We need to work out why men are being violent at an individual level. To do this we need to get to know abusive men.
Any time it seemed like I was choosing a way out, it would be about standing behind the discomfort … We’re trying to be activists here, we’re into social change, so we have to go darker and deeper.
Tristan: A Song for the Superior Man is a new play by Chenoeh Miller asking what it means to be a good man, and it finds its answers in the voices of her own cast.
“Funnily enough, after opening up, I felt more empowered as a man than I have ever felt in my life. Facing fear and overcoming it led to a strength I did not know I had.”
“You bring these guys to a certain level of awareness and they go, I never had any idea. You’re damn right you didn’t have an idea. You didn’t need an idea. You’re only here because you can’t see your kids any more.”
Jacob Boehme is a choreographer, dancer and writer from the Narangga and Kaurna nations of South Australia, whose work dissects the politics of being gay, Blak and HIV positive.
“Someone said when you do good work you meet good people, and that’s the best thing about this job. I lived in my comfort zone for 35 years and I couldn’t advocate leaving it strongly enough.”