ЗОЛОТАЯ МАСКА - ФЕСТИВАЛЬ И ПРЕМИЯ
by Martin McDonagh

THE LONESOME WEST

Theatre "U Mosta", Perm
Director Sergei Fedotov

For the third season already Russian theatres stage with enthusiasm the plays of the Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. Although these plays appear to deal with specific, local problems, they have become popular both in Europe and in Russia. The reason for this popularity lies in the fact that McDonagh’s characters are drawn brilliantly, in clear language and within the span of an intrigue, which holds together black humour from the life of the simple, rural Irish people. The Perm director Sergei Fedotov had already directed two other plays of McDonagh’s trilogy: A Skull in Connemara and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. In all three performances his vivid, cinematic actors managed to find a precise balance between naturalism and estrangement. In The Lonesome West two brothers live in a shabby village and hate each other terribly. They would have killed each other, had it not been for the young local priest who – before his death – had written a final note asking them to stop their internal war. This brings about nothing good in McDonagh’s play, but the Perm production – with all its persuasiveness – is after all not such a gloomy story as it might seem from the summary. The theatre “U Mosta” has managed “to russify” McDonagh, to strike the right note, and find the style and humour of his plays.




TRAVELLING COMPANY
12


PERFORMANCE SPACE
7 m x 9 m


FOR AUDIENCE OF
60-200


FRIGHT
3-tons van


GETTING IN
One day before the performance