Stars in the Morning Sky (2001)

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Poster by Will Howard

by Alexander Galin

Directed by Will Howard

Performances: Thu 13th – Sat 15th December 2001, Prompt Corner


On a hill on the outskirts of Moscow four women are thrown together and discover they have something in common - they are all olympic girls (prostitutes) ordered out of the city and out of sight from impressionable foreign visitors arriving for the 1980 Olympics. Overseen by an unimpressed landlady and her son, the events of the evening end in a volatile conclusion to the night that the Olympic flame enters Moscow. Amid the frenzy, the perceived inhumanity, and the brutality of the girls lives it is possibly Alexander, a resident of the local lunatic asylum, who seems the sanest and most compassionate of them all.

Through strong dialogue, written with warmth and a large slice of humour, the olympic girls examine their already fragile existence and come to terms with their personal delusions, as their need to make friends and struggle with rejection by society rests alongside an ultimate discovery - if not pride in themselves, but an uneasy pride in Moscow and the Soviet ideal - and a sense of belonging.




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