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Gregory Burke

Gagarin Way

First Slovenian production

Director

Matjaž Zupančič

Opening night

16 May 2003
Small Stage

 

Duration:

110 minut

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR

Tina Mahkota

Drama Igralec: Tina Mahkota | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER

Janja Korun

Drama Igralec: Janja Korun | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Gaja Pöschl

Drama Igralec: Gaja Pöschl | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Jernej Šugman

Garry

I wanted to write something about the twentieth century and I wanted to write something about economics and I wanted to write about men and it turned into Gagarin Way. A comedy. I didn’ expect it to be a comedy but when you consider the themes which emerged while I wrote it – Marxist and Hegelian theories of history, anarchism, psychopathology, existentialism, mental illness, political terrorism, nihilism, globalisation and the crisis in masculinity – then it couldn’t really be anything else.
Gregory Burke

Gagarin Way is a shocking, blacker-then-black comedy, a foul-mouthed violent satire in the Mamet mould, with the central character behaving astonishingly like a modern day Jimmy (Look Back In Anger) Porter, trashing around in a world where there are no good brave causes left.
A tight four-hander, it is set in a warehouse in Fife. This was one of the few areas where the sitting MP was a communist in the Sixties, and passionate political commitment was meat and drink to the miners and shipbuilders.
But this is now, and the mines and ships are history. Tom, an innocent graduate in politics, economics and a smattering of philosophy, has become embroiled in a heist in which two working-class wannabe revolutionaries have kidnapped a businessman. Their declared intention is to kill him as a protest against global capitalism, or as they put it, because “we’ve had enough of everythin”. But it all goes hilariously, hideously wrong. (…)
What makes Burke stand out, however, is that for all the play’s jokiness, cynicism and contrived cleverness he has something to say about the world today which makes him a rarity among contemporary playwrights. A distinctive voice and bold talent, well worth listening to.
Georgina Brown, Mail on Sunday

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