The Promise

Sat 4th – Fri 10th Aug 2018


“Can a promise forged in war survive the trials of peace?”

One Word Productions


Debuting for the first week of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, One Word Productions presents Aleksei Arbuzov’s post-war Russian classic The Promise. An episodic, coming-of-age drama set in Leningrad, 1942, Arbuzov depicts the lives of three teenagers struggling to survive the savage wartime siege that claimed over a million lives. Through their sufferings, a powerful bond of love is formed. The war in which they lost everything but each other shadows their lives decades later as allegiances shift, love falters and their vow of solidarity is stretched to its limit.

With a cast and crew brimming with emerging talent from Tring Park School for Performing Arts and Oxford University, our production strives to uncover the real voice of Arbuzov who, along with other artists of his time, struggled to be heard amidst the censorship of an authoritative regime. At its heart, The Promise warns of the damaging effects of nationalism and the unrealistic expectations these ideologies can burden an entire generation with. Something audiences of today may be all too familiar with.

Admission: £7(£5)

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