Dimitry Devdariani - Theatre Director
 

Dimitry Devdariani
theatre director

Dimitry Devdariani theatre director
   
Dimitry Devdariani theatre director
 
Little Greyneck

The Little Greyneck
By Mamin Sibirak
Performed in Russian with English subtitles

Mamin-Sibiriak is one of the most lyrical and tender voices of nineteenth century russian literature. In Russia, as in Western Europe, the second half of the ninetenth century was a time of quick progress, inventions and rapid development in engeneering. That meant that railways, new roads and growing cities had their inevitable impact on nature. Ancient woodlands and green fields had to retreat and make way for so called "progress".

Many authors saw clearly the negative impact this situation started to have on the environment, they foresaw future dangers too. Chekov, Turgenev, Bunin and Mamin-Sibiriak spoke of that process in very different ways. Mamin-Sibiriak's way was the way of a true poet, of a lyrical fairy tale, where every tree stump could feel, every creature could speak and every leaf could hear.

His Little Greyneck is an excellent example of that. It's a tale that teaches children to value and respect the environment and every being (no matter how small!) that inhabits it. Although occasionally this fairy tale becomes very dramatic, it never ventures into areas of "harsh" and "cruel". It allows children to experience a wide range of emotions without making them frightened, or unduly upset. Perhaps that particular quality speaks of the deep humanism of its author..

The cast: Elizaveta Timoshenko, Artur Valitov/Álvaro Núñez, Daina veprauskiene/Anna Grinevich, Leonid Kara, Olga Zakharevskaya, Erna Rozmislovich, Annabell Reay, Lina Kruikova, Anastasia Bychai, Vladimir Filimonov, Lubov Parkins, Daina Veprauskiene, Anna Grinevich, Bijan Badi, Janetta Rajevskaya.

Written by Mamin Sibirak
Directed by Dimitry Devdariani
Performed by Russian Classics Theatre London
at the Courtyard Theatre in January 2019

 
 
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Playing Turgenev
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Playing Turgenev
Playing Turgenev
Playing Turgenev
Playing Turgenev
Photos by Bashir Borlakov

Audience feedback

The Russian Classics Theatre is bringing London all the wonderful magic of its country's literature, one play at a time. LITTLE GREYNECK, a fairy tale by Mamin-Sibirak was their first offering in 2019 and it was charming.

Director Dimitry Devdariani swept us into a world where animals protected one another and humans respected the integrity of all living things. The very talented cast brought the beauty of universal love and understanding to London's Courtyard Theatre where the snow danced before our eyes; Little Greyneck, a duck with a broken wing finds a warm loving home and the wicked Fox is spared. A perfect story for us all to remind us that life is too precious to destroy and happily ever afters really happen.

Lynn Ruth Miller Comedienne, author and artist

 
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