A NEW project is aiming to open up discussions on the impact of “incel” culture.

Civic Digit’s digital theatre project Many Good Men will see 15 to 18 year olds writing the script.

The project is aimed at teaching young people about the issues surrounding “incel” – an online term meaning involuntary celibate – culture and how masculinity is radicalised online.

Clare Duffy, Civic Digits founder and artistic director, said: “We're planning to support two groups of young people to write and direct two new forum theatre plays about the radicalisation of masculinity online. It will be performed by professional actors at Hearts FC stadium.”

Brought to life by Civic Digits, Stellar Quines, YouthLinks Scotland, Zero Tolerance Scotland and Hearts, Many Good Men will blend digital technology, gaming and live performance.

The project will conclude with two live performances in December.

Civic Digits will assist the young people in their journey to write, direct and produce the plays which will unpack the way performances of gender reinforce patriarchal power structures.

Many Good Men is among the 46 projects receiving a total of £1,580,005 funded by the National Lottery as part of the latest round of Creative Scotland’s Open Fund awards.

Paul Burns, interim director of arts at Creative Scotland, said: “This month sees a raft of new projects taking shape, including those aimed at addressing challenging societal issues. “It’s heartening to see that, thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, a range of new and important stories will be told as part of the latest round of Open Fund awards.”