Producer Keisha Thompson, Show Technician Lynsey Akehurst

Special thanks to: Danny Fahey, Peter McMaster, James Monaghan (Sheepknuckle), Cristina Masters, Mark Parkinson, Ian Fellows, Mark Alexander, and all of the interviewees whose words helped shape the piece including participants from Hardcourt Bike Polo, Men in Sheds, Afro-Caribbean Care Group, Claremont Primary school, Salford Young Fathers Project and M13 Boys.

4 Stars

'Young performers deliver snapshots capturing the challenges and impacts of male behaviour in a fresh and brashly comic devised show'

Sanjoy Roy