Oleg Bogaev’s award-winning play 'Russian National Mail' premiered at the Battersea Arts Centre, London, on 21 March. This version is translated and directed by Noah Birksted-Breen with Norwegian composer/producer Hans Biørn Lian contributing the music and sound design to this Time Out Critic's Choice theatre production.
In his native Norway, Lian trained at NOTAM electro-acoustic studios while producing electronica for television. He then completed an MA in vocal and instrumental composition at City University, London. Lian is on the London Festival Orchestra Advisory Board and has previously collaborated with Noah Birksted on his production of ‘The Lounge Act’ (White Bear Theatre, 2004).
'Russian National Mail' is set in the heart of post-Soviet Russia, where the main character Ivan Sidorovich lives alone in a flat he once shared with his postal-worker wife. When his wife and friends die, it seems that he's reached the end of the road. But Ivan isn't ready to give up just yet…Lenin, Queen Elizabeth II, Vivien Leigh and a Martian all visit this eccentric schemer as he fights to stay alive.
The play is highlighted in Time Out Critic's Choice Season:
'Right now, taking place inside Ivan's head is an active, serious process of having ideas – unknown for years. And it seems that he has thought of something!'
The play first premiered in Moscow in the late 1990s to great reviews and won the Golden Mask for Best Production. 'Russian National Mail' was first seen in London at the Old Red Lion.
'Russian National Mail'
21 March - 9 April
8.30pm / 6.30pm Sunday
£10.00 (Concs £6.00)
Battersea Arts Centre
London SW11 5TN
Box Office: 0207 223 2223
Mon 10.30am - 6pm
Tue - Fri 10.30am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday 4pm - 7pm