The Fatherhood Project
Simply put, The Fatherhood Project is about fathers. It’s about challenging preconceptions. About extended interactions between diverse individuals within the same, local community. It’s about reflecting on a common theme and facilitating a space for fathers to explore, challenge, and build.
“Participating in Fatherhood was a big insight into
my own fatherhood and that of other fathers.” – Peter
The role of the father is undergoing a massive shift. While some individuals within a given community are embracing a more flexible and less gendered expression of fatherhood, many more still cast a man in the normative and restricted understanding of fatherhood: emotionally absent, a provider, an adjudicator.
Fathers have found themselves isolated within a community, with very few social outlets for reflecting on their fatherhood and masculinity. Typically, there is little social support for a father to expand the definition of his role.
“It was empowering to have a platform to speak openly about my history and
being a father… I really appreciated my kids being able to see me
involved in something that related to them.” – Bram
This is where Live Others’ Fatherhood Project begins. We are interested in exploring a community’s understanding of fatherhood and masculinity. We are interested in inter-generational relationships. We want to understand the conflicts and parallels between different cultures’ expressions of fatherhood. Our goal is to create a diverse and supportive community of fathers through local and cross-cultural theatre-making.
This is achieved by facilitating the space for men from various backgrounds to interact with each other in an insightful and personal way during a series of workshops. It is confirmed by the relationships formed during the process and the collaborative performance which a cast of fathers eventually delivers on stage.
“I learned loads, met some amazing people and understood the
benefits of theatre. It can influence both the actors and people
watching by conveying messages that are meaningful.” – Zack