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Drunks Run Riot on Hope Street!

We may have suffered the disappointment this week of having to postpone HOST, but all is not lost. In the spirit of looking forward and cracking on, OTG are thrilled to be bringing a production of The Drunks to Hope Street Theatre this December.

The Drunks, by Mikhail and Vyachaslev Durnenkov, translated by Nina Raine, is a modern tale of corruption, lies and stupidity. Set in Russia, it might prove more familiar than you think…

A small Russian town is trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of drunk, frequently ridiculous and constantly inept politicians who have fought and cheated their way to the top. They push propaganda, they intimidate, they threaten and control the media - all to maintain their ill-gotten positions of power.

When Ilya, a shell-shocked soldier who can no longer drink, returns home from the frontlines in Chechnya, he is hailed as a hero. Caught in the eye of a political tornado, he is pushed and pulled as the leaders of his hometown manipulate him to further their own agendas.

First performed by the RSC in 2009, this hilarious, populist play is more relevant in our current political climate than ever before. Inspired by Gogolian comedy, it cuts to the core of small-town

bureaucracy, with more than toxic echoes of larger national problems.

This is not one to miss!


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