Friday, 8 February 2013

Encore Drama Performance March 2013

Colin Lewisohn has emailed me the following information that you may be interested in:

Rasputin’s Mother

‘Bristling with theatrical ideas’ – Sir Alan Ayckbourn

 ‘Really powerful and visual’ – Life on Mars co-creator Matthew Graham


Imagine being granted exclusive access to the workings of an extraordinary, charismatic and deeply sinister mind…

On December 19, 1916, the body of Gregory Rasputin was dragged from a frozen river in St Petersburg, his bound hands clenched in fury as if he’d been scraping at the ice from below – despite being beaten, shot and hounded into his watery grave. But what if the body was not Rasputin’s? What if the notorious Mad Monk somehow lived on as a prisoner of the Communists, destined to watch the rise of Stalin and the collapse of his beloved Romanov dynasty? What would he say to his captors – and the world?


Written by Michael Davies, Rasputin’s Mother is the winner of the 2012-13 National Playwriting Competition. Funded by the prestigious Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation in honour of one of the original co-founders of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre, the award is made annually to the best script written for the stage.


This world premiere is performed by Encore Drama, directed by Colin Lewisohn and with a cast including award-winning actors Warwick St John and Pam Hilton. Performances are at Ilkley Playhouse (March 1-2, 2013,, Seven Arts in Leeds (March 8-9, 2013, and the Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham (March 22-23, 2013,


For more information and booking details, visit Encore Drama’s website at

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