About the production

Written by: Nicolai Erdman

Directed by: David Grant

A young, unemployed man, Semyon, believes the answer to his problems is to learn to play the tuba. However, his plan fails and he contemplates suicide. His neighbour, Alexander Petrovich, decides to make money from Semyon’s misery by exploiting his intended suicide to several bidders. These bidders planned to exploit Semyon’s death to the furtherance of their own individual cause. TheĀ Intelligentsia, represented by Aristarkh, is the first to approach him. From this point on, Semyon finds himself being manipulated by various people representing the business world, the arts, the workers, romance, etc. During the course of the play, each character reveals the worst side of their personality, to humorous effect.

Cast List

  • Gary Gregg
  • Deirdre Molloy

Crew List

  • Director: David Grant
  • Designer: Connie Dowling
  • Music: John Dunne