Playwright’s Success at Royal Court Theatre
11 April, 2013
Playwright’s  Success at Royal Court Theatre
British Council and the Royal Court Theatre held the rehearsed readings of new plays from Georgia and Ukraine in London from 12-16 March, 2013. British Council in Georgia invited media representatives on April 2, at Citadines to the event dedicated to the finale of the New Writing Development project.
The readings featured four contemporary plays by Georgian playwright Lasha Bughadze and three Ukrainian playwrights – Oksana Savchenko, Mariam Agamian and Yevhen Markovsky. This was the first ever public readings of new
contemporary Georgian drama and Ukrainina plays at the Royal Court Theatre and in the UK.
On Saturday, 16 March, the four playwrights participated in an open discussion on challenges and issues that playwritings and new drama are facing in Georgia and Ukraine; it was chaired by Elyse Dodgson, Head of the International Relations of the RCT.
The stage readings marked the finale of a two year developmental program intended for emerging playwrights in Ukraine and Georgia, which was initiated by the British Council and the Royal Court Theatre in early 2011. Participation in the programme offered an opportunity to emerging playwrights to receive professional assistance in writing and staging new drama, and to gain wider international recognition. 14 successful applicants from the two countries have been working with the Royal Court writers, directors and actors to create new plays about contemporary life in their countries. The four winning plays selected for the reading and translated into English were produced by directors Simon Godwin, Caroline Steibeis and Richard Twyman, and performed on stage by the Royal Court actors.
Writer Lasha Bugadze commented: “My play has not premiered yet. But the reaction at the rehearsed reading was positive and vivid. The actors were playing with an amazed intuition.
Maya Darchia, the Arts Projects Manager mentioned: “We have even more interesting and ambitious projects planned for 2013; including cinema and theatre; and we will participate in all important festivals and exhibitions.”
Manana Antadze, project partner, added: “I want to congratulate first and foremost Lasha Bugadze on this wonderful success. We witnessed his huge success at Royal Court Theatre. This is the success of Lasha and of whole Georgia. I would like to wish Lasha all the best in future.”
Lasha Bugadze read the short excerpt from his play, which he wrote as part of NW Development project and which was presented at the rehearsed readings at the Royal Court Theatre in London on March 13.
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