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Approx 120 mins including interval
Show contains: strobe, haze, simulated sex, loud sudden noises, and strong language and adult themes.
RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 15+
Q & A with playwright KATE MULVANY:
In a nutshell, what’s THE RASPUTIN AFFAIR about?
Rasputin, the religious advisor to the Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, is invited to the castle of a wealthy nobleman for a night of “curing”. But what he doesn’t know is that three angry well-borns – and one mysterious peasant – are planning his murder. However, things do not go to plan, and what should have been a simple crime turns into a night of personal and political pandemonium.
What inspired you to write it?
I studied Russian history at high school, and the Rasputin saga was one that has stayed firmly planted in my brain ever since. The last night of his life was so bizarre and brutal, and the characters involved so unlikely, that in the years after school I devoured everything I could find on the matter. A few years ago, I realised it might make a good play, so I set about writing about the final few hours of the Mad Monk’s life. But it became more than just an historical recounting. The more I dramatised the incident, the more I realised there were so many more layers to the story and its characters that seemed to fit in with today’s world. Identity crises, forbidden love, religion vs state, class uprising, gender issues… All of them are at play in both the historical truth of the story and the onstage dramatisation.
What are you hoping audiences will walk away with having seen the play?
That they have a wonderful, mischievous, thought-provoking time with one of history’s most maligned characters and reflect on the deeper messages of the play.
A word from Director John Sheedy
“Russian history and politics are incredibly complicated and layered and what Kate presents us with is a clear and character driven piece that doesn’t get too bogged down in the minutiae of detail and is yet still truthful in its story telling, and most of all, and this is, what I believe, is Kate’s biggest gift, is that it is loaded with humour, Somehow in the darkness she manages to draw up the absurdity of the situation and make us laugh, and it is funny! The Rasputin Affair will not only give you a good laugh, but serve as a reminder to us to remain vigilant towards always, always, always asking questions of those who lead us.”