DOSTOEVSKYS DREAM OF A RIDICULOUS MAN
A would-be suicide dreams of paradise and awakes to bring the world a message in George Dillon’s legendary solo staging of Fyodor Dostoevsky's final masterpiece.
Though written more than a hundred years ago, Dostoevsky’s Dream of a Ridiculous Man is a timeless dystopian parable of human nature, a lament for our follies and our collective drive towards damnation. His address to the audience starts slowly, but the roller-coaster of optimism and pessimism accelerates to a stunning conclusion which is paradoxically uplifting.
August 1990. In the few hopeful months between the fall of the Berlin Wall and Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait, George Dillon arrived in Edinburgh with Stunning the Punters (and Other Stories) directed by Laurence Boswell. The triple bill, featuring Dostoevsky’s Dream of a Ridiculous Man, received extraordinary reviews and marked the beginning of a 21-year career as a solo performer.
Dostoevsky’s Dream of a Ridiculous Man is one of six shows that George Dillon is performing in Edinburgh this year in celebration of 21 years of solo work, including The Gospel of Matthew and his latest work The Man Who Was Hamlet.
“Nowhere in the world will you hear a sharper sermon about human frailty this Sabbath... the craft of acting carried to a pinnacle of virtuosity.”
“I am applauding an unapologetic display of virtuosity until the blood runs... he has the vocal precision of a Gielgud, the physical presence and skill of Marceau, and a heart, mind, and attack that are all his own.”
“My spirits are restored by George Dillon's display of theatrical technique, timing and diction of flawless precision... His Dream of a Ridiculous Man is my Fringe discovery.”
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George Dillon's Tour Dates
(as of Sunday, 28 February 2021)