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.'
'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'Independent
'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'Guardian
'An urgent, visceral piece'Exeunt Magazine
16 Nov 2017Size: 198mm x 129mm
16 Nov 2017
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