Trotsky and Friends is the first stage play by Brendan Black, which premiered with sold-out shows and satisfied audiences at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, undertook a regional tour to Stratford, Bendigo and Traralgon in July and August 2016, and was performed again at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival to double the number of patrons as last year!
A huge thanks to my cast and everyone from La Mama Theatre for making our 2017 MICF season our best run yet!
The time: January, 1913. The setting: Café Central, Vienna, Austria.
Leon Trotsky struggles to finish a manuscript before its deadline, but is interrupted by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, whose bitter feuding and brazen rivalry show no sign of abating. Vladimir Lenin, keen to push on with his plans for the revolution while suffering from a venereal disease, introduces Leon to an ambitious Joseph Stalin and an impressionable Tito, yet the four quarrel and compete unceasingly.
With the arrival of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, the composer Alma Mahler, and a penniless artist, Leon’s desire for a productive writing session and enjoyable dinner quickly descends into farce, with the group’s interactions, arguments and celebrations helping to shape their own lives and the future of humanity.
Based on true events and characters, Trotsky and Friends is the first work to bring together this motley bunch of 20th-century personalities, in a rollicking tale of what happens when big egos, big IQs and big doses of alcohol collide in a confined space.
Characters & Cast
LEON TROTSKY – Vlady T
SIGMUND FREUD – Lawrie Fildes
VLADIMIR LENIN – Chris Gaffney
JOSEPH STALIN – Tommy Kay
CARL JUNG – Matthew Parker
JOSIP BROZ ‘TITO’ – Marcus Cain
ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND – Colin Donald
DUCHESS SOPHIE – Milijana Cancar
ALMA MAHLER – Tasha Sanders
PENNILESS ARTIST – Marcus Cain
LUDWIG THE WAITER – David Todman