Mancub by Douglas Maxwell
Adapted from the book ‘The Flight of The Cassowary’ by John LeVert.
I look up. The moon is looking at us. A great white eye. I can feel the pressure in its light. Actually I feel like barking. But I don’t. Paul is trying to grow up. Trying to get his dad off his back and his mum out of his face. Trying to work out what girls are all about. Trying to catch up on the work he hasn’t done. Trying to stay out of trouble.
But strange things keep happening. And they’re getting stranger. Reality seems to be shifting. People are looking at him in a different way. Does Paul really turn into animals, or does he only think he does?
Sanquhar Town Hall, Dumfries & Galloway
Middlebie Village Hall, Dumfries & Galloway
Fisherman’s Hall, Buckie
Tullynessle & Forbes Village Hall
New Deer Public Hall, Aberdeenshire
Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire
Thurso High School
Victoria Hall, Cromarty
Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye
Ballachulliish Village Hall
North Edinburgh Arts Centre
Platform at the Bridge, Easterhouse
Soho Theatre, London
Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Melton Theatre, Leicester
macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling
The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock
Eden Court, Inverness
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
'A near perfect encapsulation of the world of the troubled teen… With a terrific central performance from Paul J Corrigan supported by Sandy Grierson and Claire Larnon Mancub offers all the enlightenment any off-the-rails adolescent requires.'
★★★★ The Herald
'A corker of a show that I’d urge everyone to see as soon as they can…a splendid piece of theatre…one of the best performances on the Scottish stage so far this year'
★★★★ Mail On Sunday
'Terrific tenderness and wit…a series of beautifully observed performances…blazing with star quality…a combination of flawless technical presentation and sheer emotional intensity that is genuinely memorable'
★★★★ The Scotsman
'This is a funny, tender and boldly executed piece that is also softly magical.'
'a markably vivid piece of theatre'
Edinburgh Evening News
'A charming, entrancing piece of theatre…highly recommended'
'Amazingly engaging…a must see'
'Tremendous physical performance'
The Sunday Herald
'A company who have found a rich and strongly compelling theatrical power'
'beautifully done and Corrigan sustains almost 90 minutes as the main focus on a minimally decorated stage with complete conviction.'
In association with Soho Theatre, London.
Written by Douglas Maxwell
Adapted from the book The Flight of The Cassowary by John Levert
Directed by Matthew Lenton
Set and Lighting design by Kai Fischer
Costume Design by Becky Minto
Paul J Corrigan, Sandy Grierson, Claire Lamont
Production team (2005)
Production Manager Ken Savva
Technical Stage Manager Maria Bechaalani
Set build by Stuart Nairn
Production Photographer Tim Morozzo
Publicity Design Greenlight Creative
Project Manager Severine Wyper
Press and Marketing Jane Hamilton
Paul J Corrigan, Donal Pirie, Cath Whitefield
Production Manager Grahame Coyle
Company Stage Manager Ingrid Rochford
Deputy Stage Manager Amy Vaughan-Spencer
Assistant Stage Manager Christine Henderson
Production Technician (Stage) Gary Morgan
Production Technician (Sound) Matthew Padden
Production Technician (Lighting) Liam Boucher
Wardrobe Supervisor Liz Boulton
Wardrobe Assistant Helen Conley
Workshop Director Laura Early
Mancub was developed at Soho Theatre London in August 2004