Nicholas Hope’s newest play for Griffin Independent, Five Properties of Chainmale, is best appreciated with a little background reading, both on the play and the society that has created a need for it.
At the time of writing, a woman has been murdered every 81 hours in Australia this year. Women earn, on average, 76 cents for each dollar that men earn. A recent Reddit thread revealed shocking stories about early sexualisation of women. There are countless other statistics that could be quoted here to illustrate the fact that the modern concept of masculinity is broken in some way. Through five separate vignettes, Five Properties of Chainmale examines a number of flaws with contemporary masculinity. In the process, he opens our eyes to a culture laced with narcissism, misogyny, furtiveness and more.