THE FORTY FIRST

THE FORTY FIRST

THE FORTY FIRST

Oliver King for Belka Productions presents

A Rehearsed Reading

A new adaptation, by James Elliott, of Boris Lavrenyev's classic novel

PUSHKIN HOUSE: 8 DECEMBER 2015


1922. A desert island in the Aral Sea, Russia: the scene of a miracle, as Maryutka Filatovna, crack sharpshooter for the Red Army in the Russian Civil War, fights to survive a brutal winter and deliver her captive and sole companion to justice: White Army Lieutenant, Vadim.

1932. A cell, somewhere in the Soviet Union: the scene of a nightmare, as Maria Basova, the 'Poet of the Volga' and alleged dissident, fights to be allowed to die, her only possible escape from the brutal interrogation of Stalin's NKVD.

During the unimaginable and incomprehensible horrors of a Russian winter and Stalin's purges, one woman fights to prove her devotion to the one thing she has ever truly loved. But what do the NKVD want from her? What brought them to this Communist Party hero? And what really happened on that island?

Belka Productions are thrilled to present a rehearsed reading of this new play, adapted for the stage from Boris Lavrenyev's classic novel for the very first time.