The Monster's Apprentice is a dark and moody tale set in the shadow of Stalin's Russia.

The year is 1938 and Europe is on the brink of total war. In the Soviet Union monsters stalk the land. No-one is safe from the terror which devours Mother Russia and all her children. In the catacombs under the Kremlin, 17 year old Vasily Stalin, contemplates his inheritance and sets in motion a plan to finally win the approval of his father. But just how far is the troubled youth prepared to go? Who can he trust and who will he destroy?

  • storytelling and traditional historical drama
  • 90
  • 2 total
  • 2 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | Unspecified | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 18

EXTRACT: On a busy city corner Kazakovs pulls up outside an army supply centre where the slug and Gazelle stand impatiently. They clamber in the front - the slug whispering something under his breath. As Kazakovs navigates his way to our mystery destination I am tossed this way and that. I wonder - is this the last time I will witness the wintry streets of Moscow? Finally, as dusk approaches - we reach the steady banks of the Moskva. I anticipate that any breathe could be my last.


Male | Unspecified | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 3

EXTRACT: I was a poor revolutionary. Of the enemy I killed too few. Estimates? Well...(Nicholas shrugs) ...they vary. Most would suggest zero - but I know it to be otherwise. Never take for fact what the rabble regard as common knowledge - it will trip you up every time. Soldiers - for instance, they talk. They have much time in which to do so. Rumours that Comrade Stalin is a Tzarist spy sweep the camp like wildfire.

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