by Paul Galloway


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by Paul Galloway

In the summer of 1939 in a small Moscow theatre a company of actors begins rehearsals of a new play to commemorate Stalin’s sixtieth birthday. It’s a tough gig, because for Soviet artists working towards the Radiant Future the old showbiz maxim ‘the show must go on’ is an order you can’t refuse.

Another opening, another show trial! Realism is a comedy of nerves, a backstage farce set in a pressure cooker. It’s about the spirit that makes art live and the forces that want to crush it.

This title appears in:

Queensland Premier's Literary Award - Best Drama (2009 winner)

Wal Cherry Best Unproduced Play of the Year (2007 winner)

Louis Esson Prize for Drama (2009 nominee)

Western Australian Premier's Award (2008 nominee)

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