5 Five Stars, The Stage
5 Five Stars, TheatreCat
5 Five Stars, London Pub Theatres
4 Stars, The Guardian
Off West End Award Nomination for Lead Performance in a Play – Kristin Milward
Off West End Award Nomination for New Play – Neda Nezhdana
The English Premiere
“They’ve mobilised all the living now, the fifth call took the last of the living. But the war keeps on. So high command asked us.”
Katia and Oksana are organising Sasha’s funeral. The bereaved widow and daughter mourn for their decorated Colonel, who has suddenly dropped down dead of heart failure, not a soldier's death. As the war intensifies, the Ukrainian army has resorted to recruiting the dead. Sasha comes back and is anxious to join the fight, ready to be resurrected, but his family are most annoyed. A dark, humorous and absurd look at the feelings war can make you have. From Ukraine’s leading contemporary playwright Natal’ya Vorozhbit (The Grain Store – Royal Shakespeare Company, and Bad Roads – Royal Court Theatre, and filmed as Ukraine’s official Oscar® selection in 2022).
The first production outside Ukraine
“I want to report a robbery…I was robbed. What was stolen from me? Almost everything…Home, land, car, work, friends, city, faith in goodness…’”
Donbas, 2014. A woman stands in the street, in sunglasses, trying to sell a basket of kittens. She has lost everything: her home, her family, her hope. Russia has taken over Crimea and stirred up ongoing violence in Donbas. Betrayed by her neighbour and brutalised by Russian-backed militia, her hope for humanity has waned, but she still has hope in her kittens.
An urgent piece of new writing from Neda Nezhdana – in her UK debut – that reveals the immediate origins of Russia’s war on Ukraine through one eye-witness account.
When Theatre Changed Drama Forever
This film will chart the history of The Royal Court looking at its origins post WW2 through to the present day, studying the writers, directors and actors that contributed to this evolving face of British theatre, particularly in its struggle against official and unofficial censorship .The film will begin by investigating The Royal Court’s role in the battle with the Lord Chamberlain’s censorship act, and how it continued, after that act’s abolition, to evade the constrains of conservatism and celebrate the power of writing on stage.