Georgia and Ukraine at the Royal Court

Tags: New Writing

New plays from Georgia and Ukraine are given rehearsed readings at the Royal Court

Four playwrights from Georgia and Ukraine had English translations of their plays performed as rehearsed readings. This is part of an ongoing project with a group of 12 writers with whom the Royal Court has been working since May 2011, when a programme for emerging playwrights was initiated by us in Ukraine and Georgia. Through an open selection process, seven Ukrainian and seven Georgian playwrights were identified, and they have since seen working in collaboration with the Royal Court team.

The series of readings also incorporated a panel discussion with the playwrights on the challenges of writing new plays in contemporary Georgia and Ukraine, chaired by Royal Court Literary Manager Chris Campbell.

We supported associate directors Elyse Dodgson and Simon Godwin, international associate Caroline Steinbeis, director Ramin Gray, and playwrights April De Angelis, Rory Mullarkey and Nick Payne to visit Tbilisi, Lviv and Kyiv to work with writers to develop new plays about contemporary life in their countries, bringing together artists working in Georgian, Russian and Ukrainian.

The readings were:
Uncle Sasha The Butcher by Mariam Agamian (Ukraine), translated by Rory Mullarkey.
Twatted by Evgeniy Markovskiy (Ukraine), translated by Rory Mullarkey.
The President Has Come To See You by Lasha Bugadze (Georgia), translated by Donald Rayfield
And I Don't Care How You're Doing Anymore by Oksana Savchenko (Ukraine), translated by Rory Mullarkey


  • Tblisi, Georgia

    1st May 2011 - 26th Mar 2013

    Tblisi, Georgia

  • Kyiv, Ukraine

    1st May 2011 - 26th Mar 2013

    Kyiv, Ukraine

  • Lviv, Ukraine

    1st May 2011 - 26th Mar 2013

    Lviv, Ukraine

  • Royal Court Theatre, London

    1st Mar 2013 - 26th Mar 2013

    Royal Court Theatre
    Sloane Square
    United Kingdom

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