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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Aleksey Scherbak; Translated by Rory Mullarkey

Oberon Books

“A little masterpiece of power, wit and heart… powerfully expresses the absurdity of enmity, between neighbours. Pure, brilliant theatre.” –Libby Purves, The Times

'Extraordinarily powerful… I kept thinking how deeply both Mikhail Bulgakov and Sean O’Casey would have appreciated its human and artistic qualities… Unreservedly recommended.' –Paul Taylor, The Independent

'This is an instructive piece which neatly draws attention to one of Europe’s less widely reported scenes of political turbulence.' –Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard


Can you be a hero if you fought for Nazi Germany?


The Latvians who fought for the Third Reich and halted the Red Army parade as heroes every year through the streets of Riga. As a growing number of young Russians campaign to halt the 'fascist' march, their Latvian counterparts join the veterans in commemoration.

When teenager Anya becomes a political activist, her father's attempts to calm the situation stir up a storm of extremist patriotism. Remembrance Day takes an look at the fight for the political soul of Latvia.


Aleksey Sherbak lives in Latvia and is the author of 11 plays which have been performed in Belarus, Latvia, Russia and Sweden. He developed Remembrance Day as part of the Royal Court's Moscow workshops in 2008-2009.


Rory Mullarkey translates plays from Russian for the Royal Court Theatre and Belarus Free Theatre. He is currently Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

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