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The Kursk by Sasha Janowicz



THEMES: Russia, Submarines, The Navy, Mourning
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members

The Kursk recreates the disappearance and the rescue of the Russian nuclear submarine.


Capturing the imagination of the world in August 2000, The Kursk recreates the disappearance and the rescue of the Russian nuclear submarine. In the claustrophobic world of the trapped submariners, circumstances seem dire. For the proud and obstinate Admiral Popov, the rescue effort is urgent. And for the families of the sailors whose fates hang in the balance, news is anxiously awaited.


The Kursk was developed through the Queensland Theatre Company and first produced by Metro Arts in August 2007. Winner of the Bell Award for Best New Play, it became the largest ever tour of an independent production around Australia in 2009.

ISBN: 978-1-76161-020-2



"Sasha Janowicz’s script is lean, immediate, and its love focus engages us. This production of The Kursk is an example of what a dramatic medium theatre can be. Simply put, this is theatre at its very best."

Stage Whispers

"....possibly one of the best pieces of Independent Theatre I have had the pleasure of seeing... a fast paced piece that will have you on the edge of your seat."

Nigel Munro-Wallis, 612 ABC Brisbane

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