Musical set against backdrop of politics

A new no-holes barred musical will take to the stage in Berwick this month.

Monday, 8th August 2016, 8:51 am

Forget Golden Square, Rob Wilkinson is set to bring Red Square to Berwick in 72Hrs in Moscow.

Against the backdrop of the real political events that ended Gorbachev’s policies of glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring), the show explores the divisiveness of punitive human rights policies and a regime based on breaking down trust. This is encapsulated in the fictional experiences of three siblings in the Myshkin family: Inessa (Kirsty Jameson), the older sister, involved in leading acts of civil disobedience and dating a member of the KGB; brother Andrei (David Sampson) whose blurred allegiances – KGB or CIA – will cause fallout and gay younger brother Vanya (Patrick Davenport), who seeks to be himself in a society where homosexuality is brutally repressed.

72Hrs in Moscow comes complete with a choreographed riot, Boris Yeltsin performing a rap on a tank, and a cast of 36 drawn from Berwick and beyond. It premieres at The Maltings from August 18 to 21 – exactly 25 years after the political events it is set against.

The music itself is a blend of 80s rock anthem and folk with the atmosphere of Soviet Russia conjured through brass and woodwind.

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Call 01283 330999 for tickets.