Conversation Cafe: Music and Masculinity


Theatre makers, Neal Pike & Matt Miller are making a new show about music, masculinity and hero worship. And want to meet you!

They are hosting Conversation Cafes in Leicester and Newcastle, informal story swapping workshops, on the themes of the show.


Neal Pike is using his extensive music collection to explore his difficult relationship with masculinity. It will probably involve live music, acedotes and poetry. (It’s early days).

To make the show, Neal and his long term collaborator Matt Miller will be artists in residence at Attenborough Arts Centre. While in Leicester they are hoping to meet people and hear about their relationship to music and masculinity. (Hope this is you).


The Conversation Cafe is an opportunity to swap anecdotes. Participants are invited to respond to prompts laid out on the table which explore the themes of the show, and to think of an anecdote or anecdotes raised by one or more of those prompts.

Participants are then asked to share these anecdotes in small groups before returning to a whole group sharing and swapping of stories. Crucially, the tone of the Conversation Cafe never demands that stories be anything in particular. They can, and have been, personal and revealing or flippant and whimsical, or both. The Conversation Cafe is a non-pressured environment which facilitates people getting to know people they may not have met before and talk about subjects they may not have talked about before.

The Conversation Cafe was initially designed and developed by Peader Kirk and Matt Miller as part of their show ‘Sticking’ in 2016.


17:30 – 19:30, 31st May 2019
The Shed, 5 Yeoman Street, LE1 1UT

17:30 – 19:30, 10th June 2019 – BSL interpreted
Cumberland Arms, James Pl St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LD 

If you are interested please just drop in!

Teas, coffee and snacks provided.

Supported by Arts Council England and In Good Company. With thanks to The Shed and The Cumberland Arms.