Boys Don’t (2017 – present)

White Horse Road
20 Mar 2017 -
Age range: 8-12
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  • Half Moon Presents A Papertale Production
  • by Rosemary Harris
  • by Justin Coe, Hadiru Mahdi, Tanaka Mhishi and Steve Tasane

What’s a boy to do? From the playground to the classroom, from home to the uncharted waters of online, boys learn that displaying their feelings is a no-no. But what happens to emotion that can’t be let out?

Boys Don’t explores through spoken word what happens when boys show their feelings, written from real-life experiences of the male cast. Through a series of funny, familiar and sometimes heart-breaking stories of boys in the emotional spotlight, the show delivers insights into male experiences of growing up, and offers the possibility of more open communication for us all.

In partnership with Half Moon Theatre, and Apples and Snakes (South East), Boys Don’t features some of the UK’s leading poets and performers in repertory, including Justin Coe, Hadiru Mahdi, Tanaka Mhishi and Steve Tasane. It is the latest work from Papertale, following on from the Suitcase Trilogy of spoken word performances about migration for young audiences, directed by Rosemary Harris.

Boys Don’t was nominated for an Offie (Off West End Award) for Best Production for Young People Aged 8+.

Touring nationally as part of Half Moon Presents

Production photos

Cast List

  • Justin Coe
  • Hadiru Mahdi
  • Tanaka Mhishi
  • Steve Tasane

Creative Team

Brighton Festival Live Streaming

The live stream of Boys Don’t took place on Sunday 21 May at The Spire, as part of the Brighton Festival – filmed and Edited in partnership with Greater Brighton Metropolitan College.



Video extracts

R&D phase production gallery


Reviews, press and audience feedback


Press cuttings

Interview below with Rosemary Harris


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