Published: 5 July 2019 at 14:27
Fraser Grace brings new play to city after world premiere at Russian festival
The UK premiere of Bliss, the new work from acclaimed playwright and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Royal Literary Fund Fellow Fraser Grace, will be staged in Cambridge on Friday, 19 July and Sunday, 21 July.
Produced by the Menagerie theatre company, Bliss is an adaptation of The River Potudan by Andrey Platonov, one of the Soviet Union’s great writers whose work was suppressed under Stalin’s rule.
The play received a stunning reception at its world premiere last month at a festival in the Russian city of Voronezh. The UK premiere, at the Junction in Cambridge, is part of the Hotbed Festival 2019.
Bliss is set in post-civil war 1920s and is a tragi-comic tale centred around a Soviet soldier, Nikita, returning to his home village, meeting his childhood friend Luba and trying to rebuild his life from scratch.
On adapting Platonov’s work, Grace said:
Grace, whose play Breakfast with Mugabe premiered at the RSC in Stratford and more recent work Kalashnikov: In the Woods by the Lake is being adapted as a feature film, added:
Grace’s two-year term as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at ARU will come to an end later this summer and a new Fellow, Sydney Moore, will be in place for the new academic year. Grace will continue to offer support in academic writing at the university as a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow.
The Hotbed Festival website has further information about Bliss, and links to book tickets for the play and a special playwriting workshop led by Grace.