A dark night in a neglected city suburb. An unnamed man breaks into a flat, scrambling for something to steal. As he rifles through the flat, he finds that there is nothing worth stealing, that vandalism proves unsatisying and that attacking the flat’s occupant, Tom, a mute, too brings only further questions. The burglar is led ultimately to question his own existence, regusing any answers that the mute Tom might offer: all responses lead only to one inevitable outcome.
Existence was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 8 April 2002 in a production featuring Jason Flemyng and Andrew Wincott. The first staged production took place at the Théâtre-Studio Alfortville, Paris, on 28 October 2002.