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On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Mark Tatham about his new work Man Up which is part of the line up at this year’s WITS So Solo Festival.
MAN UP is about life, masculinity and how it is embodied in men today told through the life of Brian Mitchell and his bittersweet success as a South African street workout champion. His life lived primarily in a gym materialises through the rendering of the hilarious characters who have peopled his world, memories and anecdotal stories that invite us to interrogate what makes a man?
He visits his gym late one night where we witness feats of his strength and greatest weaknesses as he searches for answers in a world rapidly leaving him behind, a world where strength is not what it used to be. His life unfolds as memories: sports matches in school, crazy experiences with girls and how his friends and family have shaped him into the athlete and man he is now. But what does it mean to be a ‘man’ in 2017?
Man Up unpacks the social dynamics of the gym culture: where does it fit into normal life and why is it a totally different world?
Listen to Renos’ interview with playwright and actor Mark Tatham here:
Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8am to 11am