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The Light From Below: Stories from Ukrainian Basements
12 - 16 July 2022
7:30pm £15 / £10
Free for Ukrainians and all refugees
Following our recent Peace Readings: Fundraiser for Ukraine this April, Kibo Productions is proud to amplify Ukrainian voices with this double-bill of newly translated, world premiere plays The Light From Below: Stories from Ukrainian Basements at Barons Court Theatre.
Each play tells the story of hope and heartache in times of war from the perspective of those living through it, created by a Ukrainian refugee-led group of theatre makers.
Save the Light by Polina Pologenceva: The true story of a woman and her child fleeing the war in Ukraine in spring 2022. Told with humour and humanity, Polina’s story offers a unique insight into life as a refugee in a way not seen on the news.
Fox, Dark as a Light Night by Andriy Bondarenko: a deeply poetic dreamplay about a lonely refugee from the 2014 war in Donbass, Igor, living in a basement and teaching Japanese online. He desperately looks for redemption and happiness, but struggles with traumatic visions from the past.
The plays will be performed in English.
Cast: Shirley Both, Dean Coffey, Valeriia Poholsha, Ana Weaver
Directors: Anastazie Toros and Bogdana Orleanova
Dramaturg: Sharon Willems
Translation: John Farndon
Producer: Kibo Productions