Bromance - Describes the complicated love and affection shared by two straight males.
Frodo and Sam (LotR)
JD and Turk (Scrubs)
House and Wilson (House)
Ted, Marshal, and Barney (How I Met Your Mother)
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Sherlock Holmes)
Felix and Oscar (The Odd Couple)
Joey and Chandler (Friends)
Spock and Kirk (Star Trek)
Howard and Raj (The Big Bang Theory)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
I Love You Man
“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” John Steinbeck took the title of his novel Of Mice and Menfrom a Robert Burns poem entitled ‘To A Mouse’. According to legend, Burns inspiration for the poem came after ploughing in the fields and accidentally destroying a mouse’s nest, which the mouse needed to survive the winter. Burns poem can be interpreted as ‘however hard we try, things often go wrong’. Burns suggests we are all at the mercy of random events and the differences that make us who we are. Whether we are small, tall, male, female, young or old, we have little or no control over our lives. Steinbeck’s story stays true to the same themes, with a strong moral message about people who feel different or vulnerable. Like Burns, Steinbeck shows compassion to his characters, many based on real people, who are met by cruelty and indifference because of their circumstances and who they are.
THIS PROJECT NEEDS YOU!Today, we still see many examples of people being isolated and discriminated against because of their circumstances and who they are. During the current financial crisis, we’ve seen attacks on the poorest in receipt of benefit allowance, as well as 744,000 people on zero-hour contracts. Meanwhile, in the current refugee crisis, people have been disparagingly described as cockroaches and swarms. Society has changed in many ways since Steinbeck wrote Of Mice and Men. We now live in an information age, where many connections are made or continued digitally online through ‘social media’. We have hundreds, even thousands, of online friends or followers. We use dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr, scanning and swiping for someone or something. There isn't even a need to speak to anybody when we buy our groeceries anymore (unless there's an unexpected item in your bagging area, which of course, there isn't!).
In this creative project, we want you to write a POEM or a short duologue ABOUT LONELINESS. You might be inspired to write about a character in Steinbeck’s novel. You may want to reflect on your own life or experience you’ve had, you may find inspiration from a friend or something you’ve seen on the news. We want you to write something honest but playful and from the heart. Although the theme is LONELINESS, we’re encouraging you to think about the many themes that relate to this in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men: friendship, isolation, innocence, freedom, justice, violence, prejudice, age, race, masculinity, femininity and vulnerability, economic hardship and the struggle to survive.
SHORTLIST — THE LONELINESS PROJECTAs part of the Of Mice and Mentour, we're asking you to think and write about the theme of loneliness. If you haven't seen project page so far, check it out here. Thank you to everyone who's already got involved, we've had a fantastic response and are now beginning to shortlist the poems. Don't worry if you haven't submitted yet, there's still time! During the duration of the tour, we'll be scouring over all submissions collectively. Each week, the Theatre Cloud team and Loneliness Project judges will be selecting three poems to send to the Of Mice and Men cast. The cast will then choose their favourite and one cast member will read that poem on camera from the theatre they are performing in that week of the tour. The readings are kindly filmed by the show's lovely Assistant Stage Manager and Understudy, Samantha Hopkins. The winning poem will be selected from the shortlist by our panel of judges, which we'll be announcing soon. Watch the shortlist so far and as it continues to grow as the tour continues below. You can check out the full tour schedulehere.
"Wait, what's a duologue?" A duologue is a play or part of a play with speaking roles for only two actors. We recommend keeping it at around 5 minutes in playing length.
THE DIFFERENCE BY ANGI HOLDEN
There’s being alone, and then there’s loneliness,
the two so different, not to be confused.
I have known each, and I can tell you this:
Alone I am relaxed. I am used
to my own company. I’m happy on my own,
content to find a quiet corner with a book,
or else a pad and pen and time enough to write
or paints or camera, and leisure to just look.
But if I’m lost among a crowd, a party say,
where no-one speaks to me, then loneliness can bite.
Sometimes, in a group of friends, the feeling comes
of being vulnerable, insubstantial, slight.
It seems as if my presence now is barely apparent
as if I don’t exist, that I’ve become transparent.