The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2016 – Kursk, 23rd August 2016

KurskOur first show for Tuesday is Kursk, a hard hitting play about a dreadful event in maritime history, performed by Airlock Theatre (pun intended, I expect), at Bedlam Theatre, Bristo Place, at 13:25 on Tuesday 23rd. Here’s the blurb from the website: “’Captain, contact’s engine noise ceased… she’s on her way down.’ The year 2000. A Russian submarine, the Kursk, explodes in the Barents Sea. Nearby, a British vessel on a secret military mission witnesses its final minutes. The crew must decide whether to blow their cover and go to the survivors’ aid or obey orders and leave them behind. Inspired by true events, Kursk explores the secrecy, camaraderie and hardship of life in the sea’s depths.”

Kursk castI’ve heard about this play before, when it ran at the Young Vic a few years ago. I’m hoping this will be highly dramatic and be one of those plays you talk a lot about afterwards. Check back about 2.50 to see if it soared or sank without trace and by then the preview blog for our next show should be available to read too.

Post-show update:

A really engrossing play by Bryony Lavery that gives a fascinating insight into what it must be like to spend months in a submarine on top secret work. The balance of seriousness and levity works really well and the cast of five all turn in top quality performances. I loved the strong sense of claustrophobia and also the moral dilemmas that faced Captain and crew. Highly recommended! 

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