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Three To See 2019: Men And Masculinity

By | Published on Thursday 1 August 2019

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three shows about men and masculinity.

Daniel Audritt: Better Man | Just The Tonic At The Caves | 1-25 Aug (pictured)
After all that pesky womanhood focused stuff, I suppose it’s only fair to shine a spotlight on shows with men and maleness as central themes. I’m starting in the comedy section, with a show that I suspect will be funny, but also has pertinent points to make about love, relationships, modern masculinity and what it takes to be a good guy. It’s Daniel Audritt’s debut hour here at the old edfringe, but that doesn’t mean he’s remotely new to the world of comedy: the director and co-writer of Comedy Central’s ‘Modern Horror Stories’, he’s also written for the likes of ‘Mock the Week’, ‘The News Quiz’, ‘Dead Ringers’ and ‘NewsJack’. Listing here.

Mighty | Pleasance Courtyard | 31 Jul-16 Aug
You might think I’ve made a mistake including this one in the masculinity section, because this TED-talk-meets-theatre piece has its primary focus on people’s prejudices with regard to height, and whether or not we should be taking ‘heightism’ more seriously. It’s clear that masculinity is very much a part of the issue that’s under discussion here, though, as Jack AG Britton tackles body image and mental health while telling his true story in a show that’s (almost) got it all – comedy, live music and spoken word. Listing here.

Eshaan Akbar Infidel-ity | Gilded Balloon Teviot | 31 Jul-26 Aug
And so to our final man-focused tip, and if you’re looking for a show (and who knows, maybe you really are) that tackles masculinity head on, deals with some serious issues, but is also the work of a funny fast-rising comedian, then this is very probably the show for you. “What does it take to be a man these days? After #MeToo, incel attacks and man buns, Eshaan Akbar explores masculinity and his relationship with men, women and himself. Love and loss can teach you a lot about who you actually are”. See, I told you. Perfect. Listing here.

Photo: Adrian Tauss