BY MAXIM GORKY IN A NEW VERSION BY EMILY JUNIPER
Vassa is the head of the business, head of the family, a self-made millionaire. Exactly how far will she go to keep things that way?
Attacked by the striking dock workers, disregarded by her daughters, humiliated by her husband, and with few people to trust, this matriarch has got her work cut out.
Amelia Donkor, Andy McLeod, Christopher Hughes, Joss Wyre, Luke Shaw, Kate Sawyer, Nicole Hartley and Sian Polhill-Thomas
Director Rachel Valentine Smith
Lighting Designer Chris Withers
Sound Designer Max Pappenheim
Stage Manager Karen Lack
Technical support Adam Toussiant
Production Photography and trailer Invisible Darkness
Press Susie Safavi for Southwark Playhouse
This production was made possible with the support of the Boris Karloff Foundation.
With thanks to Russian Arts and Culture
'“...A STUDY OF A MURDEROUSLY ABRASIVE SHIP OWNER... SIAN POLHILL-THOMAS CONVEYS VASSA'S RUTHLESS SINGLE-MINDEDNESS AND THERE IS DECENT SUPPORT FROM LUKE SHAW AS HER DISSOLUTE HUSBAND, AMELIA DONKOR AS HER FIERY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AND JOSS WYRE AS HER DISTURBED CHILD...”'
'THE FACTION ENSEMBLE'S TRANSLATION OF THIS 19TH CENTURY CLASSIC INTO MODERN DAY LIVERPOOL IS SEAMLESS...'
“...THERE IS ALSO STRONG SUPPORT FROM LUKE SHAW
AS VASSA'S DISGRACED HUSBAND AND ANDY MCLEOD AS THE WAYWARD DRUNKEN UNCLE PROKHOV. MAX PAPPENHEIM'S MUSIC IS WONDERFUL. AN AMBITIOUS PRODUCTION.”
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE