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Witness Onstage: Documentary Theatre in Twenty-First-Century Russia

Molly Flynn


Since the early 2000s, Russia’s most innovative theatre artists have increasingly taken to incorporating material from real-life events into their performance practice. As the Kremlin’s crackdown on freedom of expression continues to tighten, playwrights and directors are using documentary theatre to create space for public discussion of injustice in the civic sphere and its connections to the country’s twentieth-century past. This book traces the history of documentary theatre’s remarkable growth in Russia since its inception in 1999 and situates the form’s impact within the sociopolitical se ... More

Keywords: Documentary theatre, Russia, memory studies, civic engagement, practice research, Putin, arts activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526126191
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526126207


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Molly Flynn, author
Birkbeck, University of London