After the successes of ‘Macho’ sold out premiere in 2016 and the 2018 North East regional tour, The company was awarded funding in 2021 by Arts Council England to create a new ground-breaking dance film.
Featuring two male dancers, Macho digital is sculpted around real men’s stories and explores why and how society fails to adequately address men’s mental health problems and the stigma surrounding men’s vulnerabilities and emotional wellbeing.
Michael has successfully transcended Macho from stage to screen with his first film debut ‘Macho digital’ in which he directed and produced achieving national and international claim winning a Merit of awareness award from the Awareness film festival in LA, Semi Finalist in the Berlin Shorts Award and achieving both finalist and Nominee awards at the British Short Film Awards in categories for Best British Director Michael Heatley, Best Cinematography Jonathan Ackley and Best Long Short Macho digital.
Director: Michael John Heatley
Director of Photography: Jonathan Ackley
Dancers: Jackson Watson & Jordan McGowan
Image credit: Centre Stage Photography
Expect a digital theatre journey exploring 21st century masculinity and the stigma surrounding men's vulnerabilities and emotional wellbeing.
Our aim is to share our work with audiences online by raising awareness of people’s silent struggles through dance and enable them to share it with the people in their lives.