Scottee grew up around strong, brave and violent men and boys. Bravado is his memoir of working class masculinity from 1991 to 1999 as seen by a sheep in wolfs clothing.
Bravado explores the graphic nature of maleness and the extent it will go to succeed. Blood, spit and tears are set against the drunken backdrop of aggressive sensitivity and Oasis songs.
This show is not for the weak hearted – it includes graphic accounts of violence, abuse, assault and sex.
“The effect is quite brilliant… A deeply moving piece that questions how we can change the all too often accepted norms of masculinity.” – Quiet Man Dave
“This is a visceral and vicious account of working class men at their most brutal and brutalised… The writing is a delight… The emotional pacing and the delicate attention to such brutal details are incredible.” – Live Art Alive
“I have never felt more uncomfortable being a woman at the theatre… The boys from the estate may still be bound by ‘brotherhood and bravado’ but even a man who positions himself in opposition to his gender cannot fully escape masculinity’s terrifying manifestations.” – Mancunion
“Unflinching honesty, humour and anger… a blistering portrait of destructive masculinity and male identity.” – The Stage
“A stunningly touching memoir of working class masculinity…deeply moving and strikingly intelligent theatre-making… might well be Scottee’s most impressive feat.” – Exeunt Magazine
Funded by Arts Council England, co-commissioned by Heart Of Glass and Made To Be Seen – supported by Creative Scene, The Creative People & Places Project for North Kirklees. Supported by Colchester Arts Centre and Metal Southend.
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Scottee’s work is often about outsiderness; race, sexuality, class, age and gender, creating spaces where the perceived underdog is celebrated, at the forefront and no longer ignorable – allowing for uncomfortable conversations to happen.
In 2010 Scottee won the title of Time Out Performer of the Year, his debut solo tour.
The Worst of Scottee won Total Theatre Award for Innovation in 2013 and in 2015 he was included on Independent’s Rainbow List as one of Britain’s most influential LGBTQI+ people.
Scottee is not easily definable; artist, troublemaker, loudmouth and attention seeker. His work is live, brash, clumsy and will often leave you a bit annoyed, overwhelmed but never impartial.
Scottee has gathered some blokes and their victims to talk about working class masculinity – and you’re invited to speak your mind after the performance on Fri 29 Sep. This is a tea-in-hand, gossip about what it is to be common, male and often aggressive.