Moving Music Theatre Bitola: Diary of a Madman

Date created: 10.06.2019.
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Moving Music Theatre Bitola
in association with
Centre of Culture - Bitola

Diary of a Madman
a mono-opera
based on the short story by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol


Musical score, set design and directed by Marjan Nećak

Performed by Ozren Grabarić

Video by Marin Lukanović

Running time: 60 minutes

Original language: English and Spanish


“Diary of a Madman” by N. V. Gogol is considered to be one of the earliest detailed record of schizophrenia, long before the disease got its recognition and name in the medical practice. However, Gogol’s short story doesn’t analyse the disease in the medical sense, but rather questions the world in which the individual struggles to make sense of his identity and social status. Gogol, in a lucid manner - through the disease of Poprishchin, speaks about the disease of the society and reminds us that all of us are in some kind of conflict with the reality. Which reality is more real? The one we read about in the newspapers, the one we observe in our immediate vicinity, or the one inside us?