Beauty is Prison-Time

Photograph by Alexander Ford

Written and performed by Zoe Mavroudi
Directed by Terra Vandergaw


A Siberian prison. A beauty pageant. The winner gets parole.

A solo play inspired by a real Russian prison pageant.

Lyudmilla, a young inmate of a Russian prison, competes in the annual prison beauty pageant in hopes of winning the coveted grand prize: parole. As she sews her costume and rehearses for the big day, Lyudmilla weaves together her dreams for the future with her memories of being trapped in the merciless web of the Moscow underworld and reveals the heart-breaking truth behind her incarceration.

Production Team

Sound Design: Nikos Tsines, Zoe Mavroudi
Set design: Ika Avaliani 
Costume design: Zoe Mavroudi
Seamstress: Despina Tsine 
Recordings: Internation, Inc.

Presented in association with Giant Olive Theatre Company


Friday, 14th December 2012

Le Pavé d'Orsay
48 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris

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“…moving, disturbing … Mavroudi demonstrates what an accomplished performer she is.”
The Stage

“…a delicately ensnaring performance …”
Time Out London ***

“Mavroudi is pitch perfect ... a standout performance.”
What's On Stage****

“This is a quite remarkable performance ... a life enhancing experience to share in.”
The British Theatre Guide ****

Paris Voice