Restoke want men from all walks of life to take part in Man Up, a ground-breaking project looking at mental health and masculinity.

From the football terrace to the garden shed, the boardroom to the choir, Man Up offers the chance to see your ideas and experiences brought to life in a landmark performance event.

You can engage in any way you like, through one-on-one interviews, workshops, or offering practical skills. Spoken word, poetry, illustration, music, art, or a knockout on the dance-floor, there is a role for you in Man Up.

To date we have held two open meetings and two creative taster sessions, introducing the artistic team and our vision for Man Up. We have also been holding 1-1 conversations about the themes, and visiting workplaces in Stoke-on-trent. 

The next opportunity to get involved is through Man Up Creating Days. The first of these will be on the 21st and 22nd April. More information will be released soon, to join our Man Up mailing list email us: 

If travel costs are an issue for anyone please let us know, as we want to make it possible for everyone who would like to attend. 

Man Up will culminate in a performance between 22nd and 26th August 2018, informed by and performed by the men who take part. 

Read more in a Sentinel article HERE

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March 2018 - The project so far - Man Up Taster Sessions

On 1st February and 3rd March we held our Man Up Taster Sessions at the New Vic Theatre. Lead by the Man Up Creative Team over 40 men participated in movement, music and spoken word over the two sessions- for many, a new experience, one that involved stepping out of their comfort zone. 

Artist Rob Pointon, documented the workshop through a series of illustrations.  Below and left are some examples of his work. 

Follow on opportunities:

The Taster Sessions provided opportunities for participants to try-out some of the Man Up artforms with no further commitment required. The following sessions, "Creating Days" will mark the start of the co-creative process - taking all that has been gathered so far via 1-2-1 interviews, meetings and taster workshops to inform what will eventually become the Man Up performance.

It's not too late to be involved:

If you would like to take part in Man Up as a performer, backstage, or through volunteering at the performances, please register your interest here: