New Plays from Georgia and Ukraine

18 January 2013



The Royal Court Theatre announces a season of readings by Georgian and Ukrainian playwrights from 12 to 16 March to complement the run of Polish writer Anna Wakulik’s A Time to Reap in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.

Four playwrights from Georgia and Ukraine will have their plays performed as rehearsed readings, translated into English, as part of an ongoing project with a group of 12 writers that the Royal Court has been working with since May 2011. After the final reading on Saturday 16 March, there will be panel discussion with the playwrights on the challenges of writing new plays in contemporary Georgia and Ukraine, chaired by Royal Court Literary Manager Chris Campbell.

Associate Directors Elyse Dodgson and Simon Godwin, International Associate Caroline Steinbeis, director Ramin Gray and playwrights April De Angelis, Rory Mullarkey and Nick Payne travelled to Tbilisi, Lviv and Kyiv to work with writers to develop new plays about contemporary life in their countries, bringing together artists working in Georgian, Russian and Ukrainian.

Tuesday 12 March, 6pm
And I Don’t Care How You’re Doing Anymore
by Oksana Savchenko (Ukraine)
Translated by Rory Mullarkey
Directed by Caroline Steinbeis

Lora is in trouble. The baby is crying, the cold is biting and Andrei is up to his eyes in debt. And just when Lora thinks her life can’t get any worse, Andrei disappears. A play about life on the frontline of the new Ukraine.

Wednesday 13 March, 6pm
The President Has Come To See You
by Lasha Bugadze (Georgia)
Translated by Donald Rayfield
Directed by Simon Godwin

Georgia is at war. Again. And the President can’t cope. So he abandons his post and flees into the city to hide in the homes of his unsuspecting civilians. An absurd comedy about cowardice and power.

Friday 15 March, 6pm
by Evgeniy Markovskiy (Ukraine)
Translated by Rory Mullarkey
Directed by Richard Twyman

Our hero, Hairy, likes swearing, booze and singing in his death metal band. His new girlfriend doesn’t. A foul-mouthed Ukrainian comedy of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

Saturday 16 March, 12pm
Uncle Sasha The Butcher & Panel Discussion
By Mariam Agamian (Ukraine)
Translated by Rory Mullarkey
Directed by Caroline Steinbeis

Little Anya steals her older brother’s pornographic playing cards and sets in motion a chain of events that will leave her questioning the meaning of sex, relationships and true love well into her adult life. A poignant study of growing up or just growing old.

Uncle Sasha The Butcher is presented as a work in progress and will be followed by a panel discussion with the playwrights on the challenges of writing new plays in contemporary Georgia and Ukraine, chaired by Royal Court Literary Manager Chris Campbell.

Tickets for all readings £8 per reading (£6 if booked with another reading) available at 020 7565 5000


For more information, please contact Anna Evans on 020 7565 5063

Notes to Editors:

Listings Information:

International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project with additional support from the British Council

New Plays from Georgia and Ukraine
Tues 12, Wed 13, Fri15 Mar, 6pm
Sat 16 Mar 12pm
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Tickets £8 (£6 if booking for more than one reading)
Concessions £6
Access £6

Since 1996 the Royal Court Theatre has travelled the world, running long-term play development projects and building relationships between playwrights, directors, actors and translators. Working with playwrights and theatre artists in 70 countries and in 30 languages, the work is supported by the Genesis Foundation and the British Council.

New Plays from Georgia and Ukraine is presented as part of International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project, with additional support from the British Council.

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