Theatre (new writing, contemporary)

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Everyone says that boys are easier to look after than girls when they’re teenagers. Manhood is a coming-of-age play which follows the story of sixteen-year-old boy Ben and his dog Otto on his journey to find Manhood. With an absent father figure, Ben seeks the answers to becoming a man. However, it isn’t easy when his father is behind closed doors after a crime he committed 10 years ago. Will Ben realise that he doesn’t need a father figure on his journey? Or will he still see his dad as a hero?

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: If not taking the lift there is a large flight to 1st floor of hotel then a further 4 steps to venue. Alternatively the building lift can be taken to the first floor and then a platform lift can be used instead of the 4 further steps.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
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Adrian Hancock 7 days ago

I endorse everything below: great acting, super script, thought provoking. Altogether, wonderful.

Michael Stone 7 days ago

This is such a treat. Tender, funny, moving, beautifully played and with a central performance so real, believable and touching, it brought a tear to my eye.

Ian 10 days ago

Manhood is a true and yet promising representation of young boys today! Kelly’s outstanding writing allows us to uncover two different representations of men within a whole 45 minute fringe show

As the title says the show explores the themes of Manhood. While this show is a coming of age story about a boy and his dog. It is also a beautiful understanding of how not all boys are hyper masculine. Duval (Ben) timed portray of Ben Is a beauty within! Additionally Cosiminis (Tyler) addish banterous character allows us to discover two moving and heart aching characters.

While this show explores the life of a boy. We have 3 astonishing performances from Wilkinson (Freya), Roberts (Jennifer) and Walter (Bella). From Wilkinson’s amazing youthful and comedic timing I felt I was watching a teenage rom com most of the time. To Roberts heart warming performance as a protective mother. Finally, Walters wheeling her way through the scenes stealing every moment of comedy in the show from stroppy teenager to adolescent child.

Even though Duval is at the forefront of the production. The rest of the cast shine and excel like no other. Kelly creates such rounded characters like no other. Kelly has a talent when it comes to writing about young people.

And we can’t forget the amazing puppetry skills from the cast. Creating such a believable and thoughtful character of OTTO. Aurora Theatre Arts Co have created such a humours and powerful piece of theatre and it’s something to be seen!

As a man who grew up without a father this show was a beautiful story to tell about those who struggled on their journey to Manhood

Rebecca Taylorson 11 days ago

Manhood is an astonishing show which has a heart aching story within it.

Kelly’s writing takes you on a emotional rollercoaster with laughter and tears. Manhood explores the story of a young boy Ben played by Ryan Duval. Ryan Duval character developed is a work of art and is a true asset to the show. However for me the star of the show is the mother character. Jennifer character isn’t an easy one the handle dealing with such strong themes of parenting, loss and mystery. Dealing with the pressures of looki after two children Ben and Bella who are both struggling with different elements in their lives. Jennifer sometimes can be seen as the villain of the story with her cold approach to Bens father being in prison. The cold mystery which is shown in a powerful argument scene between Tallulah Roberts and Ryan Duval. Roberts acting is astonishing, as a mother myself I was so touched by the story portrayed!

The show lends itself to explore the themes of men’s mental health. Another stand out moment was Cosimini’s character who is a perfect example of a heteronormative boy talking about his feelings and it been okay! His comedic character who then opens up about the pressures he is facing in life is a beautiful and yet moving story line to be mirrored against Duval absent father story line

I would recommend this show to everyone at Fringe! Kelly’s is a name to keep an eye out for! His technique to create such believe and rounded characters is a true asset to him and his training.


Debbie Harris 12 days ago

A really sweet, but also funny and emotional play. Very impressed to learn that it was created by university student. Some very excellent acting from some very promising young people who I think captured teenagerhood perfectly. Having been one and having raised one, it was lovely to see both sides told from mother and son. Would highly recommend . Debbie x

Matthew Franey 13 days ago

A gem of a play and a gem of a performance from Ryan Duval, who plays the lead in this new 45-minute work from Leeds-based writer/director Dec Kelly. Manhood is, as the name suggests, a ‘coming of age’ story centred around Ben, a 16-year old struggling to make the leap from teen to adult; a boy literally in search of Manhood.

Kelly’s five-parter shows remarkable sensitivity to the adolescent confusion and struggles of a young family torn apart a decade ago by a seminal event. Kelly’s teenage characters (male and female) display humour, pathos, adolescent angst and smile-inducing friendship.

Beautifully cast, Manhood is a smart and sensitive interpretation of one teenage boy’s struggles to become a man. The show is great, Ryan Duval is sensational. Go see it. It might just be the best 45 minutes of your Fringe.

Karin Donneger 13 days ago

This was a real gem; an empathetic and searching exploration of one boy’s journey to adulthood with all its complexities and singular issues. I really appreciated the honesty of the main protagonist’s feelings which felt ‘real’ as opposed to the often toxic ideals boys are meant to aspire to. The acting is really moving but clever comedic dialogue lifts the mood when needed.

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