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Kicking off the Griffin program for 2013 is a show that is sure to pack a punch. It follows three journeys of men exploring their masculinity. There’s a boxer fighting to atone for his sins, a young orca trainer who has a brush with death and a dog fighter dealing with his potential impotency.

Based on short stories by Craig Davidson, this 80-minute play was adapted by award-winning playwright Caleb Lewis.

Directing is Adelaide-based Corey McMahon who describes the show as dark, fun and human. “As one of three boys, I grew up in a very masculine environment,” he says. “So [masculinity] has always been present in my life and I think that’s why I keep coming back to it.”

“Quite often society expects men to be a certain type or act in a certain way – to be strong, brave and powerful and we’re not like that. We are just as vulnerable and sensitive as the opposite sex and that’s what is really strong about this piece.”

Audiences are in for a thrilling night and an acting tour de force, with the three actors playing 30 different characters. But what most excites McMahon is the script’s balance of dark themes and biting black humour.

Jan 9-Feb 2, Griffin SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross, 9361 3817 griffintheatre.com.au