Private: Boys Don’t

Show Details

Dates: Mon 20 - Fri 24 Mar
Times: Mon 1.30pm & 4.30pm / Tue 10.30am & 1.30pm / Wed 10.30am & 1.30pm / Thu 4.30pm & 7pm / Fri 10.30am & 1.30pm
Running Time: 50 mins
Age Range: 8-12 (schools years 5-8)


Half Moon presents

Boys Don't
a Papertale production in association with Apples and Snakes (South East)


What’s a boy to do?

From the playground to the classroom, from home to the uncharted waters of online, boys learn that displaying their feelings is a no-no. But what happens to emotion that can’t be let out?

Boys Don’t explores through spoken word what happens when boys show their feelings, written from real-life experiences of the diverse male cast. Through a series of funny, familiar and sometimes heart-breaking stories of boys in the emotional spotlight, the show delivers insights into male experiences of growing up, and offers the possibility of more open communication for us all.

In partnership with Half Moon Theatre, and Apples and Snakes (South East), Boys Don’t features some of the UK’s leading poets and performers in repertory, including Justin Coe, Hadiru Mahdi, Tanaka Mhishi and Steve Tasane. It is the latest work from Papertale, following on from the Suitcase Trilogy of spoken word performances about migration for young audiences, directed by Rosemary Harris.

“Better than any other thing I have ever watched. It’s good because boys don’t talk about their emotions. They are worried that people take the mickey.”
(Yr 7, St Leonards Academy, Hastings)

“I liked the rhyming words and the stories and even when the boy was crying everyone still liked him the way he was. It shows how boys feel.”
(Yr 5, Lansbury Lawrence Primary, London)

At additional cost, these performances are supported by a poetry workshop package for schools (Years 5-8) exploring young people’s emotional literacy through creative writing and performance. The workshops are tailored to the needs of the particular school, and supported by online resources. This programme is suitable for both boys and girls. Please contact us for more information: