Russian Dolls: An Exploration of Two Broken Souls Forming A Bond In Modern Britain


Russian Dolls by Kate Lock

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

Tuesday 5th – Saturday 23rd April 2016

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.


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