UK theatres take McDonagh to Russian festival

Published: 4 August 2016
Reporter: David Chadderton

Theatres from Scotland and Northern Ireland will travel to Perm in Russia to perform in the second International McDonagh Festival, celebrating the work of Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, in October.

Two years after the first festival, Theatre U Mosta will present sixteen performances in seven days, including Glasgow's Tron Theatre's production of The Lonesome West and Bardic Theatre of Northern Ireland's production of The Cripple of Inishmaan.

There will also be performances by theatres from Russia, Iran, Poland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina of The Pillowman, A Behanding in Spokane and The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

The festival was conceived by Theatre U Mosta artistic director Sergei Fedotov, who has directed all of McDonagh's plays starting with the first Russian production of The Lonesome West in 2004 and was the first to direct a Russian translation of Hangmen in 2015.

Running from 1 to 7 October 2016 at Theatre U Mosta, the festival programme also includes film screenings, lectures, seminars, discussions and workshops from Russian and foreign directors.