This work is the culmination of that research and I am delighted that the actors have embraced the research and evolution of the project with such enthusiasm and passion.”
Edmund’s fourth play in a series of political works, Stalin’s Orchard attempts to unravel some of the mysteries of the Russian Revolution, the collapse of communism and the Soviet bloc, and the uncertain but ever-fascinating future of this vast and intriguing land.
Edmund said: “I have always been interested in revolutionary politics and consider myself a recovering Marxist. In early 2009 I undertook a research trip to Moscow and St Petersburg where I investigated the political assassinations of journalists Anna Politkovskaya and Alexander Litvinenko.
Stalin’s Orchard is a work of devised theatre, the script originated not from a writer or writers, but from collaborative, improvisatory work by Edmund and the students. Together they spent six weeks in a highly collaborative environment allowing the work to evolve.