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The PappyShow

Bursting with physical energy, tender reflection and playful improvisation. Laugh, celebrate and listen as these boys dive headfirst into their experiences of being young men of colour.

Weaving slick choreography and dialogue with a soundtrack of contemporary beats, this award-winning show celebrates male tenderness, silliness, vulnerability and community. Joyful, electric, unscripted and occasionally raw but always tender. BOYS was created by this 10-strong company to unravel preconceptions and uncover the endless possibilities of masculinity.

The PappyShow is an ensemble theatre company that creates space for people to dance, play and celebrate their authentic voice. BOYS was the winner of the Origins Outstanding New Work Award at VAULT Festival.

"We want to show the things about boys that you don’t always get to see. To challenge the things you think you already know. To celebrate the things that make us different and the same." The PappyShow


1 hour 10 mins, no interval

Age guidance 16+ (contains scenes of violence and themes of racism)

Thu 14 and Sat 23 April
Post-show talk (free to same-day ticket holders, BSL interpreted on Sat 23 April)

Thu 21 April
Relaxed performance
At the relaxed performance there will be a more relaxed approach to noise and movement in the auditorium.

Sat 23 April
BSL interpreted performance by Grace Buckle and post-show talk BSL interpreted by Jacqui Beckford.

Presented by the Barbican in association with Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Supported by Arts Council England


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No booking fee. Discounted tickets subject to availability.

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Discounted tickets subject to availability.

Wheelchair spaces, free companion seats may now be booked online. 
Please select the relevant preferences on the access registration page during your booking so we can provide you with the correct information and discounts. 

Booking a wheelchair space: Select a seat displaying the wheelchair user icon and then select wheelchair user ticket type. The ticket will be priced at the lowest price for that event. If you need an essential companion, please select the E icon next to the wheelchair space you have selected. 

Booking essential companion tickets: Please select at least two tickets and one of them will be automatically discounted to zero in the basket. 

Booking British Sign Language or Captioned Seats: Select seats in the area appropriate to your needs. 

Under 16
Save 50%. Proof of age required on collection.

Save 50% on Wednesday performances only. 

£12, subject to availability.

Groups can book at a 20% discount, subject to availability. Contact [email protected] to make a group booking.

Discounts are not available on lowest price tickets and are subject to availability. Discounts do not apply to associated talks, films or workshops. They cannot be combined to make greater savings.

*Excludes £3 booking fee



‘Disarmingly charming, the stage is awash not with testosterone, but with something more unexpected: love.‘
Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor
‘Beautiful … subverts myths and stereotypes of masculinity‘
Theatre Weekly
‘Breathtaking to watch‘
The Reviews Hub
‘As moving and truthful, as it is humorous and powerful‘
Exeunt Magazine

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