WE ARE HERE is a social sculpture project that seeks to foster an environment where the arts can impact social conditions, attitudes, perceptions and structures.
To facilitate community dialogue that encourages a nurturing environment that assists men and boys in constructive engagement with complex identities and roles in society.
WE ARE HERE is comprised of the following:
• A Theatrical Production
• Community Workshops
• We Are Here (WAH) Ambassadors (Community Catalyst)
Workshop/Performances of WE ARE HERE
University of the Witwatersrand/Drama For Life(Johannesburg,SA) 2014
The Midnight Projects at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2013
The Performing the World Conference( New York);dir. Kelly Thomas 2012
SEASONS: One Act Play Festival(ATH-New York) 2011
The Impact HUB Johannesburg 2011
Space.com/Joburg Theatre (Johannesburg,SA) ;dir. Warona Seane 2010
Tour - Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.(Fulbright awardee) 2009
The MenEngage Africa Symposium; dir. Lindiwe Matshikiza 2009
A Theatrical Production
WE ARE HERE was originally written as a one-man play by Antonio David Lyons. The script consists of sixteen sketches that express the diversity of male voices specifically in the context of gender engagement and within the issue of woman and child abuse. The scenes explore a variety of issues and themes from a distinctly male perspective: the politics of dating in feminist/post-feminist South Africa; concern for a female friend in an abusive situation; a father’s distress and anger over the rape of his daughter; a young father’s words of guidance to his son; among others.
The workshops are directed at men and boys with the aim of facilitating interactive and congenial learning, healing and growth. We are currently conducting workshops in collaboration with TX Theatre Productions in Tembisa, a township of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Leaders and role models within communities who embody the WAH philosophy and share our message with their respective constituencies and areas of influence.
PROJECT COORDINATORS: REFILWE NKOMO & ANTONIO LYONS