BLISS by Fraser Grace

Date:Sun 17 May
Price:£13 (£10 con)

presented by MENAGERIE in association with The Voronezh International Theatre Festival, Russia

A world premiere of a new play by multi-award-winning dramatist Fraser Grace in a British-Russian co-production, direct from performances in Russia. 

1920. Russia. Winter.

When 'victorious' Nikita returns home from the brutal Russian civil war, he attempts to start a new life balanced precariously between his drunken father Mikhail, and Lyuba, the feisty young girl he remembers from his school days. When Nikita fails to consummate his marriage – all the while aware that he is being watched by a mysterious figure – he is sent into a spin of alternative universes. When he finally emerges in a new town further along the Potudan River, he is at first amusingly adopted and put to work by market traders, but is then accused of a crime 'against the Soviet State'. And the local Communist Party Investigator is summoned...

Based on a short story by the brilliant but little-known Russian writer Andrey Platonov (1899-1951),  Bliss is a colourful and strangely heart-warming kaleidoscope of stories, song, laughter and magic, as the survivors of years of devastating war and political revolution all search for their ‘bliss’ in the cold and toxic reality of life in post war Soviet Russia, and they start to comprehend how a society needs time to recover from catastrophe, how real love has both passionate and practical faces, and how the future is only built by those who manage to survive their past...


Photos by Andrey Parfyonov

" ... such a simple, dynamic and amazingly Russian-style production - stunning."  InfoVoronezh.Ru

links to reviews:

The Stage feature

The Cambridge Critique review


Age: 16+

Duration: 2hr 25

Box office and bar open 1 hour before event start time. 

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