By Nikolai Erdman
Translated by Peter Tegel
Presented by Red Phoenix Theatre and Holden Street Theatres
The Suicide is a satirical Russian comedy written in 1924 that was banned by Stalin. The playwright, Nikolai Erdman, was sent to a Siberian work camp for 20 years and the play was never performed in his lifetime. Britain’s longest serving theatre critic, Michael Billington includes it in his collection of “The 101 Greatest Plays”.
Although riotously funny, Erdman’s play shows the planned suicide of its jobless hero, Semyon, mercilessly exploited by the intelligentsia, business, the church, and anyone who wishes to protest again society and advance their individual agenda.
Suicide, you may think, is no joke, but Erdman’s comedy remains a testament to the survival instinct of the individual in the face of crushing external and social forces.
When you consider the times in which it was written, the audacity is breathtaking. The play continues to outlive its time in history. It celebrates the will to love, it argues for the right to work, and is filled with wonderful, wild and madcap humour.
Directed by Brant Eustice and featuring an outstanding cast including Kate, Anolak, Adrian Barnes, Samuel Creighton, Michael Eustice, Ruby Faith, Brittany Gallasch, Sharon Malujlo, Geoff Revell, Nicole Rutty, Georgia Stockham, and Tom Tassone
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Dates: 25 May - 3 Jun
Duration: 2hr 20min
25 May - 3 Jun @ 7:30pm
28 May @ 2pm
General Admission: $27
Group (6+): $23
Venue: The Studio
32-34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh SA 5007
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