Stars in the Morning Sky (2001)
Directed by Will Howard
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.
- Laura (Larissa) - Maggie Kruger
- Valentina (Valya) - Fiona Daffern
- Anna - Mandy Reed
- Alexander - Andy Smith
- Maria - Lauren Goldsmith
- Nikolai (Kolya) - Bradley Carlin
- Klara - Kellie La-Belle
- Stage Manager - Emma Gorie
- Lighting & Sound Operator - Malcolm Woodman
- Lighting Design - Brian Fretwell, Will Howard
- Production Photography - Tim Hinchliffe
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