Techniques of Breathing in an Airlocked Space

“this is a poetic, allegorical but also lucid dispatch from a country in crisis”Metro

“Moshina’s dialogue shifts mischievously between profound musings on God and his apparent disinterest in capitalism, to flippant, sardonic one-liners” Time Out

“…credit must go to Noah Birksted-Breen, the translator and director of this new Russian play. The script remains intimately rooted in its context without losing any of its urgency and impact, and his staging is unflaggingly inventive.” Metro

“… some finely tuned performances… an electrifying monologue on Russia’s incipient implosion…” Time Out

Sputnik Theatre is the first company to co-produce work with Free Theatre (Belarus) in the UK. Free Theatre is an underground theatre company, whose productions are banned in their home country, their Patrons are Vaclav Havel and Sir Tom Stoppard. Sputnik staged the European Premiere of Natalia Moshina’s play, winner of the Annual Playwriting Competition organised by Free Theatre.

  • 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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