Nightlands by Jack MacGregor

Theatre (drama, political)

  • Summerhall - Old Lab
  • 20:45
  • Aug 14
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Dogstar Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of violence, Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility:
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

Nightlands is a play about how authoritarianism weaponises nostalgia, about Russia today. A psychological thriller set in the ex-Soviet ghost town of Pyramiden, Svalbard. Set in 1999 at the dawn of the Putin autocracy, Pyramiden's caretakers play out a generational and ideological conflict. Sasha (Matthew Zajac) is nostalgic for the collapsed communist past while Slava (Rebecca Wilkie) wants a better future. Their epic struggle rages like the storms of the polar night. From leading Scottish company Dogstar. 'Don't miss a chance to see it' (Herald on The Sky Is Safe, 2017).

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  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, go through the double doors at ground level next to the shop shed, past the Anatomy Lecture Theatre and through the double doors, take a right; down to the end of the corridor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Signed performances

  • Dates: 11 August
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Captioned performances

  • Dates: 9 August
  • Type: Closed (Own Device)
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Philip Kerr 42 days ago

Well Acted, Well written . Made one think about the different generations in Russia and difficulty of the transition , whether a solution will be found and what impact there might be internationally as that is sought.

Anton Zherzdev 49 days ago

If you ever asked yourself, why the war in Ukraine. Are Russian people just savages with a medieval mindset? This play might give you a hint at an answer. Or a part of the answer. It's very well written and thought through. The discussion of whether Russia can or should become part of western civilization is wrapped in a cover of a nice horror plot with a cool twist in the end. The acting was good too.

As a Russian I'm thankful that this is brought before the western audience. I think more people should learn about what happens in the heads of those who have their roots in the USSR.


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thespyinthestalls (3/5 stars) 42 days ago

Nightlands is the kind of play you root for

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

This is a very well-acted piece of work.

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Voice Magazine (3/5 stars) 44 days ago

Both actors attack the show with intensity and energy

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 48 days ago

Nightlands is an engaging piece of new writing from an incredibly exciting emerging artist. Backed by a brilliant cast and a world-building team, this is a refreshing slice of political theatre that is for anyone that is a fan of a good story.

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The Stage (4/5 stars) 48 days ago

Slow-boiling psychological thriller

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