Bristol Theatre News

Double Bill of Cold War Plays at Alma Theatre Bristol

A double bill of plays will be coming to the Alma Tavern Theatre in Bristol this month, as part of a national tour to support War Child.

Idle Discourse and Play GC are bringing The Letters of Last Resort and Tales from Star City to the Clifton based theatre.

The gripping dramas explore the ‘brightest and darkest’ moments of Cold War history, which have taken on a new significance with recent political events.

Tales from Star City, by Dan Dawes, is set in the Soviet Union in 1967 at the height of the Space Race. The story centres on a woman looking back on her early dreams of being part of the Communist movement.

The Letter of Last Resort, by David Greig, takes place sometime later on the other side of the Iron Curtain. The Prime Minster needs to write a letter which can only say one of two things, but what it says could change the face of the Earth forever.

The company will be running collections at the shows to raise money in support of War Child, to fund help for those impacted by the war in Ukraine.

Writer and director Dan Dawes said: “We never imagined our tour of two Cold War themed plays would suddenly become so pertinent, but this is the world we are living in. These are two very different pieces of theatre, but both are about how power is used and can be abused. Unfortunately, as much as we’d like to assign these themes to history, we’re still feeling the effects now in a very real and awful way.”

The double bill of plays will run at the Alma Tavern Theatre on 27 and 28 May 2022. Running time is 2.10 hours with an interval.

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