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Russian plays at the Frontline club

1st December 2015

Something new from Russia

Dear friends,

It’s been more than than two years in the making.  Now, finally, here   it is. We hope you will be as excited by the new work as we are!

‘Power, politics and performance’  12 to 15 January 2016,
at the Frontline club in London.

A festival of new Russian plays, with post-show talks by top Russian playwrights, political activists and journalists.

12 January: Dr by Elena Isaeva, post-show talk with Elena Gremina. More details and booking here. (http://www.frontlineclub.com/theatre-week-new-russian-drama-doctor/)

13 January: Joan by Yaroslava Pulinovich, followed by drinks. More details and booking here. (http://www.frontlineclub.com/theatre-week-new-russian-drama-joan/)

14 January: Grandchildren. The Second Act by Mikhail Kaluzhsky and Alexandra Polivanova. Post-show talk, speakers tbc. More details and booking here. (http://www.frontlineclub.com/theatre-week-new-russian-drama-grandchildren/)

15 January: The War Has Not Yet Started by Mikhail Durnenkov. Post-show talk, speakers tbc. More details and booking here. (http://www.frontlineclub.com/theatre-week-new-russian-drama-the-war-hasnt-yet-started/)

There are ten pound tickets if you book before the 10th of December (just following the links). All evenings are likely to sell out, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Sputnik is ten years old!

Dear friends,

I co-founded Sputnik ten years ago. The idea was to see whether British theatre would be interested in new Russian plays. Since   2005, Sputnik has brought twelve new plays from Russia, Ukraine  and Belarus to the UK, working with partners such as Theatre Royal Plymouth, Soho Theatre and the Battersea Arts Centre.

We’ve like to find out more about our supporters, as we    decide on our plan of action for the next ten years.

Please take a few minutes to fill in our survey. — (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCW5J6H)

This year was one of my most exciting yet. This month, I was in Moscow and Ekaterinburg, interviewing top theatre-makers,  producers, critics. I also delved into cultural politics by speaking to Mikhail Shvydkoi, Russia’s Culture Minister (2000-2008). My   research is part of my PhD on contemporary Russian playwriting,     at Queen Mary University of London. The four play translations at the   Frontline Club are also part of my practice-based PhD.

Please take a few minutes to fill in our survey. — (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCW5J6H)

Thanks for continuing to take an interest in Sputnik. I’d be really pleased to hear from you, as we continue to expand our work, searching for new partners, new ways of working, new opportunities  to build bridges between Russian and British theatre-makers.



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