You the Man

A theatre-based program for bystander engagement and violence prevention

Violence against women is a significant public health problem, as well as a fundamental violation of women's human rights. The most recent estimates of the scale of the problem provided by WHO (2013) are that overall, 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. Changing social norms is a key component in achieving effective prevention of violence (WHO 2010), and the potentially important role that bystanders can play has been increasingly identified (Flood 2011).

Make an enquiry about available dates for a 'You the Man' performance in your community.

The You the Man program can form an important component of a local strategy for violence prevention by focussing on bystander engagement and violence prevention. The program consists of a 30-35 minute play about dating violence and sexual assault plus a moderated post-performance panel discussion. The script of the play remains unchanged from performance to performance, but the format of the post-performance discussion is tailored to the local setting, circumstances, and other violence prevention activities happening locally. When delivered in a specific community, panel members present for this discussion are drawn from local support agencies, and the discussion serves to introduce people to the local resources that are available. 


The program has been in use in Victoria since 2013, and has been successfully implemented in schools, universities, sporting clubs and workplaces across the state. It was a finalist in the prestigious Victorian Health Promotion Foundation awards in 2014, in the category 'Building health through arts'.

To download further information about the program click here.

To enquire about making a booking to bring You the Man into your community, email

You the Man was written by Cathy Plourde. Produced with permission of Cathy Plourde and Add Verb Productions under license to Deakin University.

Australian Creative Team:  Virginia Murray, Ann Taket and Patrick Van Der Werf

Australian Director: Suzanne Chaundy

You the Man is performed by Chris Asimos, Glenn Maynard or John Shearman


Flood, M. (2011) 'Involving men in efforts to end violence against women and children', Men and Masculinities, 14(3): 358-377.

WHO (2010) Preventing intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women. Taking action and generating evidence, Geneva: World Health Organization.

WHO (2013) Global and regional estimates of violence against women: prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and nonpartner sexual violence, Geneva: World Health Organization.

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