Gogol’s madman diary brought to life at Buxton

Published: 27 June 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Disturbing, dark and funny”: Diary of a Madman

Damn Cheek Productions is to present an online reading of Kelvin Segger’s dramatisation of Nikolai Gogol’s Diary of a Madman at Buxton Fringe.

The company’s co-founder and co-artistic director Darren Cheek will feature in the one-man show which is “by turns disturbing, dark and funny”.

Directed by Willie Elliott, Diary of a Madman portrays “a savage fall through anxiety, paranoia, hallucination and delusion in the depths of psychotic breakdown”. Gogol’s consideration of what is deemed to be madness is “as relevant today as when the short story was published in 1835”.

Founded in 2016 and originating during conversations in a Buxton pub, Damn Cheek Productions aims to tell stories “which explore political and philosophical issues in an entertaining and thought-provoking way”.

Diary of a Madman will be live at 8:15 PM on Wednesday 1 July and can be accessed on the Zoom web site. Donations can be made at the Damn Cheek Just Giving web site.