Kursk photograph by Keith Pattison

A Young Vic and Fuel Production
In Collaboration with Bryony Lavery
Commissioned by The Junction, Cambridge

Originally funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award and Arts Council England

In the year 2000, a Russian submarine, the Kursk, suffered a huge explosion that ripped the bow apart and sent the vessel to the seabed. Inspired by this tragic event, our production takes the audience on the imagined journey of a British Submarine sent to spy on the Kursk. The audience is subsumed in the submarine space with us, silent observers to the events as they unfold, complicit in our world of secrecy and codes, witnesses to the last minutes of the Kursk.

The piece puts the audience at the heart of the story using a novel and highly engaging staging that embraces both the epic and intensely personal, and which will be infused with Sound&Fury’s unique theatrical style.

Using cutting edge sound design that creates the sonic equivalent of a virtual submarine, Kursk is an authentic and emotionally rich voyage into the icy depths of the Barents Sea and the dark recesses of the imagination.

Kursk film on The Space

Sound&Fury's Kursk, a Fuel film, written by Bryony Lavery and Sound&Fury and directed by Amanda Boyle can be viewed until Spring 2013 on The Space, the digital arts service from Arts Council England and the BBC.

Watch it here.

Sub Stories - Kursk podcasts

Alongside the film, Fuel presents Sub Stories, a series of podcasts about the making of Sound&Fury's Kursk film.

Both the film and the podcasts are available on The Space now.

Watch the Sydney Opera House trailer here.

Created in collaboration with award winning playwright Byrony Lavery.

Kursk was first performed at the Young Vic in London in June 2009 and was subsequently selected to be part of the British Council Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A UK tour followed in 2010 along with another sell-out run at the Young Vic. Kursk played at Sydney Opera House Studio Theatre in October 2011 to great critical acclaim. It is available for touring. Please contact Fuel for information.

"Unmissable" Evening Standard *****

"Kursk is an exceptional piece of theatre" Time Out ****


Ether Frolics photo by Sheila Burnett. Kursk photo by Keith Pattison.