Past Productions: A Cloud In Trousers

A Cloud in Trousers

A tragi-comedy about sex, poetry, politics and love

A new play by Steve Trafford
  • Directed by: Damian Cruden
  • Designed by: Simon Banham
  • Music by: Christopher Madin
  • Lighting by: Jude Cloke
  • Cast: Elizabeth Mansfield, Mark Payton, John Sackville, Gilly Tompkins

A Cloud in Trousers is a new play by Steve Trafford about the Russian Futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, and his relationships with Lili and Osip Brik. A Cloud in Trousers starts in the Stray Dog café and takes you to Moscow where this extraordinary threesome are living out a passionate and troubled ménage à trois. Whilst outside, on the streets, three hundred million people are changing the world, turning it upside down in the Bolshevik revolution, these three are trying to realise their revolutionary ideal of free love, without possessiveness, without jealousy.

Mayakovsky, who began as a 'punk poet', a 'Futurist', revelling in revolution – 'Pub crawlers pull your hands from your pants/ Grab bombs, cobblestones, scythes or instead/ Those of you who haven't got arms or hands/ Batter at the walls with your heads' - became celebrated as the greatest Russian poet of the 20th century.

An original score accompanied this production.

  • An
  • co-production with the
World Premiere Tour 2004
  • YORK Theatre Royal Studio
  • Merlin Theatre, FROME
  • The Lighthouse, POOLE
  • Southwark Playhouse, LONDON
  • Theatre by the Lake, KESWICK
  • Emlyn Williams Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, MOLD
  • The Marsden Theatre, Worden Arts & Crafts Centre, LEYLAND
  • Angles Theatre, WISBECH
  • Burton Taylor Studio, OXFORD Playhouse
  • Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal BATH
A Cloud in Trousers