Diary of a Madman at The Street Theatre

Nikolai Gogol's classic, adapted for the stage by David Holman

When: 2-16 June

Where: The Street Theatre

“ This city! I don’t know why I endure working in that department. One is given absolutely no encouragement. No perks at all.”

Poprishchin is tantalised by dreams of coats, women, and fame he might, but will never-possess. He didn’t expect to battle snobbery, complacency, and the stupidity of bureaucracy! Wanting something much more he chronicles his daily life, from the unsavoury habits of his superiors to a suspicion that dogs can talk. One day he makes an amazing discovery. The King of Spain has died without an heir and suddenly destiny and greatness call. Diary of a Madman is Nikolai Gogol’s dark comedy of imagination unleashed in a low-ranking public servant driven insane by the society he lives in.

Gogol’s absurdist masterpiece is brought to life at The Street Theatre with a celebrated Canberra cast featuring MEAA award-winning actor PJ Williams as Poprishchin and newcomer to Canberra Lily Constantine as Tuovi, Sophia and Tatiana, with an award-winning creative team from The Street. There will be a free conversation event with our theatre-makers after the show on Sunday June 10th.

Mixing up social satire and psychological portrait, Diary of a Madman is as relevant today as when first written in 1835. The short story has long been recognised as a powerful dissection of mental disintegration. Our season of Diary of a Madman gives us the opportunity to reflect on the narrative of madness in the story and issues of mental health today. Join us for The Tipping Point, a panel discussion on Tuesday June 12th after the performance.

For more information and to book tickets visit The Street Theatre website.