WRITTEN BY ELCHIN / TRANSLATED BY SANAN ALIYEV / DIRECTED BY MATTHEW GOULD
MY FAVOURITE MADMAN
My Favourite Madman is a wonderfully playful show, and certainly something different! ★★★★ Everything Theatre
My Favourite Madman, set in Baku city in 1995, is a roller coaster ride of anarchic fun. The farcical element of the different characters, all in their own reality of the abnormal and suicidal challenges the functioning of the whole. Which voice amongst the characters is that of the madman? Everyone could be “the madman” but natural that it is the one “sane” voice in the chaos of fantasy that is given the title.
ELCHIN AFANDIYEV is one of the most eminent exponents of contemporary Azerbaijani writing and critics today describe him as one of its living classics. His first novel was published at the age of 16 and his subsequent writing encompasses a broad field, ranging from Azerbaijani folklore and classical Eastern literature to the works of Shakespeare and Moliere. He has since had over 100 books translated into more than 20 languages, which have sold millions copies worldwide.
My Favourite Madman is a complex essay on cultural heritage, fractured identities, and nation formation
If this is an example of the humour and theatre that can come from Azerbaijani/UK collaboration then we should welcome more examples like it with open arms.
Karl O’Doherty, The Public Reviews
A very different piece of theatre which is enjoyable and engaging, and stays with you long after leaving the venue.
Views From The Gods
...the play is both entertaining and deep. Topped with an outstanding cast performance and great lightning effects..., it makes for a great production which raises philosophical and social questions while keeping its absurdist charm.
Varvara Bashkirova, Russian Art and Culture
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