Following ATC's UK tour of artistic director Ramin Gray's production of Illusions by Russia's foremost contemporary playwright and screenwriter, Ivan Viripaev in the Spring of this year, the work has been chosen to feature in the Bush's festival of new writing RADAR 2012.
Passion and death, loyalty and betrayal, truth and fiction, hope and despair, Illusions is an enticing yet deceitful new comedy that takes us on a journey through what true love is. Playfully unravelling the paradoxes of the lives and loves of two couples as they look back at their lives, it tells a tale of roads taken and those passed by, of understandings and misunderstandings and of the dangers of voicing certain thoughts and leaving others unsaid.
Ivan Viripaev, has won several major awards for his work including the prestigious Golden Mask and the Presidential Council Prize for Literature in Russia and awards at the Venice, Warsaw and Sochi Film Festivals. Illusions is his first work to be staged in the UK.
The translator of Illusions, Caz Liske also performs in this production and appeared in the original Russian version of the play in Moscow.
Actors Touring Company presents the best in international Contemporary Theatre on tour in the UK and internationally. The company produces the most innovative scripts from abroad, often commissioning its own translations and creating work collaboratively with artists from the UK and overseas.
This November, the Bush explores the future of new writing with a three week festival. RADAR 2012 sees performances from some of the UK's most exciting artists, reveals sneak peeks of work in progress, and presents a series of provocative talks and debates led by theatre makers from across the industry.