What happens when vodka and philosophy collide in a confined space?
Trotsky and Friends is the first stage play by Melbourne-based writer and filmmaker Brendan Black, which premieres at the Owl and Cat Theatre in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016. Listen to the interview of the cast with Michael Cathcart on ABC Radio National Books & Arts here.
This is great work by Bon Voyage Productions for a 'first play' by Black with convincing characterisation of Trotsky (Vlady T), Freud (Lawrie Fildes), Lenin (Albert Goikhman), Jung (Jan Mihal), Mahler (Dayna Boase) and the Penniless Artist (Marcus Cain) and works well in the intimacy of the Owl and Cat Theatre.
Trosky is revealed as the true psychologist as he tries to facilitate conversation between strong charismatic intellectuals and leaders of the time, whilst penning his book about the future of Europe, the worker, capitalism and socialist values. Stalin, Mahler, Tito, Ferninand, and a penniless artist join the discussion over copious bottles of vodka…and the rest is history!