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Zugzwang

One-man show by Martin O’Connor in 2006

ZUGZWANG
by Martin O’Connor
Programme

The Arches, Glasgow 3-7 October 2006

zug·zwang n. (ts k tsväng )

A situation in a chess game in which a player is forced to make an undesirable or disadvantageous move [German Zugzwang : Zug, pull, move + Zwang, compulsion]

The piece is made up of a series of monologues from men in therapy. All characters are united in their collective position of being at the ultimate point of their male existence – whether that maleness is threatened, heightened, or suddenly realised – and all have reached their own zugzwang: their personal compulsion to move.