Imagine being granted exclusive access to the workings of an extraordinary, charismatic and deeply sinister mind…
On December 19, 1916, the body of Grigory 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 freezing, 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 professional theatre critic and author, Michael Davies, Rasputin’s Mother is the winner of the 2012/13 National Playwriting Competition. Funded by the prestigious Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation in honor 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 production is performed by Encore Drama.
“Rasputin’s Mother has been developed over a number of years. The original idea came out of our endless fascination with so-called ‘monsters’ like Rasputin. I wanted to try to work out what made them tick…I’ve had some fantastic encouragement along the way from the likes of Alan Ayckbourn and Derek Jacobi, and to see the show finally in production is the ultimate prize for a playwright.” – Michael Davies
Opens tonight – Friday 22nd March – at The Old Joint Stock Theatre