BOYS by Eleanor Bishop

Available online across Term Two
Mon 2 May – Fri 8 July

BOOK NOW to stream the production to your school classroom. 

BOYS by Eleanor Bishop, adapted from Greg McGee’s Foreskin’s Lament, was first performed and recorded in 2017's Here & Now Festival. Now we offer a free education package including the high-quality recording.

About the Play

Foreskin's Lament  is our state-of-the-nation play about masculinity in Aotearoa. In BOYS, using contemporary material, a group of sixteen young people from Auckland took New Zealand's iconic locker room play and asked "what has changed since 1980?" Or more importantly, "what hasn't?"

“The most important work on that stage? … BOYS. Deconstructing Foreskin’s Lament (which put the boot into rugby’s toxic masculinity in the 80s), the cast decisively tackled this country’s contemporary rape culture. Playing over just one weekend, it deserved to run for weeks.” — Metro Magazine, Best of Auckland 2017

  • Duration: 85 minutes
  • Tags: #YoungAdult #Drama #Feminist #Social #Sport #Contemporary #NewZealand
  • Restrictions: Contains frequent use of strong language and descriptions of sexual violence. Discretion advised. Recommended for ages 15+, yrs. 12-13.
  • Themes/content: Feminism. Locker room talk. Toxic masculinity, misogyny, and rape culture. Sport. Healthy relationships. New Zealand Society.
  • Drama connections: New Zealand Theatre, Political theatre, Feminist theatre, Deconstruction and adaptation, Meta theatricality. Revising stories. Documentary.

Digital Classroom Package

BOYS Education Pack
Written by BOYS writer and co-director, Eleanor Bishop. 
Includes: plot synopsis, timecodes and notes on key elements of the performance and production design
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BOYS Show Programme
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Lesson Plans
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Foreskin’s Lament Education Pack
From the 1999 Auckland Theatre Company Production
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BOYS Script
Available from Playmarket
VIEW SCRIPT

Production Photos
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BOYS TheatreScenes Review
READ REVIEW

Eleanor Bishop Interview with Kim Hill
LISTEN TO INTERVIEW

More information and research on Eleanor Bishop’s website
FIND OUT MORE

Zoom workshops
To apply for Zoom workshops or to view the recorded production please apply below
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Teacher's Briefing
Find out more about BOYS and work alongside our teaching artists to unpack the play for your students.
WATCH THE TEACHERS' BRIEFING
WHAT TO EXPECT

Meet the Makers

Drama NZ Reaching the Edges presents Meet the Makers Zoom Forum. Join writer and co-director Eleanor Bishop, and actor Matthew Kereama for Meet the Makers on Thursday 5th May 4.00 - 5.00pm.

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