Written by Rony Bridges, directed by David Hayman.


BAFTA-winning actor and director David Hayman stars in the hugely powerful one-man play Six and a Tanner.


After a successful 35-date Scottish tour in 2011, Six and a Tanner comes to the Assembly Rooms from 2nd to 26th August.

Written by Rony Bridges the play sees a middle-aged man relive the joys and tragedies of his 1950s childhood as he rages at the coffin of his dead father.

Is it an act of revenge, or redemption?  Or simply the moment in a man’s life when he faces his own mortality? 

Based on a true story, this is a powerful, moving and hilarious tribute to life in all its absurdity.

David Hayman said, “Due to work commitments over the past decade, 2011 was the first opportunity I had to take this play on tour. It was fantastic to be performing live on stage again and in such diverse venues, from traditional theatres to community venues and even prisons.”

As part of the tour, Hayman performed Six and a Tanner in six prisons - Barlinnie, Shotts, Greenock, Inverness, Polmont and Perth. 

“From my earliest years as an actor I have had a great desire to perform in smaller communities and to give people more access to theatre”, says Hayman.  “Theatre and live performance is really quite magical and as an actor live theatre is my favourite medium.”

In the summer of last year David also returned to the stage in London’s West End, performing alongside Jude Law in a sold-out run of Eugene O’Neill’s 1921 play Anna Christie.

Spring 2012 saw David take the lead role in King Lear at the Glasgow Citizen’s Theatre – again, to sold-out theatres. 

Each performance of Six and a Tanner is followed by a Question and Answer session with David and these are always lively and full of warmth, humour and insight.  Audiences have been keen to talk about David’s humanitarian work with Spirit Aid, as well as his performance and the many other acting/directing roles he has undertaken.

Proceeds from the show go to support the work of David’s humanitarian organisation Spirit Aid -www.spiritaid.org.uk