Skolka (4 stars)

This article is from 2007.


An engrossing insight into the plight of mail order brides

Three mail order bride applicants sell themselves to the audience, and before you know it you’ve followed their life history and found out exactly how they ended up smiling at a camera in desperation. This physically enthralling piece draws you into the lives of three Muscovite women struggling for their dreams, their independence and their men as we embark upon a whistle stop tour of their somewhat unfortunate lives.

The actors’ deliberate over the top delivery acts like the pro-plus of theatre, providing an instant energy boost. We see scenes of each of their lives and the circumstances that led them to Moscow aided by their overt physicality and sexuality. The women apply for jobs, are betrayed by men, judged by their families and messed around by friends. It’s the age-old tale of how the big smoke can swallow you up. Whimsical, tragic and engrossing the piece convincingly explores the way women are used and abused and how they use and abuse themselves. (Greer Ogston)

Underbelly, 0870 745 3083, until 26 Aug, 6.05pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).


  • 4 stars

Whimsical, tragic and engrossing piece about the process that drove three Russian women to become mail-order brides. 'Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2007'

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