The play begins with Michael in a coma after a blood clot unexpectedly formed in his brain three weeks prior. By his hospital bed is his mother, Carol and his dull but well-meaning partner, Paul. They are united in their grief over Michael and in their intense dislike of each other. When Michael wakes, 11 years of his memory has been completely erased. He remembers nothing of the last 4000 days. He remembers nothing of Paul. It is as though the relationship never existed. Paul struggles to bring Michael’s memory back. Carol fights to remove him from Michael’s life. And, the ever charming and witty Michael concentrates on creating a giant mural on the back wall of his hospital room, an expression of his loss, his hopes, and his desire to live his life as the man he was 11 years ago, not the man he has become.
By Peter Quilter