Years of performance: 2022

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.

  • 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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