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Diary Of A Madman (Living Pictures)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2013

This darkly comic one-man piece is based on a nineteenth-century Russian short story studying social status and insanity. Robert Bowman’s Poprishchin is reminiscent of Varys from ‘Game Of Thrones’, his deluded sliminess making you unsure whether to feel repulsion or pity. Lingering on uncomfortable moments with masterful intensity, he’s unafraid to look you in the eye – I’m almost certain one scathing line about theatre critics was aimed directly at me! I only wish his performance had been trusted to carry itself without the musical interruptions which, though often effective, became distractingly frequent. This may be best enjoyed by those with an interest in pre-Revolutionary Russia or Nikolai Gogol’s work, however, those hungry to be confronted with an excellently curious character will also be captivated.

Venue 13, until 24 Aug (not 12), 4.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Amber-Page Moss]