How would you behave if the city in which you have grown up, worked and made your life suddenly becomes your prison? How would you react if the shops no longer had food for everyone? If your flat no longer had heating, running water and electricity? How would your relations with your family, your friends, your neighbours, be affected when all are in a state of perpetual hunger?
Elena, Katia and Olga have to face these questions. They live in an important city rich in history and culture. Every summer they can leave it to holiday in the countryside. But in June 1941, that life will change dramatically. Hitler invades the Soviet Union, and Leningrad is surrounded by the German army. A siege of the city will start in September that will last 872 days. Elena, Katia, Olga and the Others was inspired by the diaries of women, who lived through this siege, to explore what everyday existence must have been like, and all the dilemmas raise by the struggle for survival in a community cut off from everything.
A censorship of the realities of the blockade was imposed by the Soviet Union for many years. Many records and diaries were destroyed or suppressed, so that the story is unknown to many people to this day and can be a contentious subject still in Russia.
The aim of this play is to bring the story of the siege to a wider audience, and to give a voice to some of the women who endured it.
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