BOYS LIKE US
As two queer men growing up in a very troubled Belfast, we found our experience of male identity very contrasting to what we saw around us. Boys Like Us is a personal insight into our version of male. Using our expertise of circus technicality alongside our closeknit companionship, we expand upon the traditional ideals of male friendship in order to expand and show there is more than the binary.
"Why don't men hold each other's hands? Holding someone's hand is a sign of care and
affection, like a mother to a child or husband to a wife, and yet why don't I see men holding
each other's hands? At what age along childhood do
boys stop holding each other's hands? At what point does it become not okay? At what point
does holding hands become socially unacceptable?Somehow it shows femininity, queerness, WEAKNESS.
And yet, we hold hands.
We are not a romantic couple.
We are not romantically together,
We are best friends.
We hold hands."
What a lad.
The more formal 'No-homo'. Gentle everyday placemarkers made in conversation, in order to maintain each others position as two amicable friends. God forbid people assumed you were gay.
We found to experience these ladisms ridiculous. We never felt like 'Bro's' or 'Lads' and so, have found the entire language of "Ladisms" absurd.
What is a lad?
Can we be lads?
Can we be authentically ourselves as lads?
Currently pursuing residencies
Selected for the Island Connects Program
08/2021 - Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Limerick (IE)
09/2021 - This is a Domino Project, Zagreb (HZ)