The Kursk is a taut and thrilling play that recreates the disappearance and the rescue of the Russian nuclear submarine that captured the imagination of the world in August 2000. Follow the claustrophobic world of the trapped submariners, the urgency of the rescue led by the proud and obstinate Admiral Popov, and meet the wives and friends of the sailors who wait and watch as the rescuers fight against the impossible while the fate of their loved ones hangs in the balance.
"...taut and tense... not a single word is wasted!" - Amy Hyslop, 'Australian Stage Online'
"...incredibly moving and beautiful" - Katherine Lyall-Watson, 'ourbrisbane.com'
"...a remarkable script" - Kirsten Le Roux, 'Arts Hub'
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Male | 50s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 68
EXTRACT: I want to ask you, women: bring up your children to be worthy of their fathers. The submariners fulfilled their duty to the end. They honestly served their Motherland. We, here, did all in our powers and beyond in order to save them. Three thousand seamen of the Northern Fleet worked on the rescue of the boat, its crew ... but the circumstances were stronger than us.
Male | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 69
EXTRACT: Now I come here to pier 8 often. I talk to them all in my thoughts. I tell them how their inconsolable widows still love them, how their mothers pray for them, how stoically their fathers mourn... I ask their forgiveness that I remained alive. I tried drinking during the first days but vodka doesn't work on me no matter what I try. The more I drink the more sober I get. And there is no relief.