Living Pictures in India


b. 1986, HK.

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Diary Of A Madman

Based on the classic short story by Nikolai Gogol.

Living Pictures present Nikolai Gogol’s compelling satire as part of the British Council UK India Year of Culture 2017. The show is performed by award-winning actor, Robert Bowman and directed by Olivier Award nominee Sinéad Rushe.

Poprishchin is a low ranking civil servant for the Government, struggling to make his mark on life, but one day he makes an amazing discovery. Could he really be the next King of Spain? Driven insane by government bureaucracy and hierarchy, Gogol’s dark comedy exposes one man’s reality spiraling deeper into a surreal fantasy world.

Diary Of A Madman has been invited by Lit Live Festival in Mumbai to perform at the National Centre for Performing Arts and at Prithvi Theatre.  The tour then continues to Ranga Shankara in Bengalaru, Odd Bird Theatre in Delhi and Centre Stage Festival in Kolkata.  

Living Pictures are collaborating with QTP, a theatre and arts management company based in Mumbai.  The companies are offering workshops on Shakespeare’s Timon Of Athens in Mumbai in association with the British Council. These will be open to actors and performers based in Mumbai, with a view to future collaborations with Welsh and Indian artists.

In 2014 the show was invited to perform in Armenia at HighFest Festival, Hay on Wye Festival and at Triad Stage, North Carolina USA. Also in 2014 Robert Bowman’s performance won a Wales Theatre Critics award for Best Actor. In 2015 Diary Of A Madman was performed as part of the British Council Showcase, and then toured to Here And Now Festival in Mannheim, Germany.  The show has toured extensively in the UK, and is being performed at Chapter, Cardiff, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon and Llangain Village Hall before touring to India.

Tour Information

Lit Live Festival, Mumbai: NCPA, Friday 17 November; Prithvi Theatre, Sunday 19 November

Ranga Shankara, Bengalaru: Sunday 26 November

Odd Bird Theatre, New Delhi: Friday 1 December – Saturday 2 December

British Council New Delhi: Monday 3 December

Centre Stage Festival, Kolkata: Thursday 7 December


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Living Pictures Productions are a registered charity formed in 1999 by Elen and Robert Bowman. The company patrons are: Mike Alfreds, Dominic Cooke MBE, Katie Mitchell OBE and Ian Rickson. The Company was formed to find new and engaging ways to develop and perform theatre art. They are regarded as a leading training company for director training in the UK.

Living Pictures stage and tour productions in Wales and the UK. Past productions include Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Miss Julie, Free from Sorrow, The Nest and Andromache. The company provide further development for emerging Directors, Writers and Actors in London, Derby, Glasgow, Cardiff and Carmarthen.

They are currently in preparation to build a Creative learning Eco-centre on a four acre site in Carmarthenshire. The Centre will offer a rare opportunity for UK theatre makers to take time to develop work and champion creative development for adults and children.

QTP is a theatre and arts management company that specialises in unique and engaging experiences for live audiences. For the last fifteen years the company has been producing its own work as well as touring remarkable international plays from the US, UK, China, and Canada. Their productions include the critically acclaimed So Many Socks, the hilarious The God of Carnage, the long running Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace and the successful A Peasant of El Salvador. They also manage Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai International Literary Festival, which takes place each November; and the youth theatre movement Thespo which is now in its 16th year. The various India tours that they have managed include HeLa (2014), The Tricky Part & All The Rage (2014), Mind Walking (2011) and To The Death of My Own Family (2007). They were also instrumental in building international collaborations like Nirbhaya (2013), Gates to India Song (2013), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2006-9).