man to man digithon drama

Digithon Drama | Manfred Karge’s Man to Man

As part of Wales Arts Review’s Digithon, the Wales Millennium Centre presents a filmed performance of their hit 2017 adaptation of Manfred Karge’s Man to Man. This film is made available for the duration of the #Digithon festival.

Man to Man, Manfred Karge







A Wales Millennium Centre production

Man to Man

By Manfred Karge

Translated by Alexandra Wood

Performed by Maggie Bain

Directed by Bruce Guthrie and Scott Graham

Design by Richard Kent

Lighting Design by Rick Fisher

Sound Design by Mike Walker

Projection by Andrzej Goulding

Music by Matthew Scott

Frantic Assembly’s Tony Award-nominated Scott Graham joined forces with director Bruce Guthrie to co-direct this new interpretation of Manfred Karge’s German classic Man to Man; the first of Wales Millennium Centre’s own, world-class productions created and exported internationally.

Reworking the original German masterpiece into an intimate and all-consuming piece of physical theatre, Man to Man confronts the horrors of World War Two from a unique and deeply personal perspective.

After her husband dies, Ella Gericke adopts his identity and continues working his job as a crane operator in order to survive in Nazi Germany. Compromising her own identity for survival, Ella is plunged into a new masculine world of beer, schnapps and poker; an existence dominated by the fear of discovery and the changing face of authority in a volatile 20th Century Germany.

It was first performed at Wales Millennium Centre’s Weston Studio in February 2015, followed by a nationwide tour and a run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe later that year.

It was revived in September 2017 for an eight-week tour including London and New York, where it had a sell-out season as part of the Next Wave Festival.

★★★★★ The Guardian, The Times, The Arts Desk, The Stage, British Theatre Guide

Age recommendation: 12+

Running time: 75mins

This performance was filmed on 8 November 2017 in BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), a multi-arts centre in Brooklyn, New York.


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As the disruptions continue to intensify, it is important to remember many artists and workers in the creative industry are self-employed, and will be unable to collect an income as live events, workshops, and productions are cancelled or postponed indefinitely. At Wales Arts Review we have heard of many stories of people now being unable to pay rent or put food the table. We believe it is the responsibility of government, and in many cases the governing bodies of arts funding, to take a lead on these issues, and while we wait for that, Wales Arts Review wants to provide a space for the public to help alleviate some of the anxiety and hardship that is becoming widespread at the moment.

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