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.

Their plays ran from Tuesday 24th of June to Saturday 28th June, at 7.45pm, along with five short plays by British playwrights, selected by Theatre 503, including one by the renowned British playwright Steve Waters.

“Sounds of Silence” by Nina Belenitskaya was translated by Sputnik’s artistic director, Noah Birksted-Breen.

“The Priest” by Evgeny Kazachkov is translated by Elizabeth Moore, a graduate of Russian from Oxford University and assistant director on Sputnik’s production One Hour Eighteen Minutes (2012).

These performances were produced by Theatre 503 in association with Sputnik Theatre Company.

“An intriguing selection of plays with a very good cast about a very complex country with very complex issues.” (UK Theatre Network review)

Booking and more information via the Theatre 503 website.

  • 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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