We are delighted to announce that we have secured a four-week run for our production of Man to Man at the Park Theatre in London in November 2014, working with producer Danielle Tarento. Man to Man was originally produced and staged at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester in October 2013. During its two week run, the show received rave reviews and audiences were queueing for returns for sold out shows. We believe this rarely staged play deserves to be seen by a wider audience and immediately after the run in Colchester, we began working towards getting the show on in London. Now that we have a venue and a producer on board, we’re asking for your help to make this production as successful as possible.
What we’re asking for:
We’re asking for your help to raise £2000 towards the costs of marketing and staging the show. London venue hire is expensive, and the money we raise will be used towards this cost, as well as the costs of print, advertising, rehearsal space and equipment hire.
If 200 people gave £10 each we would reach our target – and if people felt they could give more than that, that would be brilliant! Whether you can offer £1 or £100, we will be incredibly grateful.
About Man to Man:
What lengths would you go to to put the next meal on the table?
As the Nazis come to power in Germany, a young widow discovers that her only means of survival is to take on her dead husband’s job and with it his identity. Her struggle to maintain this extraordinary deception for over forty years forms the focus of this hauntingly poetic and utterly gripping one-woman tour-de-force.
This is a rare British production of Manfred Karge’s enthralling play that premièred at the Traverse in 1987, catapulting Tilda Swinton to fame.
Man to Man is a play by German playwright Manfred Karge, and tells the story of a woman in 1930s Germany who takes on the identity of her dead husband in order to take over his job as a crane operator. Her story spans her whole life during an eventful period of German history. The key question at the heart of the play is: What will any of us do in order to survive in extreme circumstances?
While that question may have had particular resonances in war-time Germany, it’s a universal theme which is still resonant now. Man to Man is produced regularly in mainland Europe, but it is rarely seen in the UK. In fact, the most well known version was an 1988 production which gave Tilda Swinton her big break in theatre. Our version has the added advantage of a new section, updating the story in light of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, which we discovered only after a chance meeting with Karge himself on a research trip to Berlin.
Actor Tricia Kelly with playwright Manfred Karge, at the Berliner Ensemble, September 2013
Reviews of our production:
“Theatrically speaking this is a tour-de-force, award deserving performance by Tricia Kelly”. 5 stars – What’s On Stage.
“a tour de force… scenes both realistic and surreal are strongly drawn… the powerful ending is unrelentingly dark“. 4.5 stars – The Public Reviews.
“something of a tour de force for Tricia Kelly who carries us on a mind-bending tour through the extraordinary tough life of Ella Gericke” – East Anglian Daily Times.
“it’s hard to imagine Karge’s piece being done any better than this” – The Colchester Circle.
“This one woman play is performed by Tricia Kelly in what can only be described as a tour de force. Her depth of understanding of this involved text is evident, as is the strong hand of director Tilly Branson. Simply but intricately staged, changes of time and place are shown beautifully through an excellently designed lighting plot” – Behind the Footlights.
“Tilly Branson’s direction never allows us to pity Ella/Max; instead, we are presented a chaotic, tender and human delineation of an individual whom is lead into circumstance beyond their control – yet, they survive it, with their identity never concrete” – Grapevine Live.
“Intense performance in play that searches identity among society’s pressures… Kelly excels at the sense of a life doggedly survived more than lived, through political and economic vicissitudes… in Tilly Branson’s aptly remorseless production” - Reviewsgate.
"probably the most mesmeric one-woman show I have ever seen” – Halstead Gazette
“Tricia’s one-woman marathon performance is truly incredible” – Colchester Gazette
Production photography: Mike Kwasniak