The Man Who
BY OLIVER SACHS, PETER BROOK & MARIE-HELENE ESTIENNE
20 April 2005 — 23 April 2005
"Who is this book for? Who is it not for? It is for everybody who has felt from time to time that certain twinge of self-identity and sensed how easily, at any moment, one might lose it." The Times on Oliver Sack’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, 1985.
The Man Who was inspired by the American ‘romantic’ neurologist Oliver Sack’s accounts of his most unimaginable patients. Created by leading theatre director Peter Brook, and Marie-Helene Estienne, it was first performed in English in Zurich before coming to the National’s Cottesloe Theatre in 1994.
The Man Who is a fascinating and poignant study of what Brook calls ‘the valley of astonishment’ – the irrational, the incredible, and the phenomenal power - of the human mind. This production is directed by Jennie Scott, as part of her secondment to the Orange Tree Theatre from the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck University of London. It is supported by the Arts Council of England.