John Thorpe (BA Hons) graduated from a degree in Media and Cultural Studies. His wife and mother of his 3 children had mental health issues (who he supported) suddenly died 2 days before his youngest daughter’s 2nd birthday. This left him in the wilderness of a prejudiced, sexist, misandrist world that expected him to fit into the stereotyped role every man is made to conform to. Society added further pressures to his own as it ‘looked down’ on him for performing so-called women’s work; looking after a young asthmatic toddler and two other children. Work which still is not considered as being authentic nor suitable for men under modern day society’s masculine hegemony.
From potentially dying by suicide (sociocide) due to his grief and social prejudices he took on the role of dealing with his young daughter on a 365/24/7 rota of sleepless nights and lonely days. He managed to guide his family into writing and setting up a musical play about his wife’s problematic life which was performed as part of the Camden Fringe Festival in 2015 incorporating professionally trained actors. Now he wishes to share his knowledge and experience to other men and women who are both suffering and dying needlessly under a wave of ignorance.