Hull Truck Theatre & Hull UK City of Culture 2017

AShortHistoryofTractorsinUkrainian…

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY MARINA LEWYCKA
ADAPTED BY TANIKA GUPTA
DIRECTED BY MARK BABYCH


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Hull Truck Theatre & Hull UK City of Culture 2017

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY MARINA LEWYCKA
ADAPTED BY TANIKA GUPTA
DIRECTED BY MARK BABYCH

World Premiere Production

A lovesick grandfather. Two daughters at war. A must-see modern family drama.

Nikolai, an 84 year old retired Ukrainian engineer and tractor historian, has fallen in love with 36 year old Valentina and he’s determined to marry her and become a father again!

His daughters, Vera and Nadezhda, who haven’t spoken since the death of their mother, are totally unprepared for the grenade that’s about to explode into their lives. The sisters unite in horror to defend their father and what remains of his pension.

But is Valentina a refugee searching for better opportunities, or a bogus visa seeker trying to cheat a vulnerable old man?

As Valentina’s dreams of Western prosperity begin to shatter, things take a darker turn. Nadezhda and her shaken family must face the ghosts of their past, confront their heritage and rediscover relationships.

Marina Lewycka’s million-copy bestselling novel won The Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction and the Waverton Good Read Award, and was shortlisted for The Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005. 

Award-winning writer Tanika Gupta (Anita and Me) and director Mark Babych have created a highly theatrical ensemble re-telling of this dark family comedy, which continues to have sharp relevance to today’s society.

Originally co-commissioned with Sheffield Theatres and developed with support from the National Theatre Studio.

Recommended age 14+

Part of The Drama Deal

Dinner & Show Available

 

ACCESS

Accessible Performance: Sat 30 Sept, 2pm

Touch Tour: Thur 5 Oct, 6.30pm

Audio Described Performance: Thur 5 Oct, 7.30pm

Captioned Performance: Thur 12 Oct, 7.30pm

 

RELATED EVENTS

Discover Day: Sat 7 Oct

Post-Show Q&A: Wed 4 Oct

Cast

Geoffrey Beevers

Nikolai

Jack Fielding

Stanislav

Polly Frame

Ludmilla

Ruth Lass

Nadezdha

Ana-Marija Spasojevic

Valentina

Richard Standing

Dubov

Philip Stewart

Mike

Hilary Tones

Vera

Creatives

Mark Babych

Director

Amanda Huxtable

Assistant Director

Patrick Connellan

Set and Costume Designer

Ed Clarke

Sound Designer

Deborah Pugh

Movement Director

Sophie Cotton

Composer

Renny Krupinski

Fight Director

CASTING

Lucy Jenkins CDG and Sooki McShane CDG

Production

Luke Child

Production Manager

Edward Salt

Company Stage Manager

Jane Williamson

Deputy Stage Manager

Claudia Bryan Joyce

Assistant Stage Manager

‘Quirky, engaging adaptation of Marina Lewycka’s bestselling novel’

The Stage

‘a moving drama about getting on when life’s giving you a kicking’

Hull Daily Mail

‘imaginatively quirky’

Reviews Hub

‘a hugely entertaining, engaging and strong production’

British Theatre Guide

‘laughter one minute, painful truth the next’

North West End