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 wolf’s 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.
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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Bravado is an astonishing show. It's an open wound that bleeds painful truths... an unsparing dissection of male identity – of its tribalism, insecurity and oppression.
A stunningly touching memoir of working class masculinity... deeply moving and strikingly intelligent theatre-making... might well be Scottee's most impressive feat.