In the midst of my procrastination of exam revision, I found myself wondering what the next decade would bring for art. I decided to write an article on my theatrical predictions for 2030, delaying my revision even more but at least being a tad productive.
In the past decade I would argue that physical theatre has really come to fruition and in the next ten years theatre will continue the emphasis on movement. It is only recently we have seen simple plots really rise through the ranks, such as the premise of ‘Marriage Story’ (the film). I’m not sure if this will continue but what I do envisage is a rise in psychopathic Killing-Eve-esque dramatizations. Maybe a modernisation of Jekyll and Hyde which will address a modern audience just as prominently as the book did when first released in 1886.
Most of my predictions are erratic stabs in the dark; however, there is one that I am so certain of that I will buy a drink for every member of The Badger if this hasn’t happened by 2030. I am convinced someone is going to create a musical about the russian revolution.
The musical shall start from when Lenin found out about the Tsar’s abdication to the storming of the Winter Palace. The first big musical number will finish as Lenin exits the train in Petrograd after travelling from Sweden with Germany’s help. The next song would naturally be called ‘April Theses’ and try to establish Lenin as a populist to the average Russian person. ‘Peace, land and bread’ would definitely be a contributing line of the chorus, or possibly chanted satanically. The July Days would get a mention and would probably happen at the end of act one to instill some dread in the viewer. It would be a cliffhanger so I reckon the audience wouldn’t leave during the intermission.
The execution of Sasha Ilyanov, Lenin’s brother, would probably also get a mention so the audience understood some of Lenin’s motivation. This could be done in a reflective solo by Lenin, maybe right before he storms the Winter Palace or is just having a bit of a breakdown. Much like Shakespeare’s use of the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Kerensky would be a comedic figure where the audience could jovially watch as he struggled to control Russia and the Provisional Government, turn to substance abuse and end up fleeing the Winter Palace as it was stormed, dressed in a nurses costume.
How this hasn’t already occurred I don’t know but after the worldwide success of Les Miserables, I think revolutionary musicals are on the rise. So, history A-level teachers and laymans alike, be prepared to sing along about communism, the manipulation of marxist principles, poster man Trotsky and backroom boy Stalin. I would have called the musical ‘1917’ but there’s now a film called that, so to avoid confusion, if it was me writing this musical I would call it ’Pravda’ or ‘Lenin’. Just a suggestion.Well, that is me done for this edition of The Badger. I will be sure to check back in a decade to see my predictions were remotely correct. Given I’m psychic (and think my ex-history teacher is already working on a russian revolution musical), I’ve probably got some bits right.
Iskusstvo (Art Publishing House), Moscow-Leningrad, 1949