Ordinary Ukrainian working folk took to the stage at the RSC - The Leamington Observer

Ordinary Ukrainian working folk took to the stage at the RSC

A CAST of ordinary working people from war-torn Ukraine took to the stage at the RSC.

Ukraine’s Theatre Studio of IDP’s Uzhik travelled over 1,500 miles to perform King Lear in Stratford.

Having first performed in a small western Ukraine town during the height of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the company of 12 actors presented their version of Shakespeare’s tragedy exploring the parallels of haunting loss between the experiences of Ukrainian refugees and the themes in the play.

The production, adapted and directed by local activist Vyacheslav Yehorov, was performed in Ukrainian and is the result of a conversation which began over 12 months ago.

The cast was made up of Ukrainian teachers, students, labourers, salesmen and doctors who have discovered theatre as a therapy as they search for a new meaning in life.

There were two performances at The Other Place on Friday June 14 and Saturday June 15.


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