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Boutique Theatre transport Melbourne to a Russian Fairytale Land with this Australian Premiere Season

BY Sassy Red PR | 12-Apr-2017
Always sleep with one eye open... #BoutiqueTheatre #FairytaleLives. With Meg Miroshnik’s opulent, post-Soviet Moscow play, 'The Fairytale Live of Russian Girls', Melbourne’s Boutique Theatre once again offer up an Australian premiere season that promises something unique and thrilling for theatre lovers. Running from the 19th to the 27th of May at St Martins Youth Arts Centre, this exciting new production features an all female-cast and is helmed by award-winning Russian Director, Elizabeth Millington.
The tale centres around our hero, Annie. Sent by her mother back to her native Russia to brush up on the language and lose her American accent, she discovers an enchanted motherland - teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears. While staying with an old family friend, Annie meets Masha and Katya - two glamorous Moscovians who introduce her to a world of magic, mystery, and vodka. When Masha disappears, Annie and Katya set out to save her and here Annie must learn how to become the heroine of a story more mysterious and treacherous than any childhood fable; her own. She quickly learns that not every fairytale has a happy ending.

“Being Russian doesn’t just allow me to torment the cast with the correct pronunciations, but gives this production a very authentic flavour. The play captures the juxtaposition of Russia very well. There’s the world’s stereotypical idea of Russia full of dancing bears, vodka and corruption, and then there is the real Russia - full of history, pride, and elegance. I really enjoy the tongue in cheek attitude of this play. It will definitely be seen as feminist by many, but I see it as a very sassy commentary on ALL social stereotypes.”, explains Director Elizabeth Millington.

Now well established in the Melbourne Independent Arts landscape, Boutique Theatre creates work that is inventive, relevant, and disruptive. The company launched in 2012 and has since gone on to produce nine international and Australian works, whilst developing a Writers’ Program and housing an ensemble of Creatives. This latest premiere offering is one not to be missed!

“The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls takes place in a kind of dreamland. But in this dreamland, people sleep with one eye open." - New York Times

Director: Elizabeth Millington ~ Set Designer: Nick Casey ~ Lighting Designer: Justin Hayes ~ Costume Designer: Fiona Pitt ~ Sound Designer: Mark French ~ Performed by Erica Field, Cazz Bainbridge, Laila Thaker, Lucinda Barratt, Linda Cookson, Jessica Tanner and Felicity Steel