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Bad Roads
Paperback, 80 pages ISBN: 9781848427143Publication Date:
16 Nov 2017
Size: 198mm x 129mm£11.99 £9.59You save £2.40 (20%)
Ebook, 80 pages ISBN: 9781780019918Publication Date:
16 Nov 2017
£11.99 £9.59You save £2.40 (20%)
First Staged:
Royal Court Theatre, London, 2017

Bad Roads

By Natal'ya Vorozhbit Translated by Sasha Dugdale

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In the darkest recesses of Ukraine, a war is raging.

A journalist takes a research trip to the front line. Teenage girls wait for soldiers on benches. A medic mourns her lover killed in action.

Natal'ya Vorozhbit's play Bad Roads is a heartbreaking, powerful and bitterly comic account of what it is to be a woman in wartime.

It was premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, in November 2017, in a production directed by Vicky Featherstone. It was developed by the Royal Court International Department, and translated by Sasha Dugdale.

Extra Content: read Sasha Dugdale's account of translating Bad Roads, in an article for the Guardian, 6 November 2017.

'I spend the night in an officer’s barracks, where no woman has ever set foot.'

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'Complex and compelling… an all-too-vivid vision of what it is to be a woman in wartime'

The Times

'A savage look at the dehumanising impact of war… swings between matter-of-fact horror and bitter comedy… masterly and woundingly memorable'


'Despite its grim subject matter, the play is often surprisingly still and quiet, and occasionally funny too… hammer[s] home the losses, desperations, brutal necessities and impossible resiliences of women in war'

The Stage

'The patchwork of stories and images creates a powerful, occasionally indelible, picture of contemporary warfare… thought-provoking and frightening'

The Arts Desk

'Powerful… in her relentless focus on conflict’s female victims, Vorozhbit shows herself to be a Ukrainian Sarah Kane'


'An urgent, visceral piece'

Exeunt Magazine
Paperback,80 pages ISBN: 9781848427143Publication Date:
16 Nov 2017
Size: 198mm x 129mm£11.99 £9.59You save £2.40 (20%)
Ebook,80 pages ISBN: 9781780019918Publication Date:
16 Nov 2017
£11.99 £9.59You save £2.40 (20%)

Also by Natal'ya Vorozhbit:

Voices from Ukraine: Two Plays
The Grain Store
Take the Rubbish Out, Sasha

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Also by Sasha Dugdale:

Black Milk
The Grain Store
Take the Rubbish Out, Sasha
Playing the Victim

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