Land of Scoundrels : Rich Mix Theatre
June 9th / 10th / 11th

Rich Mix : 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

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A night of new innovative theatre marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Featuring new plays by SJ Fowler and Petra Freimund amidst a stunning original set designed by material engineer Thomas Duggan and a soundtrack from the remarkable Dirty Three. More on the Revolution 17 season at Rich Mix.

SJ Fowler's new play Mayakovsky is a playful and abstract reinterpretation of the last days of the Revolution's great, tragic poet.  A play purely about infamy and reputation, about Russia as perceived by Europe, about the limitations of poetry, and language, and the role the latter has in love and friendship. It is about living after death and how empty a thought this might be. 

The Women's Revolution by Petra Freimund is an exploration of the events of February 23rd, 1917 when in -5 degree weather, the Women of Vyborg in Petrograd went on strike. The play asks, as we find ourselves once again in times of political unrest, are we witnessing a recurrence? Are those women of Russia, disappeared from history, to be seen now?  Will history remember those oppressed spearheading protest, or will they once again be overlooked in favour of leading figures, shining so bright in their effort for change. 

The Cast

Edie Deffenbach : Previous productions include Edward Albee’s The Goat, The Importance of Being Earnest and the Edinburgh Fringe’s premiere of Angels in America Part 1. Edie trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and played Juana Ines De la Cruz in the spring production of Heresy of Love. Edie’s MA thesis analysed the Arab Spring from a performance and social theory perspective.

Rebecca Dunn : is a founding member and co-artistic director of Fluff productions. Previous productions include The Ark, The Bride and The Coffin (Old Red Lion) Bluebeard (Old Red Lion - Critics Choice) Lichentongue (Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival) World Enough and Time (The Dalston Bunker and Park Theatre) & The Taming of The Shrew and King John (Queens Film Theatre, Belfast).

Simon Christian : Trained at Vienna’s Filmcademy, graduating with honours and the Austrian National Diploma in Acting, before studying with Vienna’s English Theatre’s Youth Ensemble and the Guildford School of Acting. Previous productions include ‘Cats, Selfies and the Scattered Mind of the Incurable Dreamer’ (Space Theatre) and ‘The Collective Project’ ( Tristan Bates Theatre).

Alec Bennie : Recent productions include Macbeth (in a site specific production at the Valley of the Rocks in Exmoor) and 'The Alchemist' (Rose Playhouse). Alec graduated from Drama Studio London in 2014, appearing in 'The Possibilities (Tristan Bates) and 'How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found (New Diorama). Theatre includes, 'Iphigenia in Tauris' at the Rose Bankside, directed by Pamela Schermann, 'The Cruel Truth' (Rich Mix) 'The Way To A Man's Heart' (London Short Play Festival), as well as recently qualifying as a Personal Trainer.

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Set design by Thomas Duggan

Thomas Duggan work concerns art, nature, design, materials, science and technology through explorations into sculpture, site-specific installations, engineering, architecture, material science, traditional craftsmanship and research. He studied at Central St. Martins, London, UDK, Berlin and TUFTS, USA. He is passionate about reconnecting people with the natural environment through design, art, bioengineering, architecture and sustainability. His work merges technical and functional to ethereal and mysterious. He has exhibited internationally at galleries such as the V&A London, Somerset House, London Design Festival, PS1, MoMA and the Salone Del Mobile. He has been collaborating with TUFTS, MIT and Harvard Universities in recent years as well as developing his own practice.