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PUSHKIN HOUSE, 15 - 17 November,


A new translation of Semyon Zlotnikov's 'A Man Comes To a Woman'

Translated by Rosy Benjamin & Svetlana Osipva

Adapted by James Elliott

Marriage is all about getting tied down... or is it tied up?


Viktor, 30s, pharmacist. Likes: thinking, security. Dislikes: the existential abyss, rain.

Dina, 30s, telephone operator. Likes: walks on the beach, good posture. Dislikes: time-wasting, hunched men.

On a rainy Russian night, Soviet singleton Viktor turns up at the door of his blind date Dina - and, some time after, she lets him come in. The chronically nervous Viktor may not seem an obvious match for romantic but blunt Dina, but with both desperate to impress, together they drink, dance, wince and woo their way through the highs and lows of a lifelong marriage in the space of a single breathless night. But as passions run high and Viktor and Dina get tied up in each other, the lovers come to realise that getting together is only the beginning...

Originally written in the 1970s by Russian playwright Semyon Zlotnikov, Belka Productions presented a new adaptation of this rapidfire Soviet farce. 

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