Award-winning playwright James Graham’s latest work THE MAN is a blackly comic and uniquely interactive performance: the story is told in a different order, selected at random, every single night.
THE MAN will open at the Finborough Theatre on Tuesday 25 May until Saturday 19 June 2010 as part of Vibrant 2010 – An Anniversary Festival of Finborough Playwrights. This new work, directed by Kate Wasserberg, is the centerpiece of the Festival, which also includes work by Mike Bartlett and David Eldridge.
Tax is really, really taxing for Ben Edwards. Self Employed. And afraid…
And now he must face his dreaded self assessment form, with every receipt evoking the good times and the bad – memories of things gone wrong, gone right, the journeys he’s been on, the relationships that have begun and ended and the people he has lost…
With each receipt drawn out at random, Ben begins to stitch together the patchwork quilt that was the Tax Year 2009/2010 – a year that was both hilarious and tragic, all mixed up in one shoe box of receipts.
THE MAN will be performed by a changing team of actors, who will include: Sam Barnett (Beautiful People, Desperate Romantics, The History Boys and The Whisky Taster), Leander Deeney (The Representative, Atonement) and George Rainsford (Days of Significance, All’s Well That Ends Well and Chatroom/Citizenship). Please check the website for the latest casting information: www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productionstheman.htm
James Graham is a Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre, and his work there includes the Pearson Award-winning plays Albert’s Boy (2005) and Eden’s Empire (2006); Little Madam (2007) on the life of Margaret Thatcher, and Sons of York (2008). His other theatre credits include Tory Boyz at Soho Theatre, Sudden Loss of Dignity and The Whisky Taster at The Bush, as well as the forthcoming Huck (Southwark Playhouse and national tour).
Director Kate Wasserberg was previously Associate Director at the Finborough Theatre where she directed Sons of York and Little Madam (by James Graham), as well as The Representative, I Wish To Die Singing and The New Morality. She is now New Plays Director at Clwyd Theatr Cymru where she has directed The Glass Menagerie (also national tour), James Graham’s A History of Falling Things and Pieces by Hywel John.
THE MAN was first performed by the playwright in last year’s Vibrant! A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. This year it is the central work in Vibrant 2010 – An Anniversary Festival of Finborough Playwrights, a 30th anniversary celebration of the Finborough Theatre with thirty new works for the stage by thirty UK and international playwrights, discovered, developed or championed by the Theatre, all performed in four weeks, and featuring many premieres of brand new plays by some of the well-known playwrights who began their careers at the Finborough Theatre.
For tickets information, go visit: www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk