OF BOYS AND MEN – the men of shadows is a raw and authentic disability-led dance-theatre production exploring themes of disability and identity.

Now in its third stage of artistic development, the production brings together Australian male dancers – Lorcan Hopper, Kayah Guenther, Max McAuley, Zakaria Ghomri and Joshua Campton, in collaboration with director Paul Gazzola, designer Gaelle Mellis and composer DJTR!P. The process providing an opportunity for these young men to work with a team of leading SA arts professionals in the creation of a unique disability-led dance theatre work. The project traverses the performers own experiences and unravels what it means to them as young men living in today’s world with a disability.

The reaffirming and positive impacts OF BOYS AND MEN (the men of shadows), are vast and the commitment from its entire team is one of unity and collective development.

Of Boys and Men builds on the existing connections the four dancers established during Catalyst/ Accessible Arts residencies in Sydney in 2015 and 2016. This project supports them in the further development of their careers as young and emerging artists and creates a platform to develop a unique work referencing their own personal experiences.

Full length documentation of 2021 showing

Previous documentation



2018 – 21

Artists Involved

Project Partners

This project is supported by Arts South Australia through the Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability program, The Government of SA Arts Recovery Fund, The Australia Council for the Arts, the Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE program, Goodwood Theatre and Studios, Oratunga Arts Residencies and OSCA – Open Space Contemporary Arts. Special thanks to Access2arts, Carclew and all the parents and carers.

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Our mission is to provide artists and non-artists with opportunities to create contemporary works that explore local ideas and new way of coming together in the public domain.

OSCA acknowledges we work on Kaurna Land – always was, always will be.

OSCA is funded by Arts South Australia. We also receive project support from the Australia Council, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Country Arts SA and the City of Onkaparinga.