PENETRATING EUROPE, OR MIGRANTS HAVE TALENT
How does it feel to cross the border in a coffin? Or in a fridge? How does it feel to pretend to be someone you’re not? Part verbatim theatre, part musical comedy and part talent show, Penetrating Europe tells the real stories of how a bunch of Ukrainian migrants sneak into Fortress Europe (and how one random British guy goes the other way). You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll gasp at their juggling skills, and at the end of the show we’ll give you, the Great British Public, the chance to vote on which of our plucky migrants gets to stay and which ones get sent home!
‘fresh, thoughtful and a hell of a lot of fun. Expect music and good acting too.’ CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN LONDON REVIEW
‘It’s a novel way of exploring how Britain deals with undocumented migrants, and it’s effective. […] The show is funny, the actors are accomplished, there is some beautiful singing and dancing and there is plenty of talent behind the writing which pieced together the verbatim interviews which inspire the stories of the migrants in the play […] balances being entertaining with being thought-provoking and, at times, deeply moving.’ THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER
‘A sparkling parody on what it takes for migrants to win the hearts and minds of Brits: scintillatingly clever, touching, thought provoking and great fun.’ UKRAINIAN EVENTS IN LONDON
‘This show will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make you think!’
‘Smart text, hilarious jokes.’
‘Touching, emotional, funny.’
‘I was amazed to learn that all the stories of the characters are based on real events.’
‘A topical, engaging, well written story. Charmingly presented & cleverly staged. Exactly what a good fringe show should be’.
‘It’s a must-see show!’
BLOODY EAST EUROPEANS
Everybody knows that all the UK’s problems are caused by Eastern European immigrants with funny names and an annoying habit of working too hard. But who exactly are these people? What do they want from us? Featuring mean gangsters, glamorous ladies, romantic bricklayers and professional toilet scrubbers, Bloody East Europeans combines comedy, tragedy, Red Army songs, Ukrainian folk ballads and 70s disco hits to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about these strange and unpronounceable people. Performed by the Molodyi Teatr, a London-based Ukrainian company. Comes with a free lesson in Eastern European.
Bloody East Europeans had a very successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015! Almost all shows were sold out, and the audience reaction was great! We were honoured to be long-listed for the 2015 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Bloody East Europeans was also named among the most exciting shows to see at the Fringe by Edinburgh49 and todolist.org.uk. Read some of the amazing feedback from our audiences here.
Read more about Bloody East Europeans here:
Will musical satire about eastern Europeans sway your vote on Brexit? by Imogen Blake, Ham&High, 1 April 2016: http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/etcetera/theatre/will_musical_satire_about_eastern_europeans_sway_your_vote_on_brexit_1_4478904
Migrant voices onstage in London by Molly Flynn, Open Democracy Russia,
Life’s a stage: exploring documentary theatre’s role in the new east by Samuel Goff, The Calvert Journal, 5 October 2015: http://calvertjournal.com/articles/show/4769/lifes-a-stage-exploring-documentary-theatres-role-in-the-new-east
Documentary theatre series in London to highlight immigration and social inequality by September 2015: http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/documentary-theatre-series-in-london-to-highlight-immigration-and-social-inequality/
DISMANTLING EAST EUROPEAN-NESS ONSTAGE. Community theatre group Molodyi teatr questions and deconstructs what it means to be an East European migrant in London by Darya Malyutina, Political Critique, 23 September 2015: http://politicalcritique.org/culture/2015/dismantling-east-european-ness-onstage/
Bloody East Europeans by Uilleam Blacker and Olesya Khromeychuk.
THE OTHER HALF OF THE MAIDAN
Performed at AUGB London, Holland Park, 2015.
This verbatim performance was based on powerful eyewitness accounts collected by Molodyi Teatr director Olesya Khromeychuk during her trip to Ukraine to research women’s roles in the Maidan protests and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine.
UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS VERTEP
Various venues, December-January 2014-2015
Each year Molodyi Teatr presents its own tongue-in-cheek take on the traditional Ukrainian Christmas play – not without the odd reference to contemporary politics!
HOLODOMOR REMEMBRANCE DAY PERFORMANCE
Performed at the Ukrainian Institute, London, November 2013
This verbatim play, performed in English, Russian and Ukrainian, drew on testimonies of survivors of the 1932-33 artificial famines in the USSR, which killed millions of people in Ukraine and in other parts of the Soviet Union.
You can find the testimonies we used at the website Share the Story here.
THE DREAM (SON) by TARAS SHEVCHENKO
Performed at AUGB London, Holland Park, March 2013
Molodyi Teatr’s innovative adaptation of Taras Shevchenko’s classic poem The Dream, a biting satire of imperialism, oppression and a hymn to hope and freedom.
BATIARY – Loveable Rogues from L’viv
AUGB London, February 2013
We presented our own musical sketch about the legendary loveable rogues of the streets of L’viv/Lwów/Lemberg, who are well known in Polish and Ukrainian urban folklore. Featuring original 1930s songs.
CELEBRATION OF ARTISTIC RESISTANCE
Performed at AUGB London, December 2012
Molodyi Teatr presented a dramatic interpretation of a selection of songs and poems by Ukrainian, Russian and Jewish writers who in their own ways resisted or protested against oppression and violence. Authors represented included Vasyl Stus, Lina Kostenko, Evgeny Evtushenko and Hayim Nahman Bialik.
AUGB London, September 2012
A short, experimental ‘wordless’ performance about language, identity and belonging.
BURNS NIGHT AT THE UKRAINIAN INSTITUTE
Ukrainian Institute, London, February 2012
Molodyi Teatr put on an evening of food, song and poetry dedicated to the great Robert Burns, with readings and singing in Scots, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, French and possibly a few other languages. Haggis and whiskey rounded off the evening. See here for more information.
THE LOST LETTER (PROPALA HRAMOTA) by NIKOLAI GOGOL (MYKOLA HOHOL)
Performed at AUGB London and the Ukrainian Institute, December 2011.
Our take on the short story by Nikolai Gogol, and based loosely on the script of the classic 1972 Borys Ivchenko film. A group of hapless Cossacks risks life and limb, encounters the devil, and drinks a lot of vodka on a fantastical, absurd journey through Ukraine to deliver a letter to the Empress.
UKRAINIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY PERFORMANCE – CONTEMPORARY UKRAINIAN POETS
AUGB London, August 2011
A show made up of some of the best works by contemporary Ukrainian poets, including Serhii Zhadan, Iurii Andrukhovych, Viktor Neborak and Oleksandr Irvanets’, including our interpretations of the great songs of the Ukrainian band Braty Hadiukiny.
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (NICH PERED RIZDVOM) by NIKOLAI GOGOL (MYKOLA HOHOL)
Various venues, 2010-2011.
Our take on Gogol’s classic Christmas story, featuring all kinds of Cossacks, witches and devils.