Three Weeks gave us our third really good Fringe review! Here it is:
“In this quirky adaptation of Chekhov’s ‘On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco’, puppet character Nikolai Nikotine (drawn from Ivan Ivanovich Nyukhin), a smoker, is forced by the unseen presence of his domineering wife to deliver a conference on the harmful effects of smoking. Chekhov’s droll and moving monologue on the desire to stop bending to the will of others and stand as a self-governing individual works well as a puppet show– the themes of control and independence acquire a new dimension when it is the puppet who is mourning his loss of free will. Sequences of Russian folk music and dance are cleverly choreographed, and a singing mouse is cute to say the least – this is a readily accessible show.”
We also had an invitation from the director of the Prague Fringe to participate in the festival! This is a great opportunity and we are very happy for that chance to show our work on that theatre platform!
Here is the info about our show Nikotine:
Aug 14-19 14:50
Aug 21-27 14:15
Venue 29: Paradise in the Vault
11a Merchant Street
Box Office: 0131 510 0022
Sub-categories: puppetry, solo show, physical theatre, comedy
Ticket price: 8.50 (concessions 6.50)
Group Name: Milena Milanova of Atelier 313
In this adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play On the Harmful Effects of Smoking, Nikolai Nikotine is forced by his overbearing wife to deliver a symposium against one of his only remaining pleasures in life: smoking. But his topic soon turns from tobacco to the pitfalls of marriage and the trials and tribulations of being Nikolai Nikotine. Further in this blog you can find video teasers and more detailed information about the show and the artist.
Over the course of an hour, Nikotine lies and tells the truth, loves and hates, sings and dances, makes important decisions and introduces the audience to his only friends.
- 2012 : First prize on the 7th International Festival Gala Star in Bacau, Romania
- 2011 : First prize on the 7th International Festival of The Solo Puppeteers in Lodz, Poland
- 2011 : Award of the puppetry section of The Polish Stage Actor’s Society on the 7th International Festival of The Solo Puppeteers.
- 2011 : Award of the polish section of UNIMA on the 7th International Festival of The Solo Puppeteers.