Wales Millennium Centre to Make BAM Debut with Manfred Karge's MAN TO MAN

Wales Millennium Centre to Make BAM Debut with Manfred Karge's MAN TO MAN

The Wales Millennium Centre will make its BAM debut with Manfred Karge's 1982 German masterpiece, Man to Man, a classic Weimar-era survival story, running November 7-11, 2017.

The one-woman play tells the story of Ella, a working-class woman forced to adopt the identity of her dead husband in order to survive in Weimar Germany.

Scottish actress Margaret Ann Bain stars as the resourceful widow (incidentally, a role that launched the career of actress Tilda Swinton). Suppressing her own identity for survival, Ella is plunged into an unfamiliar world of factory work, machismo, and burgeoning militancy; a claustrophobic existence dominated by the fear of discovery and the changing face of authority in a volatile country.

In this new English adaptation by Alexandra Wood, directors Bruce Guthrie and Scott Graham create a world of shape-shifting shadows, transporting the audience from one memory to another. After premiering at the Wales Millennium Centre in 2015, the production enjoyed a lauded sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later that year.

Wales Millennium Centre is Wales' national home for the performing arts in Cardiff Bay. One of the UK's top cultural attractions, this iconic Welsh landmark stages musicals, opera, ballet, circus and contemporary dance alongside the UK's largest program of free performances. Resident companies and organizations include Welsh National Opera, BBC National, Orchestra of Wales, Literature Wales, Touch Trust, Urdd, Hijinx, National Dance Company Wales, and Ty Cerdd.


By Manfred Karge
Translated by Alexandra Wood
Wales Millennium Centre

Directed by Bruce Guthrie & Scott Graham
Set and costume design by Richard Kent
Lighting design by Rick Fisher
Sound design by Mike Walker
Video design by Andrzej Goulding
Music composed by Matthew Scott
Produced by Pádraig Cusack

BAM Fisher (Fishman Space), 321 Ashland Pl
Nov 7-11 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $25

For ticket information, call BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100, or visit

Photo Credit: Polly Thomas

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