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On the Night Side
(Nightlands / The Actor's Nightmare)


Jack MacGregor / Christopher Durang





Nightlands by Jack MacGregor
Nightlands is a dislocated environmental thriller which takes place in the extraordinary ex-Soviet ghost town of Pyramiden on the Svalbard Archipelago during a ferocious Arctic winter. Two Russians working a desolate job in the arctic embody two separate views of the fallen USSR; Slava, a young woman wishes to move past the history of her country, whereas Sasha, an older man, feels nostalgic and lost. Set in 1999 at the dawn of the Putin autocracy, Pyramiden’s caretakers play out a generational and ideological conflict.

The Actor's Nightmare by Christopher Durang
Having casually wandered onstage, George, an accountant, has been informed by a stage manager that one of the actors has been in an auto accident and he must replace him immediately. Apparently no one is sure of what play is being performed but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from Private Lives. As he fumbles through one missed cue after another, the other actors shift from one play to another - all while George is slowly losing any sense of what he should be doing. Biting through satire and surreal comedy, the end will leave you wondering - is this just a bad dream? Or a terrible nightmare?


Bor Messier (Nightlands)
Amber Daughtry (The Actor's Nightmare)


Sasha (Nightlands)

John Beadle

Slava (Nightlands)

Arina Merzliakova

George Spelvin (The Actor's Nightmare)

Paul Bilton

Meg (The Actor's Nightmare)

Artemi Bendandi

Sarah Siddons (The Actor's Nightmare)

Deborah Somers

Ellen Terry (The Actor's Nightmare)

Karen Sarmiento

Henry Irving (The Actor's Nightmare)

Chris Lee

Special Appearance (The Actor's Nightmare)

Matt Miller



Production Coordinator

Artemi Bendandi

Directing Mentors

Anne Jiricny, Anton Zherzdev

Lead Stage Manager

Severija Poskute

Stage Management Mentor

Jim Carson

Lighting Design

Tim Purdue

Sound Design

Eleanor Kelly

Sound Mentor

Oli Pont

Light and Sound Crew

Blanca Iglesias

Specialist Props Construction

Skye Hudson Daniels

Props and Stage Crew

Chantal Imhof, Members of ZEST

Costume Lead

Dana Ryffel

Make-up Advisor

Bettina Ament

Prompt Lead

Irene Lautenbach

Prompt Team

Beatrice Hungerbühler, Sarah Lebeck-Jobe, Karen Neil

Box Office Lead

Andrea-Manuela Rüttiman

Box Office Team

Phil Margolis, Alessio Del Toro, Darscia Massarut

Front of House Lead

Gweneth Grieve

Front of House Team

Joerg Grimm, Richie Grieve, Lorraine Kaelin, Edoardo Siano, Members of ZEST

Flyer and Programme Artwork

Oli Pont


Frederik Wolgast Rørbech


Daniele Dagani

Publicity and Marketing

Heather Hsieh

Special Thanks

Sarah Osbourne, directors' workshop; Linda Schürpf, loan of axe used in The Actor's Nightmare; The Toms at NODA Summer School, fight choreography

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