The fear of being forgotten

Marsan has the talent to disappear into his roles very effectively — he’s an actor, not a star.

Here, Marsan plays South London council worker John May, whose job is to locate the next of kin of people who have died in the area and, if no one emerges, organise the funeral and interment. His life is circumscribed by routine in the personal sphere: the same lunch, the same dinner each night in his lonely existence with only the reminders, in terms of photos, of his dead ‘projects’, for which he has a personal album.