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The Promise by Aleksei Arbuzov

31st January 2005

Dear all,
`The Promise` by Aleksei Arbusov is being put on by The Hobbs Factory in Primrose Hill,
Best wishes

"Hundreds and hundreds of thousands perished, so that we could be happy and extraordinary and triumphant! And what are we now? Lika, try and remember your promise."

The Hobbs Factory presents The Promise by Aleksei Arbuzov, from 2 – 6th and 10 – 12th February at 7.30.

It is 1942, during the savage Nazi siege of Leningrad. Alone and desperate, teenage Lika takes refuge in an empty apartment when her family home is destroyed. When its owner, Marat, arrives, young love blossoms, but is complicated by the sudden arrival of Leonidik, who desperately needs their help. The three form an intense triangle that dominates their lives for the next decades. They become heroes of the Soviet Union, and promise themselves to fulfil their youthful ideals, but will the shadows of war ever die away?

Arbuzov`s Russian classic is a rare look inside the Soviet Union by one of its contemporaries. This work is immensely popular in Russia itself and played in dozens of theatres after its premiere in 1965. Since then, it has been the only Soviet play to appear in the West End and has had several revivals in the UK.

The Promise the latest effort by The Hobbs Factory. This company was formed by recent graduates keen on putting their passion for theatre into practice. In October 2004, its inaugural work was a well-received, sell-out production of Marivaux`s The Game of Love and Chance. The Hobbs Factory`s resident venue, a converted shoe factory, adds unique atmosphere to is performance, and is the ideal place to recreate the Soviet Union of The Promise. Additionally, the company will host two free post-show talks in connection with this production: `Starting a Theatre Company from Scratch` on 4th February, and `The Promise Unwrapped` on 11th February.

Emma Serlin, artistic director of the The Hobbs Factory, directs The Promise. Emma read English at Edinburgh University, and later studied acting at the Oxford School of Drama, promptly setting up the company upon her graduation in 2004. Caroline O`Hara (Lika) trained at Webber Douglas, where she starred as Rosalind in As You Like It and Etta in Etta James. Since graduating from LAMDA, Alex Waldmann (Leonidik) has been involved in a number of exciting projects for Kings Head Theatre, Young Vic and Soho Theatre. Trained at the Oxford School of Drama, Paul Thomas (Marat) appeared as Clint in Ché Walker`s production of The Glory of Living, and also in the Hobbs Factory`s The Game of Love and Chance.


Performance Dates: 2 – 6th February, 10 – 12th February (Press Night: 3rd February)
Performance Time: 7.30pm (Doors open 7pm)
Ticket Prices: £10, £8.00 (Concessions), and £6. (Student groups of 5 or more)
Ticket Reservations: 0207 482 0589 or [removed]
All seating is unreserved. Please pay in cash at the door.

Address: The Hobbs Factory, 122 Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill, NW1 8HX
Parking: Street parking is limited.
Public Transport: Chalk Farm (Northern Line), Buses 24, 27, 31, 168

If you would like further information about The Hobbs Factory or The Promise, please contact: Danielle Capretti, Marketing Manager on 0207 482 0589 or [removed]

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