Interview with Finnish theatre artist, Elli Salo

Thinking with the body Elli Salo is an artist with many strings to her bow. Playwright, writer, author of radio plays, translator, teacher. In recent years, you would be just as likely to hear her plays in Finnish and international theatres as you would be to hear them in libraries, museums and on the radio […]

Interview With Noah Birksted-Breen: Falling In Love With New Russian Plays

The Theatre Times Interview with Noah Birksted-Breen

New Russian Drama: an interview with Graham Schmidt, an American theatre director

AK: How would you define New Russian Drama in a single word?

GS: Fresh. I know that this term does not describe a specific theme or style, but as far as I can tell, there was no single theme or group of themes or unifying style that holds these plays together. New Russian Drama was, however, fresh relative to the plays that were being staged at the time.

Interview with Noah Birksted-Breen on BBC Russian Service

One Hour Eighteen Minutes

We Are Becoming More Simple

One of the most renown Russian playwrights on his play “Tityus the Irreproachable”

Theatres Are Scared of Experimenting

Yaroslava Pulinovich’s view on Russian theatre

Modern Drama in Belarus

Interview with Natalia Kolyada, “Free Theatre”, Belarus

Magic of Russian theatre

Vladimir Zuev talks about the current state of Russian drama, his plays and the ways to bring Russian theatre to UK.

“..There are a lot of budding playwrights around nowadays. As a result the standard of plays put on at the competitions and festivals varies greatly.”

  • About Us

    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
    - cultural events with Russian literature and music

    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.

  • Support Theatre Company