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Russian theatre comes to the stage

It’s all things Russian on stage next week as Russian Theatre Season in Cyprus – a project by the Embassy of Russian Federation and the Russian Cultural Centre – presents The Desperate Dreamers on April 12, 13 and 14.

The play, based on a novel by K Tsiolkovsky, will be acted in its original language of Russian with Greek surtitles. Going beyond the typical performance locations in Nicosia and Paphos, Paralimni will also host a show.

The performance was staged by the renowned Kaluga Regional Drama Theatre which in the 242 years of its existence has preserved and enhanced the best traditions of Russian theatre art. Desperate Dreamers is based on the novel Outside the Earth by the outstanding Russian scientist, inventor and founder of theoretical cosmonautics K Tsiolkovsky.

The novel says that between the highest peaks of the Himalayas is a beautiful hidden castle. Several scientists, philosophers, researchers and inventors settle in it but disappointment in people and the joys of life drive the heroes into solitude where they unite into a fraternal hermit family.

What do these highly intelligent hermits dream about? How to make people fly into space. Four scientists, fanatically devoted to science, are developing an ambitious first space travel plan. They make calculations, design and build a spacecraft, and then, taking two curious girls with them, set off.

The audience will witness a take-off with heavy overloads and astronauts hovering in zero gravity as well as a construction of a space greenhouse and the consumption of space-grown cucumbers and apples. Spacewalks and even landing on the moon will all be part of the show. Impressive special effects, bright costumes and sparkling fun are part of the Desperate Dreamers who tirelessly try make their dreams come true.

The Desperate Dreamer
Play based on novel of K Tsiolkovsky. April 12. Russian Cultural Centre, Nicosia. 7.30pm. April 13. Xenion Amphitheatre, Paralimni. 4pm. April 14. Markideio Theatre, Paphos. 4pm. €15/€7. Tel: 22-761607

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