Framed by the fallout from two violent deaths – the apparently inexplicable suicide of a young gay man,and the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich in May 2013 – Men in the Cities is a compelling piece of incendiary storytelling about harm and complicity.
From a working-class man nearing retirement who no longer knows whose side he’s on, to a ten-year-old boy cheerfully obsessed with pornography and American punk, Men in the Cities presents fractured snapshots of dozens of seemingly disconnected lives that together offer a challenging but radically humane portrait of how we live now.
Men in the Cities takes the gently seductive storytelling style of Chris’ previous solo shows like Kiss of Life (Fringe First, 2002) and The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley (2011) and subjects it to a controlled explosion. Blurring fiction and reality to create a complex, volatile, richly textured work, Men in the Cities is a risky but carefully crafted piece about the radical possibilities of hope and of change.
Written and performed by Chris Goode
Director – Wendy Hubbard
Designer – Naomi Dawson
Lighting Designer – Katharine Williams
A Chris Goode & Company production in association with the Royal Court
South Street Arts, Reading
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln
Tobacco Factory, Bristol
Royal Exchange, Manchester