The School of the Arts at the University of Hull presents
Nikolai Pogodin’s Aristocrats translated by Anthony Wixley
In a new production directed by Amy Skinner at Gulbenkian Centre, University of Hull
A group of prisoners gather on the banks of the White Sea. Sentenced to hard labour, their job is to blow holes in the cliffs and build the new Belomor Canal.
Lemon and Beret are professional pickpockets. Kostya, the captain, is a criminal mastermind. Sonya is a drug addict. Sadovsky, the engineer, is a saboteur. Gromov is in charge. But his job isn’t just to change the White Sea landscape. His job is to change lives.
Rewriting the real events at Belomor prison camp, Aristocrats is a challenging and controversial insight into theatre made during the Stalin era. This new production explores both the play and its historical context – tackling questions of dictatorship, totalitarianism and the purpose of art.
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