Crossing the Boundaries of Gender, Race and Class
On Start the Week Kirsty Wark asks what it is to be a man, and to belong to a tribe. Thomas Page McBee has sought answers as he's transitioned from female to male, and explored how far the violent men of his youth are models of masculinity. Fatherhood and aggression take centre stage in Gary Owen's play, Killology, in which he's created a video game that allows players to live out their darkest fantasies. The poet Kayo Chingonyi moved to Britain when he was a child and in his debut collection he translates the rites of passage of his native Zambia to his new home. In the TV drama Ackley Bridge, filmmaker Penny Woolcock imagines a new school that throws together two communities, segregated along ethnic lines, in a fictional Yorkshire mill town.
Producer: Katy Hickman
Image: Missy (Poppy Lee Friar) and Nasreen (Amy Leigh Hickman) in Ackley Bridge on Channel 4 Photographer: Matt Squire.
Thomas Page McBee
Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man is published by
City Lights Books
His poetry collection Kumukanda is published by Chatto & Windus
Killology, co-produced with Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, is at the Royal Court in London from 25th May until 24th June.
Ackley Bridge on Channel 4 on Wednesdays at 8pm.
|Interviewed Guest||Thomas Page McBee|
|Interviewed Guest||Gary Owen|
|Interviewed Guest||Kayo Chingonyi|
|Interviewed Guest||Penny Woolcock|