The play is in part a murder mystery. A detective finds himself investigating the disappearance of a wealthy young man. He keeps running into stories about a witch, and starts to wonder if the old tales have some truth in them. He partners up with an apprehensive local sheriff, and talks to a list of suspects including a university professor with a taste for younger men, a female boxer, a woman who runs a diner, her shy daughter, and an old woman who uses herbs and other natural things to heal people with various ailments.
Through it runs the Slavic myth of Baba Yaga and ancient magic, although the characters are all modern-day people living in a small town in Canada on the edge of a forest. The press release I was sent says:
"This genre-bending comedic fairy tale meets thrilling whodunit gives voice to an antihero of epic proportions while interrogating how her story has historically been told by men. From now on, you'll remember the name Baba Yaga for the right reasons."
I really enjoyed Yaga. If you get a chance, do go and see it. It runs until Saturday 19th November and is on at Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London. SW5 0LJ. Tickets are £15, £12 concessions. You can phone the box office on 02078352301 or visit the website: http://www.thedraytonarmstheatre.co.uk/
The photos on this post are press images from Yaga