Feast During the Plague

A musical adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s little tragedy for seven actors and nine musicians.

In the midst of a terrible plague a group of friends attempt to celebrate life, together. Led by an ebullient Master of The Revels, the villagers surreptitiously gather… to have a party…

Pushkin wrote this ‘little tragedy’ when he was in quarantine during a cholera epidemic. It is based on an Scottish play called City of the Plague, written in 1816 by John Wilson and depicts a society living perpetually under the stress of disease.

In Spring 2020 we returned to this piece with a project called The Feast During The Plague [REDUX 2020]. See this blog post for more details.


“brilliantly intense, funny, thrilling theatre which defies simple classification” The Stage

“A strikingly complex work brought to exuberant life by a cast of eight and a six piece band .. an impressive production fuelled by a smouldering mass of robustly observed often comic detail.” Time Out

“A promising debut from a young company who might be cloddish by name but never by nature.” Time Out


Directed by Suzy Willson
Music by Paul Clark
Designed by Sarah Blenkinsop
Translated by Anthony Wood

Performed at the BAC, 1995.


Nick Cohen, Gabrielle Epstein, Giovanni Fusetti, Alison Jones, Connor Lovett, Leisa Mererid, Sabina Netherclift, Jason Thorpe.

Supported by

Arts Council of England