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The Suicide
By Nikolai Erdman

Translated by Peter Tegel

Presented by Red Phoenix Theatre and Holden Street Theatres


The Suicide is a 1924 satirical Russian comedy about an unemployed man, Semyon, who contemplates suicide. When his thoughts become known, a variety of characters try to persuade him to die in promotion of their cause – including artists, intellectuals, lovers and butchers. All plead their case and hope to gain publicity if Semyon dies in their name.

Suicide, you may think, is no joke, however, Nikolai Erdman’s comedy is a testament to the survival instinct of the individual in the face of crushing external and social forces.

When you consider the times in which it was written, the audacity is breathtaking. The Suicide continues to outlive its time in history and its concepts are used in marketing today. It celebrates the will to love, it argues for the right to work, and is filled with wonderful, wild and madcap humour.

The Suicide was banned by Stalin and Erdman was sent to a Siberian work camp for 20 years. The play was never performed in his lifetime. Today it is regarded as one of the finest plays to have come out of Communist Russia. Britain’s longest serving theatre critic, Michael Billington includes it in his collection of “The 101 Greatest Plays”.


Directed by Brant Eustice and featuring an outstanding cast including Kate, Anolak, Samuel Creighton, Michael Eustice, Ruby Faith, Sharon Malujlo, Geoff Revell, Nicole Rutty, Georgia Stockham, and Tom Tassone.

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The Suicide


Genre: Theatre

Season: 2023

Dates: 25 May - 3 Jun

Duration: 2hr 20min

25 May - 3 Jun @ 7:30pm
28 May @ 2pm

General Admission: $24.75
Concession: $20.75
Group (6+): $18.75

Venue: The Studio

32-34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh SA 5007


HST are making every effort to make our performances accessible to all patrons. Accessible seating is available in The Studio.



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