Xameleon Theatre: Diaries of Madmen

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5 - 10 Feburuary
The Cockpit Theatre

Diaries of Madmen is Xameleon Theatre's new production based on Nikolai Gogol's novel "Diary of a Madman" and Russian musician's Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky's personal diaries.

Famous farcical short story by one of the greatest Russian writers Nikolai Gogol, is a funny and brutal exploration of a civil servant's Poprishchin struggle to keep a grip on reality. 

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 exposes one man’s longing to find such a place for himself, a place where he is visible, where he matters, and above all, belongs.

Another civil servant Pyotr Tchaikovsky, who later became one of the greatest Russian composers, also had a complicated relationship between his inner world and reality. His personal diaries reveal his daunting self-doubt, suicidal thoughts and loneliness.

Director Konstantin Kamenski combined the stories of two civil servants, and together with the designer Irina Gluzman, explored the relationship between genius and madness, hopelessness and the desire to escape into the imaginary world.

Performed in Russian with English surtitles.

Directed by Konstantin Kamensky
Produced by Vladislava Lemeshevskaya
Stage and Costume Design by Irina Gluman
Lighting designer: Becky Brown
Performed by Oleg Sidorchik and Irina Kara

Artwork by Irina Gluzman