Four contemporary Russian plays to be read at The Frontline Club, London. Translated by Noah Birksted-Breen, the plays give a kaleidoscopic picture of the challenges of living in modern Russia. Following the readings on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, there will discussions on issues raised by the plays. These will be led by eminent Russian directors, playwrights, British playwrights and journalists.
By Elena Iseva
Tuesday 12 January 2016, 7pm
A touching portrait of a doctors journey from medical graduate to leading surgeon in rural Russia.
By Yaroslava Pulinovich
Wednesday 13 January 2016, 7pm
A successful business woman takes revenge on her lover after she is jilted at the altar. Joan is a tale of love and ruthless business practice in 1990s Russia.
Grandchildren. The Second Act
By Alexandra Polivanova and Mikhail Kaluzhsky
Thursday 14 January 2016, 7pm
Centring on the grandchildren of members of Stalin’s inner circle, the play examines the individuals’ moments of the realisation about who these relatives were.
The War Has Not Yet Started
By Mikhail Durnenkov
Friday 15 January 2016, 7pm
Depicting the perverse logic of self-destruction; a dark comedy about the dehumanising effects of living in a society on the brink of an all-out war.
The War Has Not Yet Started was commissioned by A Play, A Pie and A Pint Theatre in collaboration with the National Theatre Scotland.