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Power, Politics + Performance In Russia: Grandchildren + Panel Discussion

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Frontline Club, Paddington

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Power, Politics + Performance In Russia: Grandchildren + Panel Discussion

New Russian Drama + panel discussion

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 – 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. How do the grandchildren of prominent Stalinists feel when they find out who their beloved grandparents really were? Interviewed by the playwrights over the last couple of years, the protagonists’ grandparents were from Stalin’s inner circle – or members of the Soviet Communist Party or NKVD – and their testimonies bear witness to the very human desire to forgive those we love, even when we know their worst crimes. Chaired by Gabriel Gatehouse, BBC foreign correspondent who has extensively covered the Ukrainian Russian crisis. The panel: Alexandrina Markvo – a leading figure in the arts in Moscow recently granted political asylum in the UK after Alexandrina fled from the persecution by the Russian government. Oliver Bullough – is a prize-winning writer, broadcaster and journalist, who has written in, around and about the former Soviet world for the last decade and a half. His book the The Last Man in Russia: And the Struggle to Save a Dying Nation is about the effect of Stalinism on future generations. Oliver is currently investigating fraud, money-laundering and international corruption. Running time: 55 minutes. Addition speakers to be announced.

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