The Faction presents
by Maxim Gorky in a new version by Emily Juniper
Vassa is the head of the business, head of the family, a self-made millionaire. Exactly how far will she go to keep things that way?
Attacked by the striking dock workers, disregarded by her daughters, humiliated by her husband, and with few people to trust, this matriarch has got her work cut out.
Emily Juniper’s searing adaptation transposes Maxim Gorky’s seldom-seen masterpiece to the 1990’s Dockers’ Strike in Liverpool in a new production from award-winning ensemble The Faction.
Playwright, activist and sometime political exile Maxim Gorky (1868 – 1936) was a founder of socialist realism and nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature five times. His revision of Vassa Zheleznova was performed by every major Soviet theatre within 5 years of publication. This production commemorates the 80th anniversary of his death on 18 June.
Off-West End Most Promising Playwright Award nominee Emily Juniper’s debut play Restitution was produced at the Edinburgh Festival, Theatre503 and later revived at the King’s Head Theatre. Her other adaptations include Strindberg’s Miss Julie and Euripides’ Medea, both for The Faction. Emily holds an MA in Illustration and Authorial Practice and combines her writing with unique presentations of the text itself, winning a Design Award from the Newspaper Club for Worn.
The Faction is a critically acclaimed ensemble reinvigorating classic texts for 21st Century audiences. They have won the Peter Brook Equity Ensemble Award for their productions of Schiller in the UK, and the Off West End Award for Best Ensemble for their repertory seasons, and received 17 further nominations for their work in London, across the UK and internationally.
Previous praise for The Faction:
“They display a unity that augurs well for their future”
Michael Billington, The Guardian on Mary Stuart
“What impresses most is the organic inspiration of the ensemble work”
Paul Taylor, The Independent on Twelfth Night
“Yet another bold achievement for a very talented ensemble”
Daisy Bowie-Sell, Time Out on The Talented Mr Ripley
This production is supported by The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation.
Rachel Valentine Smith
Rachel / Liza
Sergei / Alexei