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    Theatre of War: an evening of playwriting, poetry, and prose

    Tue 12 July at 7pm
    Tickets £5, £10, £20 (Free tickets available for displaced Ukrainians)
    Join us for an evening of readings from authors, translators, and scholars of contemporary Ukrainian literature and discussion of the country’s current culture of resistance.

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    Running Time 90 minutes
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    Content NoticeThis event will contain reference to violence in the context of war.

    Ukrainian writers have been working across literary genres to reimagine the country’s cultural narratives and establish new languages of self-determination. Reflecting on the possibilities of storytelling as a mode of civic engagement, our speakers share a selection of key works from Ukraine’s recent repertoire of dramatic literature, poetry, and prose. The readings will be followed by discussion of the role literature plays in light of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

    Readings include:

    Skin Deep by playwright Nataliia Blok (Kherson), translated by Keren Klimovsky, read by Molly Flynn, specialist on contemporary Ukrainian theatre (London)

    A Loss: The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by His Sister by Olesya Khromeychuk, read by author Khromeychuk, director of Ukrainian Institute London

    Poems by Ukrainian poet Iryna Shuvalova (Kyiv/Nanjing), translated by Uilleam Blacker, read by Maria Montague, deputy director of Ukrainian Institute London

    All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Ukrainian Institute London’s programmes to support displaced Ukrainians. If you are able to donate more than £20 please support our crowdfunder here .

    This event is co-organized by Ukrainian Institute London, Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, and Camden People’s Theatre.

    We are offering free tickets for displaced Ukrainians for this event. Please email info@ukrainianinstitute.org.uk to reserve.

    Illustration: Hanna Strizh


    “British theatre would be completely stymied without tiny, under-resourced venues such as CPT, which are a critical part of the theatre ecology.”

    Lyn Gardner Stagedoor