Arcola is collaborating with Barn Theatre in Cirencester to co-produce the world premiere of Cat Goscovitch’s new play, A Russian Doll.
Based on a true story, the play follows a young woman, Masha, as she becomes embroiled in the world of data and deceit as a member of Russia’s disinformation campaigns during the EU referendum.
A Russian Doll will be directed by Nicolas Kent (All The President’s Men?, Another World) and will open in Cirencester in May, before opening Arcola’s new outdoor space, Arcola Outside in June, as part of Today I’m Wiser, Arcola’s outdoor festival inspired by the present and fuelled by our collective desire for change.
The world premiere will feature design by Liz Da Costa, lighting by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner, sound and composition by Harry Smith and AV design by Benjamin Collins.
Cat Goscovitch, who is the daughter of the acclaimed playwright C. P. Taylor, said of her play:
“The EU referendum was a moment that changed the history of the United Kingdom forever. In writing this play, I wanted to explore what role Russian disinformation played in influencing the vote and how it impacted not just our political lives but also our personal. How does a click become a vote? What does it mean to take someone down the rabbit hole? And will we ever come back?”.
Leyla Nazli, Deputy Artistic Director and Executive Producer at the Arcola Theatre, said:
“Arcola is thrilled to be working with Barn Theatre on this co-production of Cat Goscovitch’s play, A Russian Doll. We can’t wait to open our summer festival, Today I’m Wiser, with this new play which asks important questions about democracy, global politics and disinformation”.
Iwan Lewis, Artistic Director and CEO of the Barn Theatre, said of the theatre’s reopening:
“We love great partnerships here at the Barn Theatre. We were able to negotiate a global pandemic through creative and brilliant collaborations and it’s great to kick off our 2021 season with another. The Arcola Theatre produce incredible work and we are proud to be working with Leyla and her wonderful team on this incredibly exciting new play. We are also incredibly excited to showcase the partnership between one of the most exciting new voices in the industry, Cat Goscovitch, and one of the most acclaimed directors in the country, Nicolas Kent, with A Russian Doll.”
Tickets for the Barn Theatre run are now on sale with performance dates for the run at the Arcola Theatre to be announced in early May. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about tickets.