The Itch

Written, directed and co-produced by Glen Neath

Filmed, edited and co-produced by Susanne Dietz

Performed by Hannah Ringham and Amber Sealey

Designed by Lizzie Clachan

Music by Conspiracy

Originally performed as a sketch, The pain, in two parts, at the Shunt Cabaret, London, 17 February 2002


Shunt Lounge, London Bridge, 2-4 May 2007

Sud Electronic's 7th Birthday, The Rhythm Factory, London, 21 September 2007

Brockley Social Club, London, 16 October 2013

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Adapted for the stage from Max Frisch's novel by Glen Neath

Directed by John Hardwick

Designed by Mascha Mazur

Production photographs by Thomas Aurin

Lars Rudolph and Annika Kuhl live on the stage, trapped within its formal confines, and to pass the time they try on fictional characters like clothes.

Lars decides to be Gantenbein, a man who pretends he is blind. Annika is his wife, the actress Lila.

When Lars becomes Enderlin, a man who won't take up his new professorship at Harvard because he'll have to leave behind the wife of his associate Svoboda, with whom he is having an affair, Annika decides to become Svoboda's wife, so that she is able to meet Enderlin... but it seems Svoboda's wife might also be Lila.

As Gantenbein struggles to reveal his true self, he sees redemption might lie in Camilla, his manicurist, who loves to share stories with him, and it only when these innocent tales they tell each other begin to suddenly take on a factual life of their own, that he is left with a choice: should he live forever as Gantenbein and lose the one thing he is sure of, or destroy everything and rescue Camilla from the fate she has told him awaits her?

Gantenbein is about the uncertainty of identity. A man wants to invent for himself an identity he is happy with. He also wants to invent a wife, but his wife wants a life of her own. In the final analysis we wonder who is playing who: are Lars and Annika really in control of the characters they create, or is there perhaps another voice outside the world of the play controlling them?

Performed in German

Hebbel am ufer HAU 1, Berlin, Germany, 6-10 December, 2006

Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, Zurich, Switzerland, 30 March until 1 April, 2007

Hebbel am ufer HAU 1, Berlin, Germany, 8-10 May, 2007

The Outgoing Man

Novel published by Portobello Books on September 15, 2005 and in paperback on May 11, 2006

Shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award

The Outgoing Man has his instructions and is ready to leave, but nothing is that simple. As he tries to disentangle himself from the 'organisation', he is only drawn further in: caught up in his friend Walter's plans for revolution; distracted by the voluptuous Colubrine; and forced into a steely battle of wills with the man who has suddenly and silently occupied his room...

'A perky greeting card from hell' - Magnus Mills

'A clever left-field debut... surreally witty, it recalls the same European sense of experiment at work in Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco and Magnus Mills...' - The Metro

'We are in a mysterious "organisation" at the Salvador Dali level of reality... This is a little bit like The Prisoner, mixed in with a dash of Are You being Served?' - The Times

'Quirky and blackly satirical, The Outgoing Man emanates a Kafka-esque stench of stagnation and claustrophobia. Neath shows how even the most banal kinds of human interaction take us deep into the realms of the insane, the surreal and the grotesque' - Time Out

'The Outgoing Man, Glen Neath's first novel, is an attempt to do something different... a hint of Kafka, a smidgeon of Beckett, a few drops of unusual and original novel' - The Guardian

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The highs and lows of owning your own home

An early draft of the play was given a rehearsed reading with an all-female cast at the Shunt Arch in Bethnal Green in 2004. Hannah Ringham played John, Amber Sealey John 2 and Gemma Brockis Shirley. Glen Neath directed

A second reading at the BAC, on 18 March 2005, featured septuagenarians John Ringham and Godfrey Jackman as John and John 2 and Patrick Driver as Shirley. Mark Espiner directed

The first act was shown at 'A Life Affirming Joyride Vol. 1', curated by Ant Hampton, at the Hackney Empire, on 13 January 2006, with the same cast & director. Lizzie Clachan designed the set. Costumes by Charlotte Espiner. Lighting by Chris Umney

The play premiered at ACUD-Theater, Veteranenstrasse 21, Berlin, Germany on 28,29 March 2019, to mark the moment of the UK’s misplaced rebellion and historic and catastrophic folly.

Darren Smith played John, Jef Burrell John 2 and Stephen Jacob Shirley. Mark Espiner directed. Set and costumes by Charlotte Espiner. Lighting by Chris Umney

A house. A fence. Three men and a dog. Some ancient hatreds, questionable friendships – and a man in pain looking for relief…When John decides to leave the home he’s lived in his whole life, he gives it to his best friend John. But when he returns to reclaim it, everything is not as it was: Shirley the milkman keeps changing jobs, John has redecorated the house and refuses to leave and the pain in his groin that’s troubled him for decades has suddenly come back. In the power struggle that follows some uncomfortable truths about friendship, loyalty and bearing a grudge all come to the surface.

An absurd dark comedy that exposes the dangerous place deep-held yet barely understood feelings can go, how the seeds of mistrust and manipulation grow into deceit and betrayal, and how going on a quest to find yourself can sometimes leave you completely lost (and won’t necessarily cure the pain)

The breast

Film written and directed by Glen Neath

Starring Amber Sealey & Joseph Traynor with voiceover by Finlay Robertson

Sound by Conspiracy

Edit by Amber & Glen

Director of photography Sam Garwood

Based on a scene from the novel, The Outgoing Man

Filmed at Shunt Vaults, June 10, 2004


Moving Picture Co, London, 11 September 2004

Mr Youngs, London, 15 September 2004

Framestore CFC, London, 16 September 2004

Shunt Vaults, London, 24-26 January 2007