By Alma de Groen. Canberra Repertory. Directed by Liz Bradshaw. Theatre 3, 5–21 September 2019.
The consequence of societal failure to learn the lessons of history underpins this combination of historical and science fiction. In 1950s Stalinist Russia, innocents are routinely arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned or “disappeared” in ideological pogroms, and the politically suspect poet Anna Akhmatova (a historical poet of the era, played with compelling restraint by Karen Vickery), is obliged to appear at her window at two set times daily to prove that she has not left her flat, which she now shares with Lili (played with great intensity