This series of vignettes transports viewers to the literary world of the Siberian-born writer and filmmaker who was renowned for depicting ordinary people as flawed but heroic. Filled with earthy, human and love-struck characters navigating their way through life in the Soviet Union of the 1970s, the show sees an eight-strong ensemble act, sing, clown and dance as they take on multiple roles with tenderness and wit.
Latvian Alvis Hermanis directs the Golden Mask Award-winning production; its set design includes a changing backdrop of photos showing the author’s home village today. Shukshin’s Stories is one of two big hits by Theatre of Nations presented in the autumn. The Moscow-based company comes to our stage following popular visits by Pushkin and Vakhtangov Theatres, all of whom have performed Russian texts in their original language.
Age Recommendation: 16+
There are some positive elements, particularly the eight-strong ensemble’s range and realistic performances
Moscow’s Theatre of Nations performs an entertaining series of vignettes of rural life in the Soviet era
A gifted cast from Moscow’s Theatre of Nations brings Soviet-era stories of folly and obsession to enchanting life
All the stories are enacted with precision and flair; there is real joy in watching this company at work