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Summary

Adapted by Tanika Gupta
From the novel by Marina Lewycka

A lovesick grandfather. Two daughters at war. A must-see modern family drama.

Nikolai, an 86 year old retired Ukrainian engineer and tractor historian, has fallen in love with 36 year old Valentina and he’s determined to marry her and become a father again!

His daughters, Vera and Nadezhda, who haven’t spoken since the death of their mother, are totally unprepared for the grenade that’s about to explode into their lives. The sisters unite in horror to defend their father and what remains of his pension.

But is Valentina a refugee searching for better opportunities, or a bogus visa seeker trying to cheat a vulnerable old man?

As Valentina’s dreams of Western prosperity begin to shatter, things take a darker turn. Nadezhda and her shaken family must face the ghosts of their past, confront their heritage and rediscover relationships.

Marina Lewycka’s million-copy bestselling novel won The Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction and the Waverton Good Read Award, and was shortlisted for The Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005.

Award-winning writer Tanika Gupta (Anita and Me) and director Mark Babych have created a highly theatrical ensemble re-telling of this dark family comedy, which continues to have sharp relevance to today’s society.

Originally co-commissioned with Sheffield Theatres and developed with support from the National Theatre Studio.

Venue

Hull Truck Theatre
50 Ferensway
Hull
HU2 8LB
01482 323638

http://www.hulltruck.co.uk

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Venue Access

  • Accessible Toilets
  • Baby Changing
  • Blue-Badge Parking
  • Hearing Loop
  • Level Access
  • Wheelchair Access

Opening times

Monday 10am - 5.30pm (or 30 mins prior to show time)
Tuesday 10am - 5.30pm (or 30 mins prior to show time)
Wednesday 10am - 5.30pm (or 30 mins prior to show time)
Thursday 10am - 5.30pm (or 30 mins prior to show time)
Friday 10am - 5.30pm (or 30 mins prior to show time)
Saturday 10am - 5.30pm (or 30 mins prior to show time)
Sunday Closed (or from 1 hour prior to show time)

Creative Credits

Based on the novel by Marina Lewycka

Adapted by Tanika Gupta

Directed by Mark Babych

World Premiere Production

Originally commissioned by Sheffield Theatres