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By Jarrod• 24 Feb 2015
Massive Company’s The Brave is an intense, funny, heart-rending and joyful exploration of manhood, inspired by the real-life experiences of the eight-strong cast. A collection of vignettes, rather than an overarching narrative, it nevertheless coalesces into a cohesive whole.
Theatre isn’t exactly short of men’s stories; notwithstanding that, The Brave still manages to bring something new to the genre: a modern New Zealand take on manhood, both the positive aspects, and the toxic ones.
The short, personal monologues at its core are broken up by impressive works of physical theatre, dance and music - the cast truly shines when their voices rise together in song. There’s no set to speak of, and no costume changes - instead, lighting and audio cues are used to great effect.
The Brave’s first season was in Auckland in 2012; this is the show’s first trip to Wellington, and it features the original devising cast. If the reaction of the audience on opening night was anything to go by, it will no doubt receive a warm reception on its upcoming Hawaiian tour.
The Brave (Massive Company)