The Man With The Hammer

Produced by

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written by

Phil Porter


A powerful story about hope, desire and the dangers of obsession.

And so it begins.
We climb on, we clip in, we cycle, climb a hill, breathe deep, near the top, change up, push on…

Jodie cycles to college every day. She has a crush on her hero.
She lives with her Dad. She misses her Mum.

Change up, push hard, legs burn…

Plumber Tony only bought his bike to impress his daughter, now he’s hooked. He misses his wife.

Teeth hurt, fingernails hurt, everything hurts…

A charismatic pro-cyclist, Noah’s just the man to lead his tarnished sport into a bright new era.

But we push on and we push on. In search of that snowblind peace, that magical frequency. In search of The Man With The Hammer.

From the writer of The Christmas Truce (RSC 2014), Blink (Soho Theatre/Broadway) and The Cracks In My Skin (Manchester Royal Exchange).

With thanks for support from the John Ellerman Foundation and THE LECHE TRUST.


Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 10th - Saturday 26th March 2016


“Powerfully written and performed, evocatively lit and inventively directed and designed”
The Stage

"The pace is relentless"

"With much humour and sparky dialogue, this play takes you as near to the addictive allure of power cycling as you will get without doing it yourself"
Plymouth Herald

"Superb acting, technical delivery and script"
The Reviews Hub


Tim Chippin

Jonny Holden

Harriet Slater

Creative Team

Phil Porter

Justin Audibert

Set & Costume Designer
Georgia Lowe

Lighting Designer
Andy Purves

Sound Designer/Composer
Martin Ward

Casting Director
Stephen Moore

Assistant Director
Chloe Mashiter