Power, Politics & Performance in Russia: “Doctor” + Q&A

Talk Tuesday 12 January 2016, 7:00 PM

The Frontline Club and Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with Sputnik Theatre present four nights of new Russian drama. Featuring exciting and topical plays by British theatre directors and cast – translated into English by Sputnik’s artistic director Noah Birksted-Breen. Each evening will touch upon various aspects of life in Russia covering an array of issues, from the clampdown on theatre and freedom of speech to growing social tensions and immigration.

Doctor by Elena Isaeva

Running time: 55 mins

A surprising, sometimes shocking, often funny and moving play about contemporary medicine in rural Russia. Based on a real-life testimony taken from a Russian doctor, it is also a touching personal portrait of an individual coping as best they can in difficult circumstances.

Doctor is one of the longest running productions of Teatr.doc, the renowned studio theatre in Moscow which was supported by Tom Stoppard amongst other prominent British voices when facing closure in 2014.

This reading will be followed by a post-show discussion with artistic director of Teatr.doc, Elena Gremina, in conversation with senior international correspondent for The Guardian, Luke Harding.

The talk will be interpreted for Elena Gremina (Russian<>English) by Alice Terekhova, an independent theatre practitioner and a professional interpreter working across a variety of arts: opera, theatre, new writing, performance art, independent film and education. Terekhova assisted some of the most inspirational directors including: Tom Stoppard, Mark Ravenhill, Natalya Vorozhbit, Dmitry Krymov and many others.