DOI: 10.5040/9781408189450.00000002
Scenes: 22. Roles: Male (2) , Female (0) , Neutral (0)

Graham presents an affectionate and funny portrait of a year in the life of one nervous self-employed man, pieced together from receipts, shopping and commercial transactions. With a web of narratives, the play's structure is innovative and flexible; in performance, each receipt triggers a unique story and the actor plucks the receipts from the audience's hands at random.

Ben has been dreading his self-assessment form, with every transaction evoking the good times and the bad – memories of things gone wrong, gone right, journeys taken, relationships that have begun and ended. Prompted by frequent calls to the Inland Revenue helpline, Ben relives the humiliations, successes and tragedies of the last twelve months, stitching together his memories of the Tax Year 2009/2010 from tiny scraps of paper.

The Man opened in 2010 at the Finborough Theatre, London.

From The Man


Bloomsbury Publishing

James Graham

ISBN: 9781408132166

Series: Modern Plays

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