A Staged Reading in support of the Russian LGBT Network
A Little Hero presents the difficult reality of being gay in Putin's Russia with a literal interpretation of this sentiment – a surreal crematorium disguised as an experimental "treatment" device.
A Little Hero was written by Valeriy Pecheykin, a talented young, gay Russian playwright, in January 2014 and published in Russian in the alternative literary magazine, Mitin Journal. Because of a 2013 law banning distribution of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors, the magazine must be sold in a black plastic cover with a note announcing that it contains information unsuitable for persons under 18. For the same reason, the play stands no chance of being staged in Russia in the foreseeable future.
Pay What You Can: All proceeds will go to the Russian LGBT Network @rulgbtnet
With thanks to the actors who have given their time for free in support of this endeavour
About the company: The playwright, Valeriy Pecheykin, was born in 1984 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. After majoring in Economics and working as a journalist in Tashkent, he studied creative writing at Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow. He is the author of the plays My Moscow (2008), Net (2009), Lucifer (2008), Russia, Forward! (2011), A Little Hero (2014) and co-wrote the screenplay for Pavel Lungin's film The Conductor (Russia, 2012). A collection of his plays was published in Russia under the title Lucifer in 2013.
Writer: Valeriy Pecheykin
Translated by: Zhenya Pomerantsev & John Turiano
Director: Charlotte Evans
Twenty Something is supported by The Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter, where Freya first performed the show and in February 2018 it was performed at the Salisbury Playhouse as part of Theatre Fest West.
Pecheykin's play Falcons (2005) received two young playwright awards, Debut and New Drama. He currently works as a writer and dramaturge at Gogol Centre in Moscow and is a regular contributor for the Russian LGBT magazine KVIR.