THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS
Once upon a time, in 2005, 20-year-old Annie is sent by her mother back to her native Russia to brush up on the language, and lose her American accent. Underneath an opulent, neon-lit, post-Soviet Moscow she discovers an enchanted motherland – teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears.
While staying with an old family friend, Annie meets Masha and Katya – two glamorous Moscovians who introduce her to a world of magic, mystery, and vodka. But then, Masha disappears and Annie and Katya set out to save her.
Annie must learn how to become the heroine of a story more mysterious, treacherous and absurdly funny than any childhood fable; her own. She quickly learns that not every fairytale has a happy ending…
“The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls takes place in a kind of dreamland. But in this dreamland, people sleep with one eye open.” – New York Times
NICK CASEY | Set Designer
SARAN JONES | Associate Set Designer
JUSTIN HAYES | Lighting Designer
FIONA PITT | Costume Designer
ISABEL KENNEDY | Costume Supervisor
MARK FRENCH | Sound Designer
MATTHEW BOLDING | Composer
MEG PETHYBRIDGE | LX Operator
AMANDA NELSON | Associate Producer
ERICA FIELD | Annie
Erica Field is an actor and devisor working across the mediums of film, theatre and live art. She has appeared in a number of short films and commercials and last year landed a supporting role in the independent feature film The Legend of Ben Hall. She also continues to work closely with the live art company, Little Dove Theatre Art, whose works she has appeared in for over a decade. Erica graduated with a degree in Performance Studies from QUT in 2006. Born and raised in Brisbane, she is currently Melbourne-based.
CAZZ BAINBRIDGE | Masha
With a Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe University, Cazz has performed in several theatre productions, film, television and TVCs as well as furthering her studies under the mentorship of Kerry Armstrong. Cazz has been a member of performance art collective Gold Satino since 2012, devising and performing in their past six productions. Their most recent production of Dion at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival was the winner of the Liveart’s Experimental Art Award and Best Performance and received two Green Room nominations.
LAILA THAKER | Katya
Laila is a professionally trained Indigenous Actor based in Melbourne. With over 10 years experience in acting, her studies in Theatre and Human Movement have been both here and abroad. Since graduating from JCU Cairns in 2009 and The Actor’s Workshop Brisbane in 2013, Laila has been cast in numerous Films, Theatre Productions, TVCs and Music Videos. Most notably, ABC’s The Queen and I, JUTE’s The Salt Remains, LA feature film San Andreas, and the award winning Mirror Force by David Craig. She is currently an ensemble member for Melbourne’s Boutique Theatre Company and Girls Act Good Collective.
FELICITY STEEL | Yaroslava Yanovna/Baba Yaga
Felicity Steel is a theatre-maker and co-founder of Ellipsis, Sharp Women and Fight the Good Fight -Melbourne. Felicity’s CV contains both British and Australian credits. Most recent theatre work: Our Days are as Grass at The Depot Theatre, Sydney. Films include Tracks, Predestination and Apocalyptic. Felicity has been the Victorian rep for The Society of Australian Fights Directors Inc. since 2010. She has taught Stage Combat at NIDA, VCA, University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and has choreographed fights for Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia, Victorian Opera and The Australian Ballet and at MTC and recently was Melbourne Fight adviser for The Play That Goes Wrong.
JESSICA TANNER | Passport Control Officer/Professor/Valentina
Jessica is a graduate of the National Theatre Drama School and, more recently, the Victorian College of the Arts in Postgraduate Voice Studies. She has performed extensively around Australia, touring to the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Brisbane Festival, the Gloucester Shakespeare Festival, the Melbourne Fringe and The Melbourne Comedy Festival. Her recent theatre credits include the Green Room nominated production of Coriolanus with Heartstring Theatre, The Tempest with the Melbourne Shakespeare Company, Abigail/1702 with Boutique Theatre Company, The Legend of King O’Malley with Don’t Look Away and The City They Burned with Attic Erratic.
LINDA COOKSON | Olga
Linda Cookson is a graduate of the Journey ( Actors’ Centre Australia ) where she trained under Dean Carey and Ensemble Theatre under Hayes Gordon. She has performed at the Malthouse, La Mama, Gasworks, the Butterfly Club, Belvoir Street Theatre and the Independent Theatre in Sydney. She has performed in the Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival on a number of occasions. In film, she has worked for VisualEyes Productions, Sense Advertising, Neon films and Durkin Street Films.
LUCINDA BARRATT | Nastya/Other Katya
Lucinda graduated from Monash University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Performing Arts, with further studies in Music Theatre at Showfit and Meisner technique with Ward Acting Studio in both Melbourne and New York City. In 2015, Lucinda toured Australia in the role of Shellington, in Octonauts: Operation Reef Shield (Life Like Touring) while appearing in the highly successful Songs of Ahrens and Flaherty (Flourish Productions). Lucinda’s other credits include Mabel in An Ideal Husband (Boutique Theatre), Rhiannon in the highly successful season of Sunday’s Roast (Driving Monks Productions) as part of the Midsummer Festival and A Conversation Unfit for a Funeral (Shh Please!).