Russian Dolls by Kate Lock

Winner of the 2015 Adrian Pagan award for playwriting, Kate Lock’s wise and witty new drama celebrates cross-generational relationships and lays bare the extraordinary virtue of self-determination. This uncompromising duologue is a tender portrait of how humanitarian values are blind.

Hilda is blind and lives alone. Camelia is a teenage offender looking for her next mark. Russian Dolls examines the singularly fierce friendship that forms between these women as they search for shared purpose in a broken Britain. In juxtaposing their dramatically different lives, the play offers a fascinating insight into the changing roles of women, the trappings of age and the worries of youth.

Writer Kate Lock comments, "I met the real Hilda at a pensioner's day centre. She was collecting windfalls to take home and make herself an apple crumble, completely blind. She lived completely independently. Her grit, humour and sense of self-worth were so inspiring, I felt compelled to write about her. Russian Dolls is her story."

The 2015 Adrian Pagan award was open to playwrights with one professionally produced play to date, to acknowledge the need for continued support of promising dramatists beyond their first production. The judging panel (Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre, Adam Spreadbury-Maher; Olivier-nominated writer and performer, Phoebe Waller-Bridge; playwright and dramaturg, Paul Sirett; theatre director and NT connections festival director, Audrey Sheffield; playwright, Tess Berry-Hart) selected Russian Dolls from over 300 entries. The 2016 award is now accepting submissions with this year’s judging panel to be announced in the Spring.

Adam Spreadbury-Maher says, "I started the Adrian Pagan award to provide a platform for distinctive new voices at the King’s Head. Kate’s writing is vivid, truthful and fiercely intelligent, and in a year of very strong entries, Russian Dolls was head and shoulders above the rest. I’m thrilled to finally show it to the world."

Russian Dolls was shortlisted for the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting before winning the Adrian Pagan award.

Performance Dates
Tuesday 5th – Saturday 23rd April 2016
Tuesday to Saturday, 8.30pm
Sunday matinees, 3pm
Saturday 23rd April matinee, 4pm

Running time 75 minutes

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Writer Kate Lock
Director Hamish MacDougall
Designer Becky-Dee Trevenen
Lighting Designer Joshua Gadsby
Sound Designer Max Pappenheim

Hilda Stephanie Fayerman
Camelia Mollie Lambert

King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, London N1 1QN,

The nearest underground stations are Angel (on the Bank branch of the Northern line) and Highbury & Islington (on the Victoria and London Overground lines). The nearest rail station is Kings Cross St Pancras.

Box Office Tickets are available priced £18 (£15 concessions)
Preview on Tuesday 5th April priced £10
Previews (6th and 7th April) priced £14
Available from King’s Head Theatre Box Office and or 020 7226 8561

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