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    Press Release

    New plays from Georgia and Ukraine

    at the Royal Court Theatre (London)

British Council and the Royal Court Theatre (London) have announced the stage

    readings of new plays from Georgia and Ukraine taking place in London from 12 16

    March 2013.

    The readings at the Royal Court will feature four contemporary plays by a Georgian playwright Lasha Bughadze (Tbilisi) and three Ukrainian playwrights Oksana

    Savchenko (Kyiv), Mariam Agamian (Kyiv) and Yevhen Markovsky (Kherson). This is the first ever production of a contemporary Georgian drama and the first public readings of new Ukrainian plays at the Royal Court Theatre and in the UK.

On Saturday, 16 March, the four playwrights will participate in an open discussion

    about challenges and issues that playwriting and new drama are facing in Georgia and Ukraine, chaired by Chris Campbell, the Royal Court literary manager. Admission free.

The stage readings will mark the culmination of a two year developmental

    programme for emerging playwrights in Ukraine and Georgia, initiated by the British Council and the Royal Court Theatre in early 2011. Participation in the programme was an opportunity for emerging playwrights to receive professional assistance in writing and staging new drama, and to gain wider international recognition. 14 successful applicants from the two countries have been working with the Royal Court writers, directors and actors to develop new plays about contemporary life in their countries.

    The four winning plays selected for the readings and translated into English will be produced by directors Simon Godwin, Caroline Steibeis and Richard Twyman, and performed on stage by the Royal Court actors.

    Additional information

Schedule of readings and synopses of plays

Tuesday 12 March, 18:00

    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, 18:00

    The President Has Come To See You by Lasha Bughadze (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, 18:00

    Twatted by Yehven Markovsky (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, 12:00

    Uncle Sasha the Butcher 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.

    The British Council arts programme and the Royal Court Theatre

The British Council arts programme in Georgia is focused on four arts sectors: new drama,

    film, music and visual arts. We work with the best of British creative and talented artists and agencies, often across different art forms. We bring to Georgia the best of contemporary UK arts films, plays, exhibitions, discussions, educational events and collaboration projects created jointly with Georgian partners.

    The Royal Court Theatre was founded in 1956. Right from the start, during the first season, the theatre staged John Osborne’s play ‘Look Back in Anger that transformed British theatre

    and became the symbol of the whole generation of playwrights of 1960s to 1980s, nicknamed the ‘angry young men’.

During the mid-1990s the Royal Court encouraged the development of the so-called ‘new

    writing’. Mark Ravenhill, Sarah Kane, Martin McDonagh made their first appearance at the Royal Court stage, and their work heavily influenced the contemporary European theatre. Royal Court directors collaborated with leading British playwrights from Robert Bolt and Harold Pinter to Caryl Churchill and David Hare, allowing first experiments in verbatim theatre at the end of


    Initially founded as a repertory theatre to specialise in both contemporary and classic drama, for the last ten years the Royal Court has been mainly working with innovative and emerging

    writers. During its regular season the Royal Court features 1015 premiers of the newly

    developed work. The plays for the theatre are written by five dozen regular writers, while the theatre’s literary department annually considers more then 300 plays sent to the company from throughout the world.

Over the last 20 years the Royal Court has been facilitating international work at a grass roots

level, developing exchanges between writers, actors and directors in the UK and overseas.

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