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Trophy Boys by Emmanuelle Mattana



THEMES: Toxic Masculinity, Contemporary Feminism, Entitlement
LENGTH: 70 Minutes
SUITABLE FOR: Senior Years, Adults

Boys being boys. 


Trophy Boys by Emmanuelle Mattana uses queering, camp and drag as a playful and powerful tools to interrogate the well documented toxic masculinity, misogyny and homophobia of our ‘elite’ private boys schools.


It is the biggest night of Melbourne’s academic calendar, the Grand Finale of the Year 12 Interschool Debating Tournament. The boys from the elite St Imperium College are locked in a classroom for their short debate prep , arguing ‘that feminism has failed women’. But what begins as a riotously funny satire on insecure adolescent masculinity and the ego of Australia’s next generation of politicians quickly turns sour when news breaks that one of the boys has been anonymously accused of sexual assault.


Trophy Boys by Emmanuelle Mattana was first produced at the La Mama
Courthouse on December 4 — 6. 2022.

ISBN: 978-0-908156-91-7



Unit 3: Challenge (Theatre for Social Comment)

Students investigate dramatic styles that are united by social commentary, and that question their world and advocate change. They engage with the purposes of educating, challenging, empowering, and informing audiences. 



Unit D: Commentary (Commenting on Social Issues)

Students explore theatre practitioners and the commentary made in their works through viewing live productions. Through the study of the work of real-world practitioners, students explore theatre-making processes to build understanding of how drama comments on contemporary issues. 



Unit 1: Perspectives and Texts

Students explore individual and/or collective experiences and perspectives of the world through engaging with a variety of texts


Unit 3: Textual Connections

Students explore connections between texts by examining representations of the same concepts and issues in different texts. In doing so, they consider how the textual constructions of the same concepts and issues in different texts resonate, relate to, and clash with one another.



Unit 1: Fundamentals of Reason

Students will examine inductive and deductive reasoning and identify associated fallacies and shortcomings to assess an argument is to assess a truth claim.


Unit 3: Moral Philosophy

Students will investigate how moral issues can be understood and engaged with through a rational framework.


"★★★★★ Theatre lovers should rush to see Trophy Boys, the hilarious and devastating debut play from Emmanuelle Mattana… It’s astonishing to see a shoestring production from young indie theatre artists so secure and artistically complete. The script is powerful and ferociously intelligent; the performances witty and exuberant and, crucially, empathetic… Trophy Boys is a revelation. "

Cameron Woodhead, The Age , 2024

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