The BLOKES Project

“a truly beautiful and thought provoking performance” Councillor Steve Toms

show review here

ABC Radio National interview here



The BLOKES Project includes a new dance work (performed on a shipping container, researched with family & community elders in their truck yards, sheds & vehicles). Detoxifying Australian masculinity and its embodied myths, truths and stereotypes. Exposing where our inherited cultural narrative serves us and where it hurts us, as individuals and as a community.


co-creators Joshua Thomson and Matt Cornell


In an age of toxic masculinity, we turn the critical lens on ourselves to build a new narrative of how to be a BLOKE. We rehearse and develop the show in a public space in the week leading up to performance, in costume, on and in a side opening 20ft shipping container. And we engage those interested in discussion around the culture and what they would suggest for dealing with it through the show.


Southbank performance season documentation video here


The creative team:


The BLOKES Project has presented at Flowstate, received support from The Australia Council for the Arts, Darwin Festival 2013 and 2014, Performing Lines NSWFrankston Arts Centre and Critical Path.


making-of trailer:


making-of images:



we also had an online showing in 2016 while in the research room at Critical Path – link

and made a video installation called 4×4 Duet

and bonus video below talking about the project at the BOLD festival 2017:


Blokes – What’s it About



social media:



with hashtags including:
broadcast media:

bayside news – link

ABC Radio National The Hub – link

peninsular radio – link

4rph post show interview – link

FBi Radio – Agenda interview:

ABC RN radio interview:


ABC NT radio interview:

🤔 Friday night @the_fac #blokesproject #dance #free #showing

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  1. 13feb2018 … Holy shit, just heard the man on RN, boy did he hit the mark, you meet a lot of people but cant count on many of them. And dance is so much fun, but so hard in front of others when you were born in 1961 and grew up living up to macho standards. Good on you guys. Cheers, Ron

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