By John Hodge

Directed by Emily-Rose Stead

The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 2018

Moscow 1938: A dangerous place to have a sense of humour...


Collaborators follows esteemed Soviet writer Mikhail Bulgakov, as he is blackmailed into writing a play about leader of the USSR, Joseph Stalin, for his 60th birthday. This darkly comic drama centres around the unlikely friendship between Bulgakov and the dictator, as they meet in secret underneath the Kremlin; Stalin helping to finish the play, and Bulgakov issuing security orders on the leader's behalf, accidentally inciting the Great Purge as he does so.


Mikhail Bulgakov - James Murphy

Joseph Stalin - Samuel Nicholls

Yelena - Emily Anna Lafoy

Vladimir - Eden Hastings

Grigory - Jed Spree

Vasilly - Luke Gyesi-Appiah

Praskovya - Molly Barber

Sergei - Sebastian Fage

Anna - Lydia Johnson

Doctor - Emma-Kate Barry

Actor One - Jessica Bank

Actor Two - Alex Rowntree


Producer & Technical Manager - Siobhan McAuley

Director - Emily-Rose Stead

Assistant Producer - Peter Firth

Publicity & Social Media Manager - Meg O'Mahony

Stage Manager - Alicia Ha

ASM - Abi Larkin & Edward Atterton

Costume Manager - Honor Johnston

Costume Assistant - Rebecca Baynes

Photographer - Hannah Clifford

Poster Design - Mohammed Patel