was born today.
A genetic defect means he's growing at a phenomenal rate.
He’ll be out of nappies within the hour.
He'll be hitting puberty come lunch.
By the time the evening news begins,
he’ll be more grey-haired than the anchorman - and twice as arthritic.
And by midnight, he'll have died of old age.
With no known cure, doctors want to use Barnaby for vital research.
But his mother is defiant:
“If my son’s got only a day to live, he’s not spending it
in some Dettol-drenched laboratory!”
She vows to give Barnaby the fullest life possible
in the time he's been given.
On a rainy Sunday.
In the centre of the universe.
Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales...
"They say children today grow up quick
But surely this must be a trick
It’s hard to disguise
Our sense of surprise
He’s growing in front of our eyes..."
The Mayfly Man is a new musical based on a novel by Neil Bastian,
writer of the Shirley Bassey/John Barry-inspired musical Force Ten Gayle.
Neil's writing the book and lyrics for The Mayfly Man,
with a composer soon to be announced.
Neil Bastian on YouTube
Neil Bastian on SoundCloud
Find out more about The Mayfly Man