Reviews: ‘The Kursk’

National tour of ‘The Kursk’ by Sasha Janowicz Dir: Michael Futcher. Matrix Theatre and Critical Stages at La Boite Theatre Brisbane,  September 1-12, 2009.

Australian Stage Online “… another triumph for Matrix Theatre.”

The Australian “Speed blurs emotional effect …”

Courier-Mail “Chilling … powerful … electrifying …” Performing Arts Blog “The play is moving, horrifying and lyrical … a stunning production”

Groundling “The Kursk: a flagship for Queensland’s independent theatre”

Absolute Theatre

612 ABC Brisbane: Nigel Munro-Wallis “…a strong, riveting story – the type of drama that will have you thinking long after you have left the theatre. Director Michael Futcher has again proved himself to be a talent of national significance in his re-designing of the piece. It loses none of its suffocating impact in the larger venue – probably due to the physical closeness of the audience on three sides of the action. If you missed it last time then make sure you catch it during its current season at the Roundhouse. You’ll be glad you did. Five Stars.”

Time Off:   “The Kursk is as much the story of loved ones watching and waiting with the rest of the world. Adding to the mounting tension, thanks to brilliant sound and lighting design, there are some truly heart stopping moments.”

Curtain Up: Brisbane Theatre Reviews: ” … an excellent script which translates to a compelling theatre piece in the docudrama style.”

Stage Whispers: Ken Cotterill “Simply put, this is theatre at its very best.”

Other Reviews and Interviews (Queensland)

Arts Hub: Kirsten Leroux (JUTE Theatre, Cairns) NB Requires sign-in to read.

612 ABC Brisbane – Sasha Janowicz: Interview with Madonna King (Aug 13)

Other Reviews and Interviews (interstate and international)

Sydney Morning Herald:  ” A shipshape staging, but this drama about the doomed Russian submarine takes water.”

Time Out Sydney:  ” … strong stagecraft in a production very much worth catching at Darlinghurst Theatre before its short run is up.”

Canberra Times:  ” intensely moving and riveting production … a powerful theatrical experience that reminds us that we all share a common humanity and a duty to act.  Janowicz’s poetic homage to the dead and prophetic plea to the living closes with Chekhov’s ‘We should bury the dead and mend the living.’  This outstanding production of Janowicz’s finely acted work reminds us that there is much to mend before yet another lesson in history remains unlearnt.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Multimedia presentation narrated by Sasha Janowicz and the cast.

RT Moscow: Submarine Tragedy Remembered Across the World

The Moscow News:  Australian playwright Sasha Janowicz told the wire service that it took him seven years and two trips to Russia to carefully study the tragic events and write the play.

Making History With History: the Kursk interview (Alison Mooney for Scene)