International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project
“I spend the night in an officer’s barracks, where no woman has ever set foot.”
In the darkest recesses of Ukraine, a war is raging.
A journalist takes a research trip to the front line.
Teenage girls wait for soldiers on benches.
A medic mourns her lover killed in action.
Heart-breaking, powerful and bitterly comic accounts of what it is to be a woman in wartime.
“A body without a head in a body bag just doesn’t turn me on.”
Natal’ya Vorozhbit is the leading Ukrainian playwright of her generation and has worked with the Royal Court since 2004. Her work includes The Khomenko Family Chronicles, Maidan (Royal Court) and The Grain Store (RSC). Bad Roads will be directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone.
Big Idea: Natal’ya Vorozhbit in Conversation
Sat 25 Nov evening, post-show
Writer Natal’ya Vorozhbit and translator Sasha Dugdale in conversation with the Royal Court Young Agitators.
The event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.
“A masterly and woundingly memorable evening”
The Independent | Paul Taylor Read full review
“Complex and compelling”
The Times | Dominic Maxwell Read full review
“A shattering exploration of women in war by a Ukrainian playwright”
The Stage | Tim Bano Read full review
The Arts Desk | Aleks Sierz Read full review
“The cast are superb”
The Telegraph | Dominic Cavendish Read full review
Time Out | Andrzej Lukowski Read full review
“Sharply acted... There are echoes of Sarah Kane in Natal’ya Vorozhbit’s powerful play exploring the collateral damage suffered by women during Ukraine’s conflict”
The Guardian | Michael Billington Read full review
“The Royal Court’s International Playwrights strand brings us invaluable dramatic bulletins from all over the world”
Evening Standard | Fiona Mountford Read full review
“Vicky Featherstone’s staging is purposeful and direct… Nick Powell’s sound design is a remarkable, rumbling, foreboding presence which evokes a constant sense of dread”
WhatsOnStage | Daisy Bowie-Sell Read full review
“Vorozhbit incorporated the real-life accounts of her friends and acquaintances in creating this urgent, visceral piece, and perhaps part of the reason why the pain of these characters feels so real is because they are”
Exeunt | Corrie Tan Read full review
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Mon – Sat: 7.45pm (except 21 & 22 Nov 7pm)
Thu & Sat mats: 3pm (from 25 Nov)
Captioned: Wed 20 Dec 7.45pm
Running time: 1hr 40mins (approx)
Age guidance: 16+
Trigger warnings for productions
Seating is unreserved. Please note that due to the nature of the production some seats will have a more restricted view than others.
Choose a date
- Concessions First look Preview Press Night Matinee Captioned Show all
Mon 18 Dec 7.45pm
Tue 19 Dec 7.45pm
Thu 21 Dec 7.45pm
Fri 22 Dec 7.45pm