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The Promise

Venue 13, Edinburgh Fringe 2018

The Promise on a red background.

Technical Stage Manager and Lighting and Sound Designer

Love, youth and the devastating effects of war. The Promise explores these powerful, enduring themes in the context of one of the most deadly, yet often disregarded, events of World War II: The Siege of Leningrad. Directed by Ian Reddington.

I designed the light and sound with the help of students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as Technical Stage Manager for this project, directed by Ian Reddington at Venue 13 at the Edinburgh Fringe.

An episodic play set in the heart of Leningrad between 1942 and 1960, The Promise depicts the lives of three teenagers - Lika, Leonidik and Marat - seeking shelter in a derelict house during the siege. Through their sufferings, a powerful bond of love is forged. They make a vow to stay true to each other and to their younger selves, even though their lives might change. The war in which they lost everything but each other shadows their lives decades later, and the trio find themselves linked together in a symbiotic yet troubled triangle, unable to rid themselves of their irreconcilable love, or their unbreakable allegiance to each other. With its suggestion that the wartime siege emotionally devastated an entire generation, Aleksei Arbuzov's 1965 play depicts a daring preview of the disillusionment that finally tore apart the Soviet Union.

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