Alpha Who?, created and performed by Matt Franco, explores what it means to be a man today at this year’s Camden Fringe, where it runs for three performances only from 7 to 9 August 2019 at London’s Cockpit Theatre. Time to get booking!
Part theatre, part dance and part visual art installation, a brave and honest solo performance, inspired by the writer’s own personal experiences.
Every week, 84 men take their own lives in the UK. This statistic reflects how today’s modern society is struggling to define masculinity. After generations of masculine repression, men are now expected to be able to share their feelings and be vulnerable. But how do they know how to share?
Delving into the reasons behind the silent mental health crisis men are experiencing today, creator Matt Franco explores gender identity, vulnerability, emotionality and the binary restrictions of feminine and masculine ideals. As we meet the ‘Truthful Self’, the ‘Control Freak’, the ‘Laid Back Guy’, the ‘Invasive Avoider’ and the ‘Child’, Alpha Who? explores what other beings live inside us as we are taken on a journey to battle the cultural pressures to conform.
Writer and performer Matt Franco comments:
“I created Alpha Who? with the hope of helping young men to deal with their unspoken vulnerability, under the pressure of aged stereotypes of our Western society. After too many people around me felt suicidal, I needed to explore why and how this modern disease is affecting us like never before.”
The Matt Franco Collective brings together multicultural, multilingual and multidisciplinary international artists to create work high-quality work and multi-layered stories that connect with a global audience.
— Alpha Who? | 7-9 Aug 7pm | Cockpit | #CamdenFringe (@_MattFranco_) July 24, 2019
Alpha Who? is a collaboration between a London-trained Italian actor, a Polish composer, a Scottish director, a Berlin-based Italian set designer, sculptor and painter, and an English voice coach.
The production is directed by Gail Sixsmith, with scenography by Saverio Tonoli, voice work by Jonathan Dawes, music composition by Sabio Janiak, sound by Matt Franco and Sabio Janiak, lighting by Sixsmith, Franco and Tonoli, and costumes by Ginevra Angiuli.
As part of this year’s Camden Fringe, Alpha Who? runs from 7 to 8 August 2019 at the Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH, with performances at 7pm. Tickets are priced £12.00. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
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