The Project

The Blue Blouse (Синяя блуза) theatre troupe were an influential agitprop theatre collective in the Soviet Union, created by Boris Yuzhanin under the auspices of the Moscow Institute of Journalism. They were an important theatre movement, now long forgotten. They thrived between 1923 and 1927, when they merged with the Workers Youth Theatre.

At the time of their disappearance the Blue Blouse movement had 5,000 companies with more than 100,000 members across the Soviet Union.

This project is a collaboration between a number of people with the aim of making available in a digital format a facsimile of a Blue Blouse magazine published in 1927 in an english translation.


In 2016 the London based theatre company The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor created a show to reflect the style and content they believe the Blue Blouse companies might have used. This has been performed at a number of venues in London, including the Royal Academy.

During research for the piece, the director came across an original copy of the Blue Blouse Magazine (regularly published for the members of the 5,000 Blue Blouse groups that sprang up across the USSR) from 1927. He subsequently decided that it might be worthwhile sharing the content of the magazine with a wider, English speaking audience. And so, a translation project was born.

The work of producing the English language version of issue No. 70 of the Blue Blouse magazine was undertaken by the following individuals:

Kim Ashton, Lucy Daniels, Dorothy Dickinson, Oleg Fedorov, Liath Gleeson, Siobhan McNamara, Gary Merry, Sarah Smyth, and Olga Taranova.