Theatre & Media Projects

Molodyi Teatr London

Molodyi Teatr London has made me feel happy, frustrated and simply alive. We started as a group of friends dying to do something creative together and ended up writing our own shows and taking them to the world's most famous theatre festival: the Edinburgh Fringe.
In 2010, we began with Ukrainian-language adaptations of works by famous Ukrainian writers (Nikolai Gogol/Mykola Hohol’, Taras Shevchenko, contemporary Ukrainian poets), before moving on to documentary pieces on subjects like the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 and the 2013-14 Maidan protests.
In 2014, we started work on our first full-length English-language show, Bloody East Europeans, a cabaret-style musical satire on British attitudes to Eastern Europeans. It was one of To Do List’s 40 unmissable shows of the 2015 Fringe, named one of Edinburgh 49’s shows to see, and was long-listed for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award. Our next show, Penetrating Europe, or Migrants Have Talent was called ‘fresh, thoughtful and a hell of a lot of fun’ by the Central and Eastern European London Review.
Our most recent show, All That Remains, is a reflection on loss and memory based on true stories from the ongoing war in Ukraine. ‘Uncanny and powerful.’ Central and Eastern European London Review. ‘Poignant, tragic and quietly powerful.’ Views from the Gods. ‘The most intimate conversation. Raw and painful. Very real but unimaginable.’ Ukrainian Events in London.

Photos: Penetrating Europe, or Migrants Have Talent (2017) and Bloody East Europeans (2015) by Guy Corbishley.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine

The joy of having one foot in academia and the other on firmer ground is in being able to carry my passions between two worlds. A project I conceived and produced for the Ukrainian Institute London allowed me to do just that: help shape the fantastic academic research about people and subjects I care about into a form that can be digested both inside and outside of academia.

'10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ukraine' are short films that bring to life ten familiar and yet unknown stories including that of the serf who became an artist and a poet; a writer who rewrote European classics from a woman’s point of view, a theatre director who thought that revolutionary art could change the world, a count who chose to become a priest, an author who wrote more than 300 poems in his prison cell, and film directors who gave a voice to the silenced. They tell the stories of Ukraine as a battleground of murderous regimes fighting over the territory and its people, Ukraine as a melting pot of languages and cultures each influencing one another, Ukraine as a place where revolutions happen in order to bring about peace, Ukraine of many stories told in many voices.

Producer/Director: Nicola Roper | Producer: Olesya Khromeychuk | Researcher: Maria Montague | Archivist: Serhiy Zakharchenko.