As part of our masculinities series, A Blush of Boys contrasts the experiences of two adult men with two boys from St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre. Two boys aged eight and twelve discuss how they feel about growing up, alongside actor and performer Paul Capsis and author Tony Birch.
Former journalist and politician Maxine McKew hosts this wide-ranging discussion about what advice boys of yesteryear found most useful while they were growing up and what pressures the boys of today are facing.
Presented in partnership with St Martins Youth Arts Centre.
What does it mean to be a man – or a boy – in the 21st century? How far have we come in shedding the macho expectations of the past … and to what extent do we still perform our gender roles on a daily basis? Do we still believe that boys are made of slugs and snails and puppy dogs’ tails, or that real men don’t eat quiche? This insightful series explores masculinity through talk, performance and across the generations.
Maxine McKew’s career spans both politics and journalism. She is currently a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow with the University of Melbourne and works as an advisor on education for the not-for-profit group Social Ventures Australia. She is also Chair of Playgroup Australia and a member of the board of Per Capita.
Will is 11 years old. He loves Star Wars and is a master at writing comics; he feels playing Minecraft with his sister has bought them closer together.
Baptiste is ten years old. He is interested in many different things like space, Lego, pop culture and graphic novels.
Paul Capsis is a playwright, performer, actor and singer.
Tony Birch is the author of the acclaimed novel, Blood (UQP 2011), shortlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Award. He has also published widely as a short fiction writer. (rodneyvc)