Diary of a Madman

Adapted from the short story by Nikolai Gogol

A Living Pictures and Cegin Production.
Premiered at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff in October 2011 and international tour.

Welsh Theatre Critics Best Actor in an English Language Production Award 2014.

Funded by Arts Council of Wales, Cegin Productions, Sherman Cymru, British Council, Wales in Edinburgh and Wales Arts International Awards 2015.


Harrowing but gripping stuff.

Karen Price, The Western Mail - Read full review →

A thrilling image of the simultaneously creative and destructive power of imagination and delusion.

Amelia Forsbrook, Buzzmag - Read full review →

A compelling piece of theatre with a flavour that is wholly its own.

Adam Somerset, Theatre Wales - Read full review →

Gogol’s Diary of a Madman is a funny and brutal exploration of one man’s struggle to keep a grip on reality. The story is unique in Gogol’s repertoire: it is the only story he wrote in the first person and it takes the unusual form of a diary or memoir. Set in St Petersburg in 1830s Russia, Diary of a Madman is ostensibly a satirical exposure of the stupidity of officialdom, and of the snobbery and complacency of the ruling elite in Russian society. But it is also a portrayal of psychosis. Here, madness might mean a failure to find your proper place in the world, or the compulsion to occupy a place to which you’re not entitled. Diary of a Madman is a tragic portrayal of one man’s longing to find such a place for himself, a place where he is visible, where he matters, and above all, belongs.

Past touring (2012-2017):

Triad Stage (Cabaret Space), University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA.
Mannheim Theatre Festival, Germany.
2014 Yerevan Theatre Festival, Armenia.
Sherman Cymru
, Cardiff.
Torch Theatre, Milford Haven.
Hay Festival, Hay on Wye.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Riverfront, Newport.
Pontardawe Arts Centre.
Taliesin Arts Centre.
Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli.
Galeri, Caernarfon.
Tobacco Factory, Bristol.
Venue 13, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, British Council Showcase 2015.

Cast and creative team

Performance: Robbie Bowman
Direction: Sinéad Rushe
Assistant direction: Julia Wyndham
Design: Sarah Beaton
Understudy: Ionnis Sholto
Lighting design: Katy Stephenson
Sound design: Roland Melia
Stage management: Beth Dawson
Production: Elen Bowman

Funded by Arts Council of Wales and Cegin Productions.
Supported by Sherman Cymru Theatre, Cardiff, Wales.