(or ' Why Democracy is Overrated and I Don't Miss It At All')
Commissioned for New Diorama Theatre's 10th Anniversary Season. Touring from 2023.
Their choice? To die on stage - or off it. Hahaha.
It's the clown show about totalitarianism.
We are back in a critically-acclaimed, beautiful and bonkers world premiere, informed and inspired by conversations with international artists living under authoritarian regimes.
Commissioned by New Diorama Theatre.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Cast & Creatives
Created by Rhum + Clay
Co-Directors & Performers Julian Spooner & Matt Wells
Composer & Musician Khaled Kurbeh
Co-Director Hamish Macdougall
Set & Costume Designer Blythe Brett
Lighting Designer Simeon Miller
Associate Director Mine Cerci
Production Manager & Technical Stage Manager Adam Jefferys
Sound Engineer Ben Grant
Assistant Director Sam Critchlow
Producer Grace Dickson
“This is shape-shifting, thought-provoking theatre that interrogates the world we live in, how artists fit into that, and what price we pay for choosing the easier options.”
"A devised performance that is as hilarious as it is heart-breaking, as deeply intimate as it is universal. Project Dictator is a breakneck guide to totalitarianism, taking in tin-pot military coups, the vapid platitudes of the modern electoral campaign, the rise of populism and the debasement of the human spirit—it is also very funny!"
***** Britsh Theatre Guide