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Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs inspires play about masculinity

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs inspires play about masculinity

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The 2009 children's film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was a zany, fun and fairly trivial animation. So how did it inspire a theatre project attempting to take stock of masculinity in 21st Century England?Along with his Spray-On Shoes and Hair-Un-Balder, the Monkey Thought Translator was one of madcap inventor Flint Lockwood's greatest creations.As well as letting the film's characters hear what Steve the monkey was thinking, the contraption was put on the head of Flint's emotionally inarticulate dad to allow his son to hear his inner thoughts."This invention gets put on this man and he spoke beautifully and honestly about his son," recalls theatre director Scott Graham. "It's a great little film."That scene inspired Graham to embark on his own project asking men to talk honestly about...