19:45, Tue 10th February 2015 - Sat 14th February 2015 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 4
As the New York Times put it, 'Pravda is an epic comedy - part The Front Page, part Arturo Ui - in which a press baron resembling Rupert Murdoch...does battle with over 30 characters as he conquers Fleet Street journalism and, by implication, liberal England's soul'. As Punch put it Pravda is also 'Savagely bitchy and often wildly funny'.
Ridiculous and hilarious, but powered by a central figure of reptilian evilness, Pravda is a comedic drama based in the newspaper print rooms of the 1980s. As a business man starts to treat the world of journalism like he does his dodgy business deals, he encounters moral resistance from a few individuals who seek to take him down. As careers rise and fall and revenge plots are created, the characters are lead into the age old conflict between ethical underdogs and corrupt powerhouses.
"'we' don't publish corrections...a newspaper isn't just a scrap of paper, it's something that people feel they have to trust. And if they can't trust it, why should they read it? A thing is true or it isn't. So by definition, what is printed must be true - otherwise why print it? And if we apologise and correct, how can the readers know what is true and what is not?"