MINI-FESTIVAL OF NEW BRITISH DRAMA AT DOVZHENKO CENTRE
On September 21-22, Dovzhenko Centre will hold public readings of contemporary British plays which were translated into Ukrainian for the first time and staged by finalist of British Council’s theatre programme, Taking the Stage.
In June-July 2016, the British Council held a competition between Ukrainian drama theatres and emerging directors to stage one of five contemporary UK plays. Each of the ten finalists of the competition will present their reading of the selected play involving the actors of the theatre that the application had been submitted from.
The readings will be the first-time presentation on these texts in Ukraine and an opportunity for Ukrainian viewers to see current British drama.
The mini-festival will take place in the renovated exposition space at Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre (1 Vasylkivska Street, Kyiv).
Admission is free.
Schedule of the festival:
17.00 – 17.30 Roza Sarkisian, Blackbird (Kharkiv Theatre for Children and Youth)
17.45 – 18.15 Viktoriia Filonchuk, Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone (Chernihiv Regional Academic Drama Theatre)
18.30 – 19.00 Yevhen Merzliakov, Lungs (Lugansk Regional Academic Ukrainian Musical and Drama Theatre, Severodonetsk)
19.15 – 19.45 Pavlo Yurov, The Pitmen Painters (First Stage of Contemporary Drama “Drama.UA” Lviv)
20.00 – 20.30 Dmytro Zakhozhenko, Lungs (New Drama Theatre on Pechersk, Kyiv)
17.00 – 17.30 Serhii Kornienko, Blackbird (Zakarpattia Regional State Drama Theatre, Mukacheve)
17.45 – 18.15 Kira Malinina, Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone (Theatrre Laboratory, Kharkiv)
18.30 – 19.00 Tamara Trunova, Under the Blue Sky (Kyiv National Academic Operetta Theater)
20.00 – 20.30 Vlada Belozorenko, Lungs (Kyiv Academic Youth Theatre).
The plays that will be presented during the mini-festival were written and staged in British theatres in the past 15 years; they were selected taking into account wide critical and viewer acclaim, their successful production history in the UK and the expectations of Ukrainian audiences.
The partners of the Taking the Stage programme are NGO Theatre Platform (Ukraine) and four British theatres that stage new work: YoungVic (London), Hull Truck Theatre (Hull), Live Theatre (Newcastle upon Tyne) and Sherman (Cardiff). The directors and producers of these theatres will be assisting the winners all through the production period. The programme also provides training in British theatres, public master classes and workshops, cash awards for winners and communication support for the productions.
The project’s expert panel responsible for selecting the finalists and winners of the programme includes representatives of the partner theatres, the British Council and Ukrainian theatre professionals: director Dmytro Bohomazov, theatre critic Hanna Veselovska and playwright Natalia Vorozhbyt.