Danielle Tarento presents the Mercury Theatre, Colchester production of

Man To Man

by Manfred Karge, translated by Anthony Vivis

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.

Just announced – Q & A with playwright Manfred Karge hosted by Stephen Unwin

Wed 26 Nov 

Join esteemed director Stephen Unwin, who directed Tilda Swinton in the original production, as he hosts an exclusive post-show Q&A with Man to Man playwright Manfred Karge who will be flying in from Berlin especially for the event.  He will be joined by the show's director Tilly Branson and critically acclaimed star of the show Tricia Kelly as they talk about the processes behind bringing Man To Man to the stage.  This  Q&A is not to be missed!

This talk is free to ticket holders of Man To Man for the performance on the 26 November and will take place in the auditorium following the performance.


Kelly’s performance is one of an astonishing force and depth
★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage 

Often shocking, Man to Man offers a unique perspective on a swathe of modern German history.
★ ★ ★ ★ Time Out 

Tricia Kelly gives an electrifying performance... dark, disturbing and utterly captivating.
★ ★ ★ ★ The Public Reviews

Theatrically speaking this is a tour-de-force, award deserving performance by Tricia Kelly.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ WhatsOnStage 

The small setting of the Park90 is perfect for a production such as this... Kelly's charged performance will have the audience members riveted to their seats

Tricia Kelly gives the performance of a life time
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