There is a performance of the Russian National Mail in aid of St Gregory's
Foundation's work with the elderly in Russia on 28th March.
The Return of Russian National Mail , a Russian play with talk and
collection in aid of Saint Gregory's Foundation
Russian National Mail is a prize-winning contemporary Russian play by Oleg
Bogaev which reflects post-communist poverty and despair with absurd
humour. First performed at the Old Red Lion theatre in Islington it is
returning for a season at the Battersea Arts Centre. The play revolves
around Ivan Sidorovich, an old-age pensioner living in a communal flat.
After the death of his wife and his friends he begins to write letters . .
. to Lenin, the Queen of England and others. Michael Billington in the
Guardian wrote: "What Bogaev's play offers is a haunting image of
desolation, one that almost seems a metaphor for artistic creation: what
else does a writer do but give life to absent figures through imaginary
conversations? As director and translator, Noah Birksted-Breen makes a
profoundly Russian play accessible to a western audience."
On 28th March, the performance will be followed by a short talk by
translator and director, Noah Birksted-Breen, who also works for BEARR a
UK charity at work in Russia and Eastern Europe, and Sarah Dennis of SGF.
The play will be followed by a collection in aid of SGF's work with the
elderly. Do come if you can, and bring your friends. Tickets are £10 or £6
Call 020 7223 2223 for the box office.