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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
' 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.'
'Superb staging of updated satire. Mayakovsky would undoubtedly have approved.'
' Alarmists cause laughter in capital theatres. Played to packed houses