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“In the face of the brilliance of this production words seem to pale into inadequacy...Deliciously random, hysterically funny - quite delectable” 


– The Public Reviews


“Russian newspaper becomes priceless art, candles a forest...a mix of Vaudeville, romance, tragedy and old fashioned storytelling.” 


– Fringe Guru



“Ingenious...a playful delight in the very medium of theatre.”


-The Tab



“Captivating performances...a charming dynamism”


-Broadway Baby


"An old Russian widow falls in love with a painting hanging on the hallowed walls of the Hermitage. What happens when it is sent to auction and how far will she journey to get it back?" 

When darkness falls, a troupe of storytellers emerge from the depths of the auditorium to spin you a yarn. Using ancient props and costumes salvaged from productions past, marvel as we create a host of characters, plucked from our enchanted hatbox. Malevolent art historians and opportunistic chandelier salesmen come to life, with entrancing music played live on stage by our transvestite accompanist. This troupe might be a poor as church mice, but they are just as resourceful, showing that the theatre can be a rich place by little means.

Performed in Cambridge February 2011 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011.


Sophie Crawford

George Fouracres

Katherine Jack

Deli Segal

Lucie Shorthouse


Director and Designer

Andrew Brock

Assistant Director

Tamara Astor



Jeff Carpenter



Phoebe Biddulph



Hannah Laurence

Katie Lam

Lighting Design

Marvin​ Goddon

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