Vengeance drama set for take off at Finborough

My Eyes Went Dark

Nikolai Koslov avenges the death of his family in a plane crash – by killing the air traffic controller he holds responsible.

“I’m not saying he wasn’t put in a dreadful position. But it’s an inescapable fact he did it. He commanded those pilots to dive. To their deaths. Whatever the reasons.”

Could there be a more timely drama for the London stage? 107 Group presents My Eyes Went Dark, a story inspired by real events. Matthew Wilkinson’s play opens at the Finborough Theatre on August 25.

My Eyes Went Dark, a two-hander starring Thusitha Jayasundera and Cal MacAninch, was originally developed with the support of The National Theatre Studio.

Nikolai Koslov avenges the death of his family by killing the air traffic controller he holds responsible.

Maintaining he can’t remember his crime, Nikolai serves four years in a Swiss prison before being suddenly released.

Back home in Ossetia he’s greeted as a national hero and is even given a ministerial position.

But grief and remorse cannot stay buried forever…

Cal MacAninch has played Hamlet at the Glasgow Citizens, performed in Anna Karenina with Shared Experience and most recently appeared on stage as Robbie Ross in David Hare’s The Judas Kiss at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

His numerous leading roles in television and film include Banished, Mr. Selfridge, Garrow’s Law, Downton Abbey, Rockface and Warrior.

Thusitha Jayasundera most recently appeared in Behind The Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre) as well as filming a regular role in new BBC drama Doctor Foster.

Nominated for the Ian Charleson Award and a veteran of the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, she has starred in four series of Above Suspicion and was a series regular in Holby City and The Bill.

Writer/director Matthew Wilkinson’s previous plays include Sun Is Shining, Red Sea Fish and co-author of the UK adaptation of Hideki Noda’s Red Demon.

His short films have screened internationally, including official festival selections in London, Berlin, Paris, Siena and Nashville. Matthew trained at RADA and has has worked in theatre, film, TV and
animation.

My Eyes Went Dark will run at the Finborough Theatre from August 25-September 19.

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