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A perestroika adaptation of Vladimir Mayakovsky's play by Stephen Plaice

In the 1990s, Prisypkin, a Russian Yuppie, is cryogenically frozen after a fire destroys his wedding. He is defrosted in a European superstate fifty years later.

Directed by Helena Uren

Designed by Anna Symes / Graham Evans

Moscow production designed by Matthew Miller

Cast: Ralf Higgins, Judith Hurley, Daniel Earl, Mim King, Kate Gisbourne, Allison Hudson

Première - The Pavilion Theatre, Brighton: February 1990

Edinburgh production: 20th August 1990

Moscow production: 5th September 1990

Press notices

' Stephen Plaice's bold and for the most part effective adaptation for Alarmist Theatre transplants the first act to post-perestroika Russia in 1990, then has the hero, Prisypkin, waking up in the year 2040 with a grave new dehumanised capitalist world in which the chief human right is to consume, and romance is found only in the dictionary of obsolete terms.'
Mick Martin The Guardian

'Lively update, shot through with witty and topical one-liners and performed by a fivesome that's young nifty and slick.. Alarmist's moving and memorable seventh show looks good and feels good too. Laugh first, and think afterwards.'
City Limits

'Superb staging of updated satire. Mayakovsky would undoubtedly have approved.'
The Scotsman

' Alarmists cause laughter in capital theatres. Played to packed houses in Moscow.'
Soviet Weekly

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