Natal'ya Vorozhbit

Plays by Natal'ya Vorozhbit

Bad Roads  

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Natal'ya Vorozhbit's Bad Roads is a play about life in war-torn Ukraine, focussing in particular on the war's impact on women. It was developed by the Royal Court International Department, and first performed in this English translation by Sasha Dugdale at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, on 15 November 2017.

The play has six scenes, each one exploring a facet of the war. In the first scene, a Kiev-based writer tells the story of a research trip she made to the battle zone a year after the siege of Donetsk airport, and how she fell for her patriotic escort. The ensuing scenes show teenage girls eagerly waiting for soldiers, a female medic transporting her lover’s headless corpse, and a young journalist outwitting her captor.

The premiere production was directed by Vicky Featherstone and designed by Camilla Clarke. It was performed by Ronke Adekoluejo, Samuel Anderson, Vincent Ebrahim, Anne Lacey, Tadhg Murphy, Mike Noble and Ria Zmitrowicz.

Natal’ya Vorozhbit (aka Natal'ia Vorozhbit) is a leading Ukrainian playwright. Her work includes The Khomenko Family Chronicles (Royal Court and BBC World Service; rehearsed reading at the Royal Court, 2006); The Grain Store (RSC, 2009); Maidan: Voices from the Uprising (Royal Court, 2014); and Bad Roads (Royal Court, 2017).
She is the co-founder of the Theatre of the Displaced in Kiev and curator of the Class Act project in Ukraine.