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The PappyShow

Bursting with physical energy, tender reflection and playful improvisation. Laugh, celebrate and listen as these boys dive headfirst into their experiences of being young men of colour.

Weaving slick choreography and dialogue with a soundtrack of contemporary beats, this award-winning show celebrates male tenderness, silliness, vulnerability and community. Joyful, electric, unscripted and occasionally raw but always tender. BOYS was created by this 10-strong company to unravel preconceptions and uncover the endless possibilities of masculinity.

The PappyShow is an ensemble theatre company that creates space for people to dance, play and celebrate their authentic voice. BOYS was the winner of the Origins Outstanding New Work Award at VAULT Festival.

"We want to show the things about boys that you don’t always get to see. To challenge the things you think you already know. To celebrate the things that make us different and the same." The PappyShow


1 hour 10 mins, no interval

Age guidance 16+ (contains strong language, scenes of violence and themes of racism)

Thu 14 and Sat 23 April
Post-show talk (free to same-day ticket holders, BSL interpreted on Sat 23 April)

Thu 21 April
Relaxed performance
At the relaxed performance there will be a more relaxed approach to noise and movement in the auditorium.

Sat 23 April
BSL interpreted performance by Grace Buckle and post-show talk BSL interpreted by Jacqui Beckford.

Presented by the Barbican in association with Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Supported by Arts Council England




‘A show like no other... Joyous and life-affirming‘
The Reviews Hub
‘Disarmingly charming, the stage is awash not with testosterone, but with something more unexpected: love.‘
Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor
‘Beautiful … subverts myths and stereotypes of masculinity‘
Theatre Weekly
‘As moving and truthful, as it is humorous and powerful‘
Exeunt Magazine

Relaxed performance

How is this performance Relaxed?

A Relaxed performance is ideal for those who would benefit from a more informal approach to noise and movement in the auditorium, or would feel more at ease knowing they could enter and exit freely. 

For this production:

  • The house will be opened early to allow you more time to find your seats.
  • A member of the Front of House team will lead a pre-show welcome talk.
  • The Front of House team are briefed on providing an more informal service and relaxing the standards in regard to audience behaviour during the performance.
  • Latecomer and re-admittance points will be relaxed to allow people to leave and re-enter the auditorium more freely. 
  • The foyer space is available with comfortable seating if you need some quiet time.
  • The house lights will remain slightly raised to during the performance to ensure your safety if you need to move about.
  • Auditorium doors will be kept open during the performance to assist you in entering and exiting the theatre during the performance.
  • Some seats are kept off-sale so you can move around during the performance more freely (within reason and managed by the Front of House team).
  • The performers are briefed about Relaxed performances, and know that you may need to move around and make noise.

This performance has not been sensory adapted. Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss further before making a booking.  A visual story can be provided to support your visit.  To request a visual story or ask any questions contact the Theatre team at [email protected] or 020 7638 4141 extn 7215.

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