A Man In Pieces

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A Man in Pieces by Michael Symmons Roberts

Conor volunteers to test a new medical sonic scanner which records the sounds inside the body.

From this recording an analysis of the patients health is drawn.The Goldberg Scanner could revolutionise medical science.

No-one knows what effect this scanner has on human health.Conor finds himself a prisoner in a secure research facility, brought back day after day to spend another hour in this massive dark metal tunnel.

He gradually realises that he's being mapped, being searched so deeply that he feels he's losing his identity and being taken over by a Doppleganger released when he enters the scanner.

This is essentially a play about what it means to know your own body, and how medical technology is changing the way we know ourselves.

Full of wonder, but terror too, because the play also raises the question how much knowledge of ourselves can we bear? Scientists who are developing this new technology here are motivated not by commercial greed but by the founding principle of science - the desire to know, to understand.

This new scanner offers the chance to know ourselves more deeply than ever before.

How prepared is Conor for what he's asked to do, what he's asked to reveal about himself? This play will explore the fault-lines which open up when awe-inspiring advances in medical technology move faster than our cultural and psychological ability to deal with this new knowledge of ourselves.

The background.

The idea is based on a true story - that a death row prisoner was used to test the latest generation of cross-section medical scanners, and his multi-sliced body was digitised and made available to medics across the world.

CONOR....Graeme Hawley

JEN - Gillian Kearney

DOPPELGANGER - Clive Russell

MARGARET....Sue Jenkins

MATTHEW....Malcolm Raeburn

With specially composed music by John Harle

Directed in Manchester by Susan Roberts

By Michael Symmons Roberts

Conor volunteers to test a new medical sonic scanner which records the sounds inside the body. From this recording an analysis of the patient's health is drawn. The Goldberg Scanner could revolutionise medical science. No-one knows what effect this scanner has on human health.

Conor finds himself a prisoner in a secure research facility, brought back day after day to spend another hour in this massive dark metal tunnel. He gradually realises that he's being mapped, being searched so deeply that he feels he's losing his identity and being taken over by a Doppleganger that is released when he enters the scanner.