Rich Mix Theatre - 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Tickets now on sale for Mayakovsky, a play commissioned as part of the Revolution 17 season, marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution.
Mayakovsky is part of a night entitled Land of Scoundrels, which features new works of innovative and post-dramatic theatre, intertwined and overlapping across one evening, from the likes of Viennese theatremaker / director / dramaturg Petra Freimund and Belarus Free Theatre member and playwright and artist Larry Lynch, amidst a stunning original set designed by material engineer and artist Thomas Duggan. The evening will also feature an original piece of music by the extraordinary The Dirty Three.
A note on Mayakovsky : the play
The play is in ten acts. It is a play very much resisting the possibility of a biopic. It is often playful and physical, performative as well as literary. It features what might be a modern shadow version of Mayakovsky, as well as others poets, like Esenin and Khlebnikov, his peers.
It is about fame and helplessness, infamy and reputation in history meaning nothing, ultimately, to the person it belongs to. It is about Russia as perceived by Europe, by ‘cultural’ agendas always failing to reach the thing they are focused on. It is about the limitations of poetry, and language, and the role the latter has in love and friendship. It is about living after death through reputation, how empty this is. It is about representational characterisation and space. It is very much a collaboration with many people, from the talented cast, to my fellow playwrights and the technical brilliance of the supporting artists.
March 2, 2017 : I'm to write a new short play, called Mayakovsky, as part of a night of theatre at Rich Mix, commissioned for their Revolution 17 season, on the centenary of the Russian Revolution. It will be staged with an amazing set design by Thomas Duggan, who has designed for Vesterport's theatre's Faust recently amongst other things, and placed alongside new works by Austrian playwright Petra Freimund and Larry Lynch, who often works for the Belarus Free Theatre. We began our production proper this week and already the project is inspiring, I'm learning immensely from the experience of these three deeply intelligent people. Actors will be cast soon, a score written, and then we'll build to June 9th 10th 11th, which will be intense.