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"as acute as an Alan Bennett
but shot with an exotic
tenderness all of its own”
Time Out

 “A vivid, funny, touching yet uncloying account of the tears and laughter of an extraordinary experience”
The Sunday Times


Author: Caroline Blakiston
Format: Paperback (86 pages)
Published: 15 July 2011
Recommended Retail Price: £8.95

As I speak, my body floods with the realisation that I have done what I came here to do.  I’ve actually done it.  I allow myself a fiery thrust of achievement.  Up go my arms in the Olympic Gold Medal gesture.  “I’ve done it!” I yell in English.

The highly-acclaimed BLACK BREAD & CUCUMBER was written by Caroline Blakiston following her unique experience as the first English actress to perform in Chekhov in Russia in Russian (as Charlotta in The Cherry Orchard).  She first played the role in Taganrog, Chekhov’s birthplace, in 1991, and the following year at the Moscow Art Theatre. 

BLACK BREAD & CUCUMBER was realised from extensive diaries of her time living and working with Russian actors, both before and after the coup of 1991.  In 1994, Caroline was presented with the Golden Globe Award in Moscow for her special contribution to Russian Theatre.  Caroline has performed BLACK BREAD & CUCUMBER more than a hundred times all around the world.  It is not a play, but a true story shared with an audience.

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