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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? 

Performance dates

25 October, 2006

Sanquhar Town Hall, Dumfries & Galloway

20 October, 2006

Middlebie Village Hall, Dumfries & Galloway

14 October, 2006

Fisherman’s Hall, Buckie

10 October, 2006

Tullynessle & Forbes Village Hall

06 October, 2006

New Deer Public Hall, Aberdeenshire

04 October, 2006

Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire

27 September, 2006

Thurso High School

22 September, 2006

Victoria Hall, Cromarty

20 September, 2006

Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye

13 September, 2006

Ballachulliish Village Hall

07 September, 2006

North Edinburgh Arts Centre

24 August - 04 September, 2006

Platform at the Bridge, Easterhouse

31 May - 18 June, 2005

Soho Theatre, London

25 May - 28 May, 2005

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

19 May, 2005

Melton Theatre, Leicester

17 May, 2005

macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

13 May, 2005

The Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

10 May, 2005

Eden Court, Inverness

05 May - 07 May, 2005

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'
Daily Telegraph

'Amazingly engaging…a must see'
The List

'Tremendous physical performance'
The Sunday Herald

'A company who have found a rich and strongly compelling theatrical power'
Edinburgh Guide

'beautifully done and Corrigan sustains almost 90 minutes as the main focus on a minimally decorated stage with complete conviction.'
The Times



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

Performers (2005)
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

Performers (2006)
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



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