Theatre company to stage hard-hitting play in nightclub

AN award-winning theatre company internationally renowned for its spectacular site-specific shows is going back to its roots to stage its next show in a city nightclub.

Corcadorca, the Cork-based theatre company, staged A Clockwork Orange in the city’s legendary Sir Henry’s nightclub in 1995.

This year, it plans to take over the Savoy Theatre and transform it into a bleak Russian city to host its production of Plasticine, written by Vassily Sigarev, and translated by Sasha Dugdale.

The gritty, hard-hitting play contains scenes of a disturbing nature and is strictly for adults only.

It opens on June 14 and will be the centrepiece of the Cork Midsummer Festival.

The three-roomed venue will be transformed into the seedy world of a contemporary Russian city – pulsating with anger, vitality and destruction.

The play revolves around the life of a delinquent called Maksim, who, in an attempt to escape and control the environment which he inhabits, creates distorted figures from plasticine.

However, amidst the backdrop of murder, abuse and exploitation, there is a deep sense of humanity and even humour.

Siberian writer Vassily Sigarev was only 24 when he wrote Plasticine. He was widely praised for his honest depiction of the gritty and unrelenting streets of a post-Communist Russian city.

The play earned him the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright award in 2002.

The cast features Caoilfhionn Dunne as the anti-hero Maksim, with Noelle Browne, Sorcha Fox, Conaor MacNeill, Conor Madden, Michael Winder, Mark D’Aughton, Janice Byrne and Lorna Quinn completing the line-up.

The design team includes Maree Kearns (set and costume), Paul Keogan (lighting design) and Cormac O’Connor (sound and video).

Plasticine runs at the Savoy from June 14 to 26 (except Sunday) with previews on June 11 and 12.

lTickets are €20 and €15 or preview tickets for €15 and €12.50 with booking at the Cork Midsummer box office through Cork Opera house. Telephone: 021-4271160 or go to www.corkmidsummer.com.

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