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Additional dates

The Beggar’s Theatre, Millom, Cumbria, Thursday 19th September’

Cardinal Clinic, Windsor, Monday 7th October

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Poprishchin, a lowly civil servant in nineteenth century St. Petersburg, has fallen in love with his boss’s daughter. Not all love stories have a happy ending ...

Surreal, hilarious and heartbreaking - Gogol's masterpiece remains one of the most compelling representations of madness ever conceived ...

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Creative Team

Steve Hennessy - Adaptation

Steve was Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre from 2004 to 2007. Steve has had twenty-two plays staged in Bristol, London, Manchester and elsewhere, and four radio plays broadcast in Britain, Ireland and Germany. Steve founded and runs Stepping Out Theatre, the country's leading mental health theatre group, working with mental health service users and producing work exploring mental health themes.

His play Still Life won the Venue magazine 'Best New Play' award in 2001 and Moonshadow was a Time Out Critics’ Choice Show of the Week in 2009.

His acclaimed quartet of linked plays Lullabies of Broadmoor was produced in 2011 and toured to five cities over thirteen weeks. It tells the stories of five of Broadmoor Hospital’s best known patients from the 19th century. Steve studied Russian at Keele University and has written a play about Nikolai Gogol’s life (The Inhabitants of the Moon are Noses) and a play about the composer Musorgsky (Deathsong).


Chris Loveless - Director

Chris trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has worked at/for: Ambassador Theatre Group, BBC TV, Bristol Old Vic, C venues, The Dukes, European Ballet, The Finborough, Hackney Empire, Live Theatre, The Lowry, Lyric Hammersmith, National Youth Theatre, Novello Theatre Ascot, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Theatre Royal Bath & Ustinov, Theatre West, and the Union Theatre, amongst many others.

Chris is Artistic Director of Fallen Angel Theatre Company, Associate Director of both Stepping Out Theatre Company and The Ashton Group, and former Associate Director of the White Bear Theatre. His productions have received widespread critical acclaim and several have been named critics’ choice by the Evening Standard or Time Out. He has on three occasions been granted Arts Council individual funding for his work, and in 2010 was nominated for the Off West End Theatre Award for Best Director. www.chrisloveless.com


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Anthony Hoskyns - Poprishchin

Anthony trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include Five Kinds of Silence (The White Bear Theatre), Blavatsky's Tower (Brockley Jack) directed by Chris Loveless, As You Like It, Lone Star (OSO Barnes) directed by Ross Livingstone, The Age of Consent (The Drill Hall) directed by Kevin Trainor, She Stoops to Conquer (Nuffield Theatre Southampton) directed by Patrick Sandford, Romeo and Juliet (BAC) directed by Polly Findlay.

Television and Radio credits include; Eastenders (BBC1), Trinity (ITV2) and A Dance to the Music of Time (BBC Radio 4).

Lighting Design - Chris Whitwood

Movement Director - Rachel Ashton

Graphic Design - Ann Stiddard

Costume - Penn O’Gara

Sound design - Alex Linney

Production Photography - Christopher Holmes Photography

With thanks to Robert Bristow, Alison Hoskyns & Ross Hughes.

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Stepping Out Theatre

"The work Stepping Out Theatre is doing should be supported by all interested in a society that is healthy. Stepping Out understands and does not shy away from the possibility that theatre, the ancient art of these islands North West of Europe, is a transformative and healing activity which brings joy into people's lives. If you want to hear something true, go and hear what Stepping Out Theatre are saying. I only found myself in theatre, and I hear that Stepping Out is helping other people do the same. I have great hopes for this company and deep respect for what they are doing right now."  -  Mark Rylance (PATRON)

Formed in 1997, based in Bristol, and with forty productions to its credit, Stepping Out Theatre is the country’s leading mental health theatre group. It has produced a wide range of work on mental health themes and is open to people who have used mental health services and their allies.

The group focuses on producing plays, but also runs drama, writing, dramatherapy, dance and music workshops. It offers mental health service users the opportunity to work alongside people with professional experience of writing, directing and acting, some of whom are service users themselves. Stepping Out Theatre is a registered charity.   


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