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UEA drama students stage three classic Russian plays

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UEA’s third-year Drama students and academics are presenting three compelling plays that foreshadow the transformation of Russian society at the turn of the twentieth century. The title of the project is Tocka (TOS-KÁ), an untranslatable Russian word commonly understood to be a deep spiritual longing without cause.

The Storm by Alexander Ostrovsky

6-9 December 7.30pm

This beautiful tragedy asks whether true love transcends tradition. In a society smothered by traditionalism, home becomes prison and freedom is a sin. The young Katerina is caught in a battle between religious morality and her own desire.

The Fruits of Enlightenment by Lev Tolstoy

7 December 7.30pm and 10 December 2pm

Tolstoy's lesser-known comedy, where chambermaid Tanya is in a pickle - winning her in-laws’ approval means deceiving the superstitious master. In this game of cat and mouse, will sense or spirituality come out on top? Three peasants seeking land. Two lovers caught in the middle. One house of glorious madness.

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

8-10 December 7.30pm

Returning home to her beloved estate from a hedonistic escape in Paris, the grieving

Lyuba Ranyevskaya finds nothing is as she left it. As she and her family cling to the past,

their future seems increasingly unclear. Chekhov’s final play is a heart-breaking study of a

family under threat.

“This is an opportunity to see some of the world's finest dramatic literature - three wonderful plays, three great writers, three exciting theatrical adventures,” said director James Robert Carson. “See one or see them all, and you will marvel at the miracle that was the 19th Century Russian stage.’'

The plays will be staged at the UEA Drama Studio. Tickets are £7 (full price) or £5 (concessions) and are available at www.tocka-uea.com. To find out more, visit www.tocka-uea.com, UEADrama_TOCKA on Twitter or ueadrama_tocka on Instagram. For any further information, please contact ueaproductions.tocka@gmail.com, scott.c.brown@uea.ac.uk or call 01603 592279.