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Bad Roads

Bad Roads

By Natal'ya Vorozhbit
Translated by Sasha Dugdale
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848427143, 80 pages, November 2017

Excerpt

"I spend the night in an officer’s barracks, where no woman has ever set foot."

Description

A journalist takes a research trip to the front line. Teenage girls wait for soldiers on benches. A medic mourns her lover killed in action.

Natal'ya Vorozhbit's play Bad Roads is a heartbreaking, powerful and bitterly comic account of what it is to be a woman in wartime.

It was premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, in November 2017, in a production directed by Vicky Featherstone. It was developed by the Royal Court International Department, and translated by Sasha Dugdale.

Reviews

"The patchwork of stories and images creates a powerful, occasionally indelible, picture of contemporary warfare… thought-provoking and frightening." —The Arts Desk

"A savage look at the dehumanising impact of war… swings between matter-of-fact horror and bitter comedy… masterly and woundingly memorable." —Independent

"Powerful… in her relentless focus on conflict’s female victims, Vorozhbit shows herself to be a Ukrainian Sarah Kane." —Guardian

"an urgent, visceral piece." —Exeunt Magazine

"Complex and compelling… an all-too-vivid vision of what it is to be a woman in wartime." —The Times

"Despite its grim subject matter, the play is often surprisingly still and quiet, and occasionally funny too… hammer[s] home the losses, desperations, brutal necessities and impossible resiliences of women in war." —The Stage