Ramin Gray's production of Ivan Viripaev's Illusions embarks on a whirlwind tour and short London run this February. Staged by ATC, this exploration into the nature of true love by Russia's foremost contemporary playwright is the perfect antidote to the saccharine schmaltz of the Valentine's season.
The production was critically acclaimed when it received its English Language premiere last year and was subsequently selected to feature in The Bush Theatre's Radar Festival of new writing last November.
Passion and death, loyalty and betrayal, truth and fiction, hope and despair, Illusions is an enticing yet deceitful comedy that takes us on a journey through what true love is. Playfully unravelling the paradoxes of the lives and loves of two couples as they look back at their lives, it tells a tale of roads taken and those passed by, of understandings and misunderstandings and of the dangers of voicing certain thoughts and leaving others unsaid.
Ivan Viripaev, has won several major awards for his work including the prestigious Golden Mask and the Presidential Council Prize for Literature in Russia and awards at the Venice, Warsaw and Sochi Film Festivals. Illusions is his first work to be staged in the UK.