by Sofi Oksanen

at Arcola Theatre

Director - Elgiva Field

Designer - Rosemary Flegg

Associate Designer - Jim Field

Lighting Design - Joshua Pharo

Sound Design - James Flockton

Marketing - Ian Whitaker

PR - 

Production Photography - Simon Kane


Aliide Truu - Illona Linthwaite

Young Aliide Truu - Rebecca Todd

Hans Pekk - Kris Gummerus

Zara - Elicia Daly

Martin Truu - Johnny Vivash

Lavrenti [Soldier 1] - Liam Thomas

Pasha [Soldier 2] - Benjamin Way

Voice of Ingel Pekk - Clara Andersson

******The detail and ingenuity with which it is staged by Borealis Theatre are impressive.’

 Time Out

******’What to see: Lyn Gardner’s Theatre Tips “EXCELLENT.” 


******★★★★ ‘GRIPPING... Elgiva Field’s production brings us up close to the terrifying times and tough choices faced by those unlucky enough to live in Estonia under Soviet occupation.’  

Daily Telegraph


Exeunt Magazine

******An intense, gripping production.  An exceptional cast. Monumental.’ 

The Stage

******★★★★½« ‘A play of extraordinary depth and clarity: Highly Recommended.’ 

The Public Reviews

******★★★★ ‘Enlightening. Thought-provoking. Important.’  


******‘I am convinced that I have witnessed something groundbreaking.’ 

A Younger Theatre

****** Purge blazes like a forest fire - a supercharged, searing experience that only theatre can create... It is the kind of production that thrills – deeply moving, wildly different and beautifully conceived and performed. And if you can see it in Hackney – believe me, you should.’ 

Broadway World

**★★★★★ ‘Stone-cold brilliant. Purge is a superlative piece of theatre: thought-provoking, eye-opening and, at times, heart-rending – catch  it while you can, as soon as you can... The committed conviction of all the performances elevates Purge to that select handful of Fringe and off-West End shows I have seen which I would heartily back for a West End transfer.’ 

One Stop Arts

In association with Oblique House.

Supported by: 
Embassy of Finland in London
Embassy of Estonia in London

Viv Groskop in conversation with Sofi Oksanen, Robert Service and Elif Shafak

"Politics Versus the Personal:  Totalitarianism Stamps out Love"

In conjunction with the UK theatre premiere of PURGE Journalist Viv Groskop led a dynamic discussion about politics, love and oppression with three influential writers at the Frontline Club. www.frontlineclub.com/events/

Viv Groskop:  Groskop is a British journalist, literary critic and broadcaster. She writes for the Guardian and Observer and appears regularly on Sky News and BBC Radio 4. A contributor to Russian Vogue for ten years, she speaks Russian fluently and her interview subjects include Alexander Litvinenko's widow Marina, Beslan survivor Fatima Dzgoeva and novelist Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. 

Sofi Oksanen: Recognised as a potential Nobel prize-winner by the Swedish press, Oksanen is an award winning Finnish-Estonian writer actively involved in the public debate in Finland.  Her novel Purge is an international best seller and was Sunday Times book of the year 2010.  The book was building on the play Purge commissioned by the Finnish National theatre in 2007.

Robert Service: A Fellow of the British Academy and of St Antony's College, Oxford, Service has written extensively on the history of Soviet Russia. His many books include the highly acclaimed  Lenin: A Biography,   Russia: Experiment with a People,   Stalin: A Biography   and Trotsky winner of the Duff Cooper Prize.

Elif Shafak:  A truly international writer Shafak blends East and West, feminism and tradition, the local and the global, Sufism and rationalism, creating one of today's most unique voices in literature.   Among her many books you’ll find The Bastard of Istanbul anThe Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi.


Eight Women  

by Robert Thomas

at Southwark Playhouse

Director - Elgiva Field

Translator - Donald Sturrock

Designer - Anna Bliss Scully

Lighting Design - Nicki Brown

Sound Design - Rob Lewis

Marketing - Ian Whitaker

Production Photography - Simon Kane


Gonoril - Bernice Stegers

Regan - Sasha Waddell

Susanna - Kate Ward

Catherine - Sophie Kennedy Clark

Alice - Tamara Hinchco

Maureen -  Maxine Howard

Louise - Alice Anthony

Zinka - Clara Andersson


******★★★★ ‘This is a real comedy thriller. Catch it whilst you can.’


******’A raucous piece of frivolous fun and a great vehicle for an all-female cast’ 

The Stage

******‘A romping night out’  

The Telegraph

******‘Almodovar meets Agatha Christie’ 

Exeunt Magazine

******★★★★★‘The all-woman cast is remarkable’ 


******‘I enjoyed it immensely and found it not just entertaining but good use of both my time and money’ 

Webcowgirl's London theatre reviews


Borealis Theatre at the ICA  

In support of the upcoming production of


Director - Elgiva Field

Costume advice - Isabelle Mondsee

Photography - Jana Chiellino


Eperor Nero - Carl Prekopp

Empress Octavia - Leanne Davis

Poppaea - Suzanne Ahmet

Otto - Dan Wheeler

General Cornivus - Rob Taylor

Nutrice - Clara Andersson

Claudia - SarahOgley

Selika - Yolanda Mpele

Brutus - Matthew Thomas-Crouziers

Jester - James Baldwin

Dantisca - Sian Goff

Alexa - Frances Bifield

Darius - Hemi Yeroham

Priestess - Rosie Heafford

Soothsayer - Josh Hemmings


Poppea Soprano - Ruth Jenkins

Nero Counter Tenor - John Lattimore


Lutanist - Arngeir Hauksson

Harpist - Nicola Brooke



The Father  

by August Strindberg

at the Theatre Museum

Director - Nikki Flacks

Designer - Roswitha Gerlitz

Composer - Stuart Hancock


Captain Adolf -  Llewellyn St David

Laura - Clara Andersson

Doctor Ostermark - PeterWarnock

Margaret - Sheridan MacDonald

Bertha - Nicci Holtby

Pastor Jonas - Alyn Gwyndaf

Corporal Noyd - Robin Kirwan


******At the Theatre Museum , there's a fine version of Strindberg,s The Father ably directed by Niki Flacks.  Velvet-voiced Peter Warnock makes a convincing and faintly creepy Doctor Ostermark, and the outstanding performance is Clara Andersson's icily erotic Laura.

The Spectator

*******... extremely seductive... Llewellyn St David and Clara Andersson are magnetic on stage.

On the Fringe Radio


*******Llewellyn St David and Clara Andersson lead a superb ensemble cast, who work together with energy and pace under director Niki Flacks.

A World to Win blog

********Three Stars 

Time Out



























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