be put off by the Russian revolution its not just politics and
The heart of the play is passion, be it for a cause or for love.
Sackville gives a mesmerising performance as the futurist poet Vladimir
He drives the play with the force of his passionate verse. A man
ahead of his times, censored and controlled by those around him
as well as by the State.
Mansfield as Lili Brik conveys the spirit of Mother Russia with
She is the centre of this love triangle a freethinking, free-loving
modern woman putting ideals above babies.
Balancing love and duty, lover and husband, ever sacrificing for
the good of others.
Payton as Osip Brik plays the husband masterfully with a strength
that gradually slips away as he compromises himself until there
is nothing left.
Tompkins as Annushka plays the old maidservant with a delightful
cockney humour that lightens every scene.
Her wisdom and verse concerned with more practical matters as in
Do you want mouse shit in our soup? Thats the question!
Trafford has pulled off that rare feat a new play about something.
The title is taken from one of Mayakovskys poems. The script
moves seamlessly from dialogue to verse and back.
The only clue being the titles projected on
set conveys a sense of Russia with its blood red walls and book-burning
The ladders, which they often climb, add height to their passions
as the bare light bulbs throw light into their souls.
*A Cloud In Trousers' run at the Burton Taylor Theatre has finished.
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