Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain

10 December 2012

A stunning portrayal of a revolutionary poet of the people...

Salida Productions and the Mercury Theatre present
Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain
Written by Andrew Rattenbury
Directed by Michael Vale
Performed by Ed Hughes
Ferguson Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Tuesday 15 - Saturday 19 January 2013, various performance times (see below)
Tickets: Tickets: £10, £8 RSC members, £5 16-25 years
Box Office: 0844 800 1110

'Andrew Rattenbury has constructed an intensely concentrated short play for just one actor. The audience is not there to merely absorb the story - it is required to reflect the convictions and bitterness of what is before it.'

Salida Productions and the Mercury Theatre present their critically acclaimed drama based on the life of Vladimir Mayakovsky, poet, political artist, playwright and leading figure in the Russian Futurist Movement. Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain plays in the Ferguson Room at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre between Tuesday 15 and Saturday 19 January 2013.

Born a forester's son in Tsarist Russia, Mayakovsky became a leading figure in the Bolshevik led revolution and an opponent of the bureaucracy until his suicide in 1930.

Eccentric, unpredictable, with a keen sense of the ridiculous, Mayakovsky was a master showman performing in factories and halls across Russia, commanding audiences of thousands in an epoch of wars and revolutions.

Ed Hughes gives a stunning performance as Vladimir Mayakovsky in this one man play, capturing his intense energy and passionate polemic, and shedding new light on one of the most influential figures in Soviet political and literary circles. Ed is currently performing in the acclaimed This House by James Graham at the National Theatre, in a production which will be transferring into the Olivier Theatre in 2013. Ed's other credits include the RSC's The Canterbury Tales.

Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain runs alongside Michael Boyd's RSC production of Boris Godunov. Based on the play by the great Russian writer, Alexander Pushkin, this new adaptation by Adrian Mitchell runs in repertoire in the Swan Theatre until 30 March 2013.

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Performance schedule for Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain
Tuesday 15 January, 7.45pm
Wednesday 16 January, 5pm
Thursday 17 January, 1pm and 5pm
Friday 18 January, 7.45pm
Saturday 19 January, 5pm

About Salida Productions
Salida Productions are Ed Hughes, Andrea Pelaez and Michael Vale. Formed in 2009 their first production was Romeo and Juliet with Astillero Tango Orchestra, a co-production with the Mercury Theatre Colchester. The show was awarded a UNESCO High Achievement Award, and was one of the most successful shows in the Mercury Theatre's 40 year history.

In 2011 they premiered Gutter Junky by David Kantounas at the Edinburgh Festival, and most recently Formby, a one man play about the life of George Formby directed by Ed Hughes and written and performed by Ewan Wardrop, was a critical success at the festival in 2012 in a co-production with the Riverside Studios and Assembly. Formby will be touring the UK and Internationally in 2013.

About the Mercury Theatre
The Mercury Theatre is a highly respected regional theatre staging a broad mix of classics and new writing as well as working extensively within the local community. It produces the highest quality theatre in Colchester and is a venue for the best touring theatre and entertainment as well as providing a platform for local performing arts groups and artists.

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