Men's Health Awareness Month 2021

Men’s Health Awareness Month 2021

In recognising the need for time to be given to fostering better men’s health, ALRA’s Men’s Wellness Working Group provides a forum for men in the ALRA community to share and support one another in a progressive way, free from the trappings of the toxicity and tropes assigned to patriarchal ideas of what it is to be a man.  Matters such as mental health, physical health, wellness and allyship are discussed.

ALRA’s latest production of Growth by Luke Norris explored themes of masculinity in relation to health, and how health issues can be put aside in the name of being a ‘man’.

Growth was first produced by Paines Plough in their pop-up theatre, Roundabout, at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it won a Fringe First Award. It subsequently toured the UK.

George Richmond-Scott, Head of Live and Recorded Performance at ALRA (South), said:

“Gary Sefton directed the ALRA production and beautifully brought out the comedy and game playing of the story whilst encouraging the students to layer the humour over the deeply felt pain and pressure men experience to be ‘alright’ and appear successful even when struggling with physical and mental health. The result was a production that was often laugh out loud funny but also moving and honest about the challenges young men face right now. I came away thinking about how much the world needs to change to allow all of us to express what we’re truly thinking and feeling about the important stuff without bottling it up or always turning it into a joke.”

Academy of Live and Recorded Arts