A theatre company in Communist Russia who have been, unfortunately, given the dubious honour of creating a performance for Stalin’s 60th birthday have more important matters on their minds. This funny farce deals with the ideas of Art and Politics and how to manage the links between them. Stalin has banned the Avant Garde artists of the early twentieth century in favour of Social Realism. Along with the ban comes the communist need to control free speech, in the theatre a contradiction in terms. The actors creating the play have more to contend with than the reports written by the stage manager. the director is missing, the worst is feared, and the cast begin to say things they shouldn’t. Miriam Margolyes is absolutely hilarious in this and it was a strong cast performance all round.

See the MTC page and a review here from The Australian.

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