'Killing my enemies is easy. The challenge is to control their minds. And I think I controlled yours pretty well. In years to come, I'll be able to say: 'Bulgakov? Yeah, we even trained him. He gave up. He saw the light. We broke him, we can break anybody'. It's man versus monster, Mikhail. And the monster always wins.'
A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Dissident playwright Mikhail Bulgakov has both, despite being stalked by the secret police. Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer after he’s offered a poisoned chalice in exchange for freedom: write a play glorifying Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Help is at hand, however, when the dictator himself decides to help out in the writing of the play – and Bulgakov takes over the running of the Soviet Union!
‘Collaborators’ is both hilarious and surreal, charting an artist’s slow erosion of principle and certainty involved in collaboration as he is confronted with the steamroller of absolute power.
COLLABORATORS, week 7 Corpus mainshow, is looking for a:
The show features numerous unusual props, stage violence, and some sinisterly cartoonish chases featuring a certain 20th-century dictator.
The show runs from naturalistic to surreal, from apartment blocks to killing rooms, and on several occasions a band of apothecaries floods the stage. There are numerous settings and situations and lighting will play a big role differentiating them. If you don't have much or any experience - don't worry, training can be provided!
We need a wardrobe built with two sliding doors, and potentially a few smaller pieces of furniture.
Get in touch with me (Chris Lazenbatt, cl629), the director (Charlie Morrell-brown, cm885), or the assistant director (Alfred Leigh, al821) on Facebook or by email to ask for more details about the show or a role. To apply, email us with the following: name, CRSID, any past experience (don’t worry if you don’t have any), and any ideas you have about your role. We particularly encourage female, BME, and LGBT+ applicants to join the team.
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