I absolutely love acting in period plays but unfortunately so far I hadn’t had the chance to do a lot of period work. However, I was given the chance to get a 40s feel in the period drama “The Promise” by Aleksei Arbuzov.
The play spans 1942 to 1959 and takes place in a single Leningrad room. During the siege (well evoked through the sound of exploding shells), it is a derelict space with three starving teenage occupants: the idealistic Lika, the dubiously heroic Marat and the sickly, poetic Leonidik. But with peace, the idea of a cohabiting threesome becomes impossible, and Marat abruptly departs, leaving Lika, whom he loves, free to marry Leonidik. When Marat returns 13 years later, he forces the trio to confront the failure of their dreams, leaving the way open for a gesture of self-sacrifice.
Takis Christofakis directed the play with was produced in 2012 and I played “Lika”, the female lead alongside Andrey Krupa and Giorgos Panagiotou.