‘Diary of a Madman’, performed by Jeroen Kranenburg, will show at the Intimate Theatre from Tuesday November 27 at 8 pm nightly for a very short season.
The play is regarded as being simultaneously Gogol’s most touching tragedy and his funniest comedy. This tale is told by a madman and a dog and contains some of Gogol’s most believable and real human beings, including the dogs.
Kranenburg studied for Performers Diploma at UCT from 1975 to 78 and after a season with PACT Playwork emigrated to the Netherlands and stayed till 1995. During that period he worked with various companies throughout the continent, i.e. Sheer Madness Fools Theatre, Berlin Play Actors and several one-man shows including ‘Diary of a Madman’, which premiered in Amsterdam in 1992. In 1995 he returned to Cape Town and has been active on several stages including Artscape: (‘Buckingham Palace/District Six’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Autodidact’, ‘Witnesses’, ‘As You Like It’, ‘Taming of the Shrew’); Baxter Theatre: (‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, ‘Amadeus’, ‘Twaalfde Nag’); and with The Mechanicals: (‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘King Lear’); as well as The Fugard: (‘Statements after an Arrest under the Immorality Act’)’ amongst others. Kranenburg has been nominated for best supporting actor this year for ‘After Cardenio’.
‘Diary of a Madman’ forms part of a six-part series of theatrical portraits, including Dostoyevsky’s ‘Notes from Underground’, Turgenev’s ‘Fathers and Sons’, Chekov’s ‘The Boring Man’, Tolstoy’s ‘A Confession’ and Maxim Gorky’s ‘Life of a Useless Man’.
* ‘Diary of a Madman must end on Saturday December 2. Tickets at R100 can be reserved at 021 480 7129 (during day) or 078 016 7980 (after hours). Performances are at 8pm sharp.