Purge by Sofi Oksanen at Arcola Theatre from 22 Feb
Purge, by Sofi Oksanen, English translation by Eva Buchwald is at the Arcola Theatre, east London, from 22 Feb 2012 - 24 Mar 2012.
Directed by Elgiva Field, lighting by Josh Pharo, design by Rosemary Flegg produced by Borealis Theatre in association with Oblique House.
Narrated through multiple story lines, Purge moves back and forth across time. We witness Aliide’s past, a period of night-time interrogations, when thousands of families were shipped to Siberia and partisans hid in the forests. In the present, Zara is trapped in a world ruled by corruption, sexual exploitation and organised crime. As the two women get to know each other a tragic and complex family drama of rivalry, lust, and loss starts to unfold - a story that reveals the worst years of Soviet oppression and the danger of political instability.