The third year performance ensemble at CIT Cork School of Music’s BA in Theatre & Drama Studies presents The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman, a hilarious satirical play, at CIT CSM Stack Theatre from April 11th to April 14th.
“I’m happy, comrades, happy as a Tsar…I’m flying!...I wasn’t much in life but when I’m dead hear me roar! I’m a Colossus! A Caesar!” In Stalin’s Russia nothing makes sense, it’s a madhouse run by a vicious lunatic, a nightmare from which nobody can wake up. Unless, like our suicidal clown, you decide you’ve had enough of waiting around for your life to begin and you take control of your own death. Erdman may not have invented gallows humour, but in this hilarious, terrifying comedy of Soviet manners, he pushes boundaries of satirical farce into the thrilling territories of the grotesque and in so doing, puts a knife in the heart of Stalinist tyranny.
This big, bold, bright production, of a neglected classic, is directed by CITCSM Lecturer Johnny Hanrahan, known for his thought provoking work with Meridien Theatre Company.