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Diary of A Madman


Tue 12 Jun 2018, 6:30pm–7:40pm
Wed 13 Jun 2018, 7:30pm–8:40pm
Thu 14 Jun 2018, 7:30pm–8:40pm
Fri 15 Jun 2018, 7:30pm–8:40pm
Sat 16 Jun 2018, 7:30pm–8:40pm

Where: The Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Canberra, ACT

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $42.00
  • Concession: $39.00
  • Group 4+: $37.00
  • Student: $30.00
  • Tuesday Special: $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: The Street Theatre

“I set off for the office at eight. I took each of the papers on the left hand side of my desk and transferred them—to the right hand side of my desk. Then I reversed this procedure. At four o’clock I left.”

Poprishchin is a low-ranking public servant, struggling to make his mark in the bureaucratic world, who yearns to be noticed by the beautiful daughter of a senior administrator. Battling snobbery, complacency, and the stupidity of officialdom, 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.

Gogol’s The Diary of a Madman is a funny and brutal exploration of one man’s struggle to keep a grip on reality. Where, 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. Gogol's dark comedy takes us into a fantastical world filled with laughter and rage, the tragic and rapturous, and one man's quest for individuality in a seemingly indifferent, urban city. Set in St Petersburg in the time of the Tsar this work sits at the intersection of social satire and psychological portrait and is as relevant today as when first written.

Is he the creator of his madness or is he the one to expose the world for being what drives him mad? Canberra’s MEAA and Critics Circle award-winning actor PJ Williams brings Nikolai Gogol's wildly absurd masterpiece to life together with another award-winning creative team from The Street.