Svetlana in

By Valentina Levkowicz  Director Kate Gaul

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 15 Nov – 8 Dec 2002

    In the eastern suburbs of Adelaide in the Cold War 1960s, Svetlana, the daughter of Russian immigrants, dreams of escaping the world of Dad’s smallgoods shop and her ever-disintegrating family into sci-fi, spaceships and stars. While Svetlana lives out her anxious, gut-wrenchingly funny adolescence her sister makes a break for freedom in the back seat of her boyfriend’s MG; her father tries to maintain his white-knuckled hold over his family and her mother does battle with mental illness before it claims her forever.

    Part yearning cosmic fantasy, part tribute to an awkward adolescent survival, Levkowicz’s rich and endearing play transcends both the clichéd suburban vistas of Anglo Australia , and the tough migrant’s survival story, with honesty, imagination and deadpan humour.

    Val Levkowicz began her association with Belvoir in our very first production, Patrick White’s Signal Driver in 1985, when she played impish Second Being buzzing behind Kerry Walker’s Ivy and John Gaden’s Theo Vokes. Half a lifetime later it was great for Val to come back with her story. And it was great to welcome back director Kate Gaul, after her thrilling success with The Laramie Project in 2001.


    Sacha Horler
    Kristof Kaczmarek
    Valentina Oustimovitch
    Tim Richards
    Justin Smith
    Rachel Szalay


    By Valentina Levkowicz
    Director Kate Gaul
    Designer Stephen Curtis
    Lighting Designer Stephen Hawker
    Composer Iain Grandage
    Sound Designer Wei Han Liao

    Production images by Uncredited

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