Russian Show 2016
18 March 2016
Once again students in the Department of Russian took the stage once more for an evening of poetry, dance, music and theatre.
The show, compered by Matt Read and Rhiannon Segar, began with music from Nicole Samuels and Alexander van der Wusten. There followed poetry readings of works by Vladimir Mayakovski, Alexander Esenin, A.S. Puskin and Boris Pasternack.
'Scenes from Russia' and 'The Music Lesson' were enjoyable and amusing sketches about the experiences of final year students on their year abroad in Russia. The sketches were written by the students themselves and portrayed the pitfalls and misunderstandings of coping with daily life in Russia. As seen in the sketch 'The Music Lesson' it was a love of music that eventually brought together teacher and pupil despite their cultural and linguistic differences.
More music was enjoyed with Becca Swain-Ward and Tesni Beautyman performing unaccompanied Russian folk songs "Whither do you run my dear little trail" and 'My darling didn't come'. Tesni did a solo performance of a Russian song, 'The Prayer of Francois Villon' by Bulat Okudzhava.
The audience were then treated to a short play based on a Chekhov short story. The audience were given sight of the anonymous love letter that Pavel Ivanovich (played by Alexander van der Wusten) had received.
As only the Russian Show knows how...the show ended with a rousing Russian dance, the Barynya. This was performed by Bogomil Georgiev, George Goddard, Olivia Banning and Thomas Saunders. The energy and music for this dance proved a fitting end to the show that was enjoyed by all!
Further pictures from the Show can be found on our Facebook page.