About the show: Dave Pickering takes us on a personal journey through gender as he tries to explain masculinity both to you and to himself. Part true storytelling, part TED talk and part apology, the show looks at how the patriarchy hurts men too; how the patriarchy has hurt him, and how he has hurt people because of patriarchy. Drawing on an anonymous survey of 1000 men, feminist theory, internet memes and his life experience, Dave will explain the conclusions he Read More ...
The run I did of the #ManSurvey show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 was a powerful experience. I wrote a show report every day on facebook and if you want to read that and the posts other people made about the show look under the #ManSurvey hasthtag on facebook.
I have collected the responses and endorsements of the show that came out on twitter and some other audience feedback in this storify.
You can hear the start of the show recorded at the London preview on this podcast and you can hear an early work-in-progress section on this podcast. I’ll be announcing a London performance of the show very soon and I’m also arranging to do it in other parts of the UK. If you are interested in putting it on please don’t hesitate to contact me.
The show received a 5 Star review and two 4 Star reviews:
Every now and then a show comes along that just punches you right in the emotional gut.
Dave Pickering take a deeply honest and vulnerable look at male gender politics. This is not for the faint-hearted. It covers patriarchy, bullying, sexual abuse, rape, misogyny, misandry and is transparent in its dealing of these subjects.
Throughout everything Dave weaves his own tale of surviving patriarchy and the cost to himself and others hes known. At times funny and endearing, this was part-lecture part-therapy and I cant imagine anyone walking out of it and not being changed a little.
This isn’t just a cobbled-together vaguely-themed gimmick of a show, regardless of the flip chart. This is an educational, thought-provoking wake-up call not just to men but to everyone.
Although researched to an almost painstaking degree, and written and structured with a lot of love, Pickering doesn’t pretend to have all the answers, or that his show will somehow cure the world of its ills. Instead it’s an exploration of an idea, and insight into a side of the human state that receives little attention. It was passionately and engagingly delivered, and he even gives references for further reading on the topic – a first for me at a Fringe show.
During the performance Pickering certainly doesn’t shy away from the big issues – there’s talk of rape, emotional abuse, bullying and more. But it’s not spouted in a preachy or melodramatic way – it’s a simple recount of some very personal experiences from his own life, mixed with responses from the survey, and weaved together with some very intelligent discussion and line of questioning.”
I feel the content of carries great social importance for people of all sexes and ages, and this is a very entertaining and enlightening way to spend an hour. I urge you to see this show.
Pickering, in the spoken word corner, takes on the task of “mansplaining masculinity” to his audiences. His material is both ridiculous and dark, always informative and often heartrending. The show is both autobiographical and the product of an anonymous survey in which Pickering asked men about their thoughts on masculinity and the patriarchy. As such, it sometimes has the feel of a PHD viva. In the best possible way.