How capriciously the deck is shuffled.
One of the most beautiful love stories ever told. One of the most subversive and slyly funny novels of the twentieth century.
In the hands of Daniel Schlusser Ensemble, Mikhail Bulgakov’s anarchic epic The Master and Margarita is funnelled through a contemporary context of political incarceration and sees religion, atheism and the politics of post-capitalism combust in a frenzy of dramatic defiance. From heart-breaking intimacy to explosive punk spectacle, M+M traverses the extremes of theatrical experience.
“This is an intelligent inquiry into a canonical text, but also a freeform, chaotic stage event; a Lynchian phantasmagoria, through which elements of Bulgakov’s novel refract with dreamlike logic…its emotional impact is direct, and devastating. Simultaneously vast and elliptical, it does more than justice to the complexity of the source material.”
Jana Perkovic, The Guardian
“Schlusser’s images are startling, visceral in their violence and beauty, yet artifice, humour and mundanity are never far away.”
Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Age
Johnny Carr, Josh Price, Nikki Shiels, Karen Sibbing, Emily Tomlins, Mark Winter, Edwina Wren
Daniel Schlusser Ensemble, inspired by Mikhael Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita
Romanie Harper, Anna Cordingley
Nicola Andrews, Niklas Pajanti
Composer/ Live Musician
Darrin Verhagen, James Paul
Sarah Ernst for Daniel Schlusser Ensemble in partnership with Melbourne Festival, Theatre Works, Hothouse Theatre (development partner), and with thanks to the Charlie Fund.
October 8, 2013