Adapted from the short story by Nikolai Gogol
A Living Pictures and Cegin Production.
Premiered at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff in October 2011 and toured Wales in 2012-3.
Harrowing but gripping stuff.
A thrilling image of the simultaneously creative and destructive power of imagination and delusion.
A compelling piece of theatre with a flavour that is wholly its own.
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.
Sherman Cymru, Cardiff.
Torch Theatre, Milford Haven.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Pontardawe Arts Centre.
Taliesin Arts Centre.
Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli.
Tobacco Factory, Bristol.
Venue 13, Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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.