Runs 9th – 11th August 2018
Spectres is a chamber piece play in Stanislavsky tradition, originally staged in the interiors of a early mansion in Kyiv. This August, the play will travel to Edinburgh, where it will feature as part of The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This emotionally gripping drama is directed by actress Polina Medvedeva and performed by the Suzirja Theatre company – the first engagement theatre in post-soviet Ukraine that supports and celebrates emerging talent from through avant garde productions.
Based on Norwegian playwright’s Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts (1881), a revolutionary play that was known to challenge social stereotypes, Spectres is an elegant retelling of a bourgeois family’s unravelling, as their secretive pasts unfold. Themes of maternal deprivation, class, hypocrisy, deception and rejection are set against the backdrop of a contemporary Ukraine – a country reborn. The small cast will perform in Ukrainian with English subtitles – each character is lively and vivid reflecting the different roles and strata of society.
Through these disordered relationships between family members, the play questions the choices and compromises one makes in order to survive. Spectres is a social criticism that exposes the insincerity of conventional morality, in particular the insincerities of conventional bourgeois family life – where nothing is quite as it seems.
Taking the performance out of its extravagant interiors and into Edinburgh’s PASS Theatre, will act as a radical experiment for the piece, where intimacy will serve as a vehicle for intense psychological chemistry.