The relationship between fathers and sons will be the focus of Arena Theatre Company's new show A Kindling Throne.
Arena artistic director Christian Leaves along with Jolyon James and Nathan Gilkes are developing the show that came from their discussions about fatherhood.
"We have all got young boys and were really asking ourselves what kind of men we want those boys to become," Leavesley said.
"We started the first conversations about two years ago and realised because of Me Too and the discussions around toxic masculinity, it is an issue that is growing and in some ways we have to take responsibility for it. As dads, we knew we had personal stake in it."
(Toxic masculinity) is an issue that is growing and in some ways we have to take responsibility.Christian Leavesley
The Arena team hopes A Kindling Throne will open conversations in families and the broader community.
"We want to take it right out to boys in primary and high schools and out to the Bendigo community to ask what they think our boys should become," Leavesley said. "We would like it to become a show that everyone feels have a response to and a stake in. It would be great to have as many community organisations who are interested, reaching out to us and making a contribution (to the discussion).
"I don't think we can solve it for world or even Bendigo but I do think we all need to take some sort responsibility in shaping the future of our boys."
Leavesley said parenting is different to what it was when the current generation of parents were children.
"I know I have a different relationship with my son than I had with my father (when I was a child)," he said. 'Part of this is working out what that is and why.
"Is it personal or something happens at a community level? (It's important) to have the buy in from the community to come together and have some perhaps difficult conversations."
Leavesley plans the show to be uplifting and positive with a music base combined with theatrical scenes.
"It's going to be (premiered in October and will be looking at fathers and sons in the past and their relationships through to the future where we can propose what a strong (father-son) relationship could look like," he said. "I think it will be a really uplifting experience."