Photo: Rupert Graves
Rupert Graves is to make his debut as a director with The Ungrateful Biped, a one-man play starring and adapted by Philip Goodhew from Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky created the underground Man in 1864.
In doing so, he created one of the most paradoxical, self-lacerating and mesmerising characters in literature; the first existentialist anti-hero.
"The only valid function of an intelligent 21st-century person is the conscious spewing forth of emptiness.
Stuff and nonsense! Blather and guff! Yak yak yackety-yack."
Question: "what does a civilised man drivel on about with most satisfaction?"
Immured in a horrid basement flat in the hinterlands of London, an anonymous Man creates a video blog.
Haunted by disturbing memories and nurturing an abiding malice towards all humanity, including himself, he embarks on a forensic analysis of his "underground soul".
Sick, spiteful, and ugly, yet convinced of his own genius, he is tormented by the belief that his intelligence is a disease which, in an irrational world, renders him less valuable than an insect.
Bitter, alienated and crippled with inertia, the Man shamelessly revels in the depths of degradation he has plumbed in order to validate his existence and demands the right to screw up his life as he see fit.
After all, is he really any different to the rest of us?
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Tuesday ‑ 7‑00pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑00pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑00pm
Friday ‑ 7‑00pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑00pm
Author: Adapted by Philip Goodhew from Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Director: Rupert Graves