13 June / 17:00
Chamber Theatre - main stage
Andrey Platonov "Fools on the Periphery"

Scenography - Yuri Suchkov, Mikhail Bychkov

Costume designer - Yuri Suchkov

Musical arrangement - Vladislav Toletsky

Cast: Yuri Ovchinnikov, Elena Lukinyh, Ekaterina Savchenko, Andrey Novikov, Camille Tukaev, Boris Alekseev, Vadim Krivosheev, Mariya Malishevskaya, Lyudmila Guskova, Elena Dakhina, Alexander Tarasenko, Tatyana Chernyavskaya.
Music: Frederic Chopin, Pascal Comelade, Frank Pahl
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes with one intermission.

Premiered on September 24, 2011.

The story of Andrey Platonov’s dramaturgy is rather short. His prose was staged more often than plays that published too late. Created in 1928 «Fools on the periphery» was first published in 2006, but almost never caught the attention of directors (currently «Fools on the periphery» is in the repertoire of a few Russian theatres). However, its relevance is obvious. Platonov’s aphorisms: «a new child want to be a consumer», «future had never been», «we don’t have things – we have relationship» cause laughter. It becomes clear that it was time to reveal a theatrical heritage of the writer.

There are no modern technologies in performance of the Chamber Theatre, everything is concentrated on the actors and mise en scenes. Soviet reality is caricatured to the absurd and it is recognizable today because it is not buried - it only became more surreal.

Mikhail Bychkov is a famous Russian theatre director. Created about 100 performances in different cities of Russia, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, many of which were shown in Germany, Poland, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland and Ukraine.
Over the past 10 years he was six times nominated for the Golden Mask National Theatre Award as best director and won the award of the festival «New Drama» in 2003 as «Best Director».

In 1993 he established the Chamber Theatre in Voronezh. The performances of the theatre «Uncle's Dream» (2001), «Miss Julie» (2002), «Winter» (2003) and «Electra and Orestes» (2011) became the participants of the Golden Mask Festival. Tatiana Kutihina was awarded the Golden Mask National Theatre Award in 2001 (role of Moskaleva).

In 2011 Mikhail Bychkov became the Head of the International Platonov Arts Festival that took place in Voronezh, from 4 to June 17, 2011 for the first time.