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If you are not Edinburgh-bound this year (and it's not just artists who are affected by rocketing accommodation costs but audiences too), then this is the week to get a taste of shows that are heading North. The Omnibus in Clapham and Soho Theatre in Dean Street (where the excellent Edinburgh hit Bloody Elle continues) both have a range of Edinburgh previews, as does Camden People’s Theatre. At the latter, I like the look of Vanya is Alive, which is presented by Russian artists in exile and tells of a woman waiting for the return of her soldier son and trying to sift the truth from the lies propagated by the state.
A powerful new play from today's Russia presented by artists in exile due to their anti-war position. A mother of a mobilised Russian soldier plunges into the abyss as she struggles to comb through state propaganda and lies. Where lie the limits of personal responsibility? Can an individual stand up against the system? Echoing the actual political situation in Russia, this dark tale reflects on the price of truth and freedom with a touch of absurdity and disarming sincerity. A look at the country grappling with the reality of war and repressions. Written by Natalia Lizorkina in March 2022, Vanya Is Alive has already been presented as a reading at numerous Russian-speaking theatre festivals around the globe. This exemplary piece of new writing will be shown in a fresh English translation ahead of its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Age Recommendation: 16+