Pavel Pryazhko’s highly distinctive plays have won him several major Russian language theatre awards and have been presented all over Europe.
Andrew Dickson from The Guardian called Pryazhko “a writer to watch” as “he knows how to leave the most profound things unsaid”. However, Pavel Pryazhko is fairly unknown in the UK: apart from one rehearsed reading at the Royal Court in 2011 and production of Harvest at Theatre Royal Bath and Soho Theatre in 2015 his plays haven’t reached the UK yet.
One of the most important traits of Pavel Pryazhko – is the ability to hear his time. For us, his contemporaries, to watch his plays – is an excellent opportunity to look at ourselves and the kind of society we live in. Locked Door is a play about emptiness of the soul and mind. This kind of emptiness has to be covered from friends and family, and one has to lock the door and pretend that “Everything is going fine…”.