VicBears will tackle body image issues in its first-ever theatrical production being staged as part of this year’s Midsumma festival.

Described as a story of sex, self-worth and body image, Man Boobs follows Spence (Phil Webster), a man who has spent the last 20 years struggling to cope with the burden of a painful memory, and Marty (Raymond Lee) a man who has developed feelings for Spence.

The show is the pilot production produced under VicBears’ ARTicle II Initiative, a project offering support and resources to artists to produce Bear-inclusive pieces.

“VicBears is always looking for new ways to engage with our community with the issues that matter to them – it only makes sense to provide a platform for their stories to be told,” VicBears arts coordinator and Man Boobs director Jack Chapman said.

“Whether it is trying to find comfort in your own skin, or loving someone who doesn’t love themselves, many people within our community will identify with the characters and the themes presented in the play.”

The production is supported by the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre, with all profits from ticket sales donated to the Country Awareness Network Victoria.

INFO: Man Boobs will run January 19-21 at Kerynia Cafe (level 2. 354 Smith Street, Collingwood). Book online at or

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