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Walpurgis Night by Venedikt Erofeev – a little-known Soviet play in a new translation

This is a play of satisfying contradictions: a funny Tragedy on the subject of punitive psychiatry in a style which combines plausible realism with literary flourish, writes Noah Birksted-Breen.

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Remember, remember… the first of July 2014…

The 1st of July 2014 seems to represent a sea change. It is hard to see it as anything else but a point of no return. A new law will come into force which bans swearing in films, TV, literature and in the theatre. This is a law censoring the arts – it is the first of its kind since 1991.

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The most innovative Russian theatre director at the World Shakespeare Festival 2012

Dmitry Krymov’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream in Stratford-upon-Avon and Edinburgh this August – highly recommended! Dmitry Krymov is one of the most innovative directors to emerge in Moscow in the last decade. He began as a stage designer in the mid-1970s, often creating sets for his father, the great director Anatoly Efros. From the […]

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Life after the presidential elections for Russia’s new writing theatres

A blog by Noah Birksted-Breen “I’ve just got back from Russia, supported by a StepBeyond grant from the European Cultural Foundation – where I met with Elena Gremina, who many consider to be Russia’s foremost political playwright, most famous for her play One Hour Eighteen Minutes, a landmark documentary play about the death of whistle-blowing […]

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    Sputnik is a British theatre company dedicated to sourcing, translating and producing new Russian drama for British audiences.

    There are several strands to Sputnik's work including:
    - producing new Russian plays in the UK
    - programming and organising the Russian Theatre Festival in London
    - developing Russian playwriting through commissions and exchanges
    - outreach work bringing drama to disadvantaged young people
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    Why Russia?
    Russia has a history of theatrical innovation. Russian playwrights have played a significant role in shaping modern European theatre.

    Contemporary playwriting in Russia has been going through an important and innovative period since 1991 with a prolific output by predominantly young dramatists.

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