The Diary of a Madman is a classic of Russian literature, and in common with many classics, it still has relevance despite its age. in 2009 Tim Lenkiewicz secured an Arts Council R&D grant to explore his ideas for a multimedia acrobatic adaptation of Gogol’s classic story.
We looked at the use of acrobatics in the context of the narrative and also, at different ways of using animation, video feeds and voice-over to develop an internal-external world of madness and desperation. It also explored different ways of using the structure of the piece to affect how the audience understood the protagonist’s journey through the story.
The work was very successful and resulted in two in-progress showings and Cirquit Productions are now considering the development of this piece in the future.
Diary R&D process has been supported by The Arts Council England, Jacksons Lane, Redbridge Drama Centre, the People Speak and the BTS project