Dying For It
A NEW THEATRE PRODUCTION
NOVEMBER 2013 - DECEMBER 2013
Freely adapted from Nikola Erdman's The Suicide
Writer Moira Buffini
Director Peter Talmacs
Music Directors Tom Albert & Thomas Talmacs
Set Designer Tom Bannerman
Lighting Designer Tony Youlden
Costume Designer Jennifer Post
Stage Manager Mark Croasdale
When Semoyan decides to take his own life word gets out and he finds himself besieged by sympathetic visitors – all begging him to kill himself on their behalf. Suddenly Semoyan is an important man!
Nikolai Erdman’s celebrated comedy, critical of a totalitarian state where informing and corruption thrive, was banned by Stalin before it was even performed. This is biting socio/political comedy in the best Russian tradition: Chekhov meets Gogol meets Dostoyevsky as satire spins off into farce then veers back into existential musings and acclaimed UK playwright Moira Buffini has turned it into a vigorous, modern black comedy.
“A very funny show … a work of comedy that is reminiscent of the art that laughs in the face of adversity.” suzygoessee.com
“A farce with some serious meat behind it. You’ll laugh, you’ll think, and then you’ll laugh some more.” Jodi McAlister
“The director makes this clever farce come alive and the entire cast shine with the exuberance that makes this a truly fun night.” Veronica Kaye