FAM – an original hip-hop drama

FAM is an original hip-hop drama written and performed by Stanza Divan and Lady Sanity exploring notions of black British identity, urban music and racial injustice.

Peace and Tranquility by Andrii Bondarenko (trans. John Farndon)

Peace and Tranquility is an original drama written two weeks after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This drama conjures up playwright Andrii Bondarenko’s life in Ukraine: the peace and tranquility of his boyhood – bookended by historical traumas, revolutions and war. The playwright vividly evokes the joys and sorrows of life in Ukraine, through the story of his grandmother, mother and sister, as well as his own biography. Real photos from Bondarenko’s life are used in the film to portray personalities, locations and local histories – the many textures that make up contemporary Ukraine.

Oxygen by Ivan Viripaev, trans. Sasha Dugdale

OXYGEN by Ivan Viripaev, written in 2003, was the manifesto of a new type of Russian play – bold, artistically experimental and politically-charged. This new adaption re-imagines OXYGEN with original lyrics written and performed by Lady Sanity and Stanza Divan, two talented young UK hip-hop artists…

The War Hasn’t Yet Started by Mikhail Durnenkov

Sputnik is delighted that one of the four plays presented at Power, Politics and Performance in January 2016 is being given a London run at Southwark Playhouse, 10 January – 20 February 2018, produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Fear and Loathing in Russia Today

Over eighteen months, Sputnik worked with the BBC to commission, develop and translate three new Russian plays for broadcast in the UK.

The War Has Not Yet Started by Mikhail Durnenkov

Sputnik is delighted that one of the four plays presented at Power, Politics and Performance in January 2016 is being produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth from 12 – 28 May 2016.

Power, Politics and Performance in Russia: 12 to 15 January 2016

Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Frontline Club in association with Sputnik Theatre Company present a festival of new Russian plays, translated into English by Sputnik’s artistic director Noah Birksted-Breen. The plays are accompanied by a programme of post-show talks by top Russian playwrights, political activists and journalists.

Is It Getting Cold In Here?

Sputnik commissioned two Russian playwrights, Nina Belenitskaya and Evgeny Kazachkov, to write short plays, for a week of performances at Theatre 503 on the theme of contemporary Russia.

One Hour Eighteen Minutes

Following the success of the staged reading in 2011, Sputnik staged a full production of the cult hit from Russia, ONE HOUR EIGHTEEN MINUTES by Elena Gremina from 13 November to 1st of December, 2012, at the New Diorama Theatre in London.

The Russian Theatre Festival at Soho Theatre

Sputnik launched the first Russian Theatre Festival in the UK. Four new Russian-language plays were translated into English and premiered at the Soho Theatre. “Anyone following the developments of Russian drama would do well to follow what [Festival Director] Noah Birksted-Breen is up to. He is on a mission to ensure that Russian drama will […]

Slow Sword

Sputnik Theatre is the first company to stage Klavdiyev’s work in the UK. This was the World Premiere of Slow Sword.

Techniques of Breathing in an Airlocked Space

Sputnik staged the European Premiere of Natalia Moshina’s play, winner of the Annual Playwriting Competition organised by Free Theatre.

Russian National Mail

Sputnik Theatre is the first company to bring the work of iconic new Russian playwright Oleg Bogaev to the UK. This production was the British Premiere of Russian National Mail.

  • 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.

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