To see Salisbury
Although the impetus for this play came from real events, this is not a documentary.
This is an imaginative response to the attempted Novichok poisoning in Salisbury last year which is in dialogue with Tom Stoppard rather than the BBC News. When I heard about Boshirov and Petrov, I found it impossible not to think of Rosencrantz and Gildenstern, two guys also sent to England by their leader to kill...
But in this play Boshirov and Petrov do not even suspect that they are murderers. They are shocked by the public accusations and their pictures in the media. They really are two closeted homosexuals who have come to England in secret to be together and see Salisbury Cathedral.
The play begins realistically. But then time and space begin to fall apart. We meet our heroes on a train, on the run after they are declared killers. And by the end of the play they are roaming in the fog and cannot understand who they are.
Another character is always in the shadows, following our heroes: Mother Russia. She is old, blind, misanthropic, paranoid and ready to start a nuclear war. The play, mixing theatre of the absurd and farce, end on the verge of apocalypse. Will our heroes discover their true identities in time?
Playwright: Victor Shenderovich
Director: Vladimir Shcherban
Producer: Irina Ioannesyan