Produced by

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written by

Chris Goode


He’s just a lowly bureaucrat. A pen-pusher. He knows the boss’s daughter is way out of his league, and he knows his deepest desires are truly unspeakable. That’s just the way it has to be… until, that is, he starts to overhear the local dogs talking to each other. Suddenly he realises that all the certainties that have kept him in his place are starting to unravel, betraying a series of previously unsuspected truths that will lead him ultimately to a profound and astonishing revelation about his own existence…

Delightful, funny and bleakly beautiful; Chris Goode’s new adaptation of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman is a playful and relentlessly gripping journey into a world spiralling out of control. Lead by Lucy Ellinson (nominated for Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her performance in Grounded at The Gate Theatre) MAD MAN retains all of the original story’s timeless capacity to startle, confound, disturb and delight.


Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 20th March - Saturday 5th April 2014


 “Cartoonish and careering, this play constantly bursts its frame with dance sequences, while Lucy Ellinson’s Pushpin is extraordinary”
The Guardian

“Fast, fun and thrillingly original”
Exuent Magazine

“Ellinson is outstanding in the role; her performance had the audience experiencing every kind of emotion, from roaring laughter to genuine fear”
The Knowledge

“Ellinson’s engaging voiceovers and wry commentary, tremendous timing and facial expression draws us into a mundane world turning on its head and slowly disintegrating”

“The production explodes with dramatic surprise”
Plymouth Herald


The Director
Nigel Barrett

Gemma Brockis

Lucy Ellinson

Gareth Kieran Jones

Creative Team

Writer, Director and Sound Designer
Chris Goode

Set and Costume Designer
Janet Bird

Lighting Designer
Katharine Williams

Assistant Director
Jennifer Tang