Raine special: Moses and Nina Raine dissect his new play, Donkey Heart

18th January 2015

Patrick Godfrey and Amanda Root in Donkey Heart. Photo: Robert Workman
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Donkey Heart by Moses Raine, directed by his sister Nina Raine, has transferred to the Trafalgar Studios from the Old Red Lion. They talk to Judi Herman about the play, inspired by their own Moscow family and set in a Moscow flat, crowded with three generations of one family; and about working together, coming from a family of writers including Boris Pasternak and Craig Raine; and about Nina’s play Tiger Country, currently revived at the Hampstead Theatre. Recorded at the Trafalgar Studios, 15 January 2015.

What’s interesting to me is that I know that Mo hasn’t sat down and read all of Chekov’s plays, but he wrote something Chekovian, not because he wanted to write a Chekov play but because he went to Russia and somehow the spirit of what he encountered resulted in a play that has Chekovian flavours.