Crime & Punishment
by fyodor dostoyevsky
Rodion Raskolnikov, a former student, spends his days up in a filthy fifth-storey room in St Petersburg plotting the murder of an old pawn-broker woman. He has convinced himself that he is a rare kind of Superman (in the Nietzschen sense), a select individual born with a unique right to commit any manner of crime for the betterment of Humanity. Withdrawn from friends, family and the future he was working towards, he has become increasingly lost in his head and is no longer able to perceive clear boundaries between dreams and reality.
Half mad, he commits the crime, with awful consequences – consequences he finds himself unable to step beyond. To his surprise, the murder(s) turns out to be a violation of his inner sense of moral justice. Hope of redemption lies with the shrewd police inspector Porfiry Petrovich, the prostitute, Sonya, his friend Razumikhin and his sister, Dounia. Unable to justify the murder of ‘louses’, Raskolnikov must find a way to reconnect with others and begin the difficult journey out of spiritual bankruptcy through denial, confession, self-renunciation and, ultimately, redemption.
We performed stage adaptations of C&P in London in 2008 and 2010, making the show into a low-budget feature in 2015 with just three actors.
Filming took place in the dustiest garret you could possibly imagine, which was just perfect! You can watch the whole film on our YouTube Channel.