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The award-winning (Scotsman Fringe First, Amnesty International Freedom of Expression) theatrical sensation comes to London in a brand new version from the directors of the Belarus Free Theatre.
Based on Mark and Marichka Marczyks' first hand experiences during the 2014 Kiev Uprising, Counting Sheep invites you to lose yourself in the events that changed the course of Ukrainian history forever. Sing, march, protest, dance, eat, help, recoil, fight, laugh, cry. With folk singing, found footage and revolutionary staging this ‘Guerrilla Folk Opera' is an electrifying exploration of human resilience.
This production is a unique artistic collaboration between Mark and Marichka Marczyk, whose lives changed forever while fighting for freedom and love in Maidan Square, and Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, founders of Belarus Free Theatre, whose struggles with the repressive dictatorship in Belarus are well documented. This joint theatrical statement from people who went through real life and death situations makes for an explosive stage experience.
Combo: Book a ticket to Balaklava Blues at the same time and save £7.50!
Front Line Protester: Take a seat at the high table. This is no ordinary theatre experience and you should be prepared to be a part of the action. Ticket incl a light meal and drink. £40 - plus £1.50 Booking Fee.
Protester: Join the revolution. Sing. Dance. Eat. Drink. Protest. This is no ordinary theatre experience and you should be prepared to be a part of the action. Ticket incl a snack. £28.50 - plus £1.50 Booking Fee.
Observer: Watch the revolution unfold from the gallery above. Please note this is not an immersive ticket. £18 - plus £1.50 Booking Fee.
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Mark and Marichka Marczyk met and fell in love on Independence Square in Kyiv at the height of the Revolution of Dignity. They have travelled across Ukraine volunteering, performing for soldiers and DPs, and writing about their experiences (Brick Literary Magazine, Humber Literary Review, Now Magazine, Carte Blanche). Together they perform around the world with their electro-folk project Balaklava Blues and the infamous balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super-band, Lemon Bucket Orkestra.
Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin are the founders and artistic directors of Belarus Free Theatre. The Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) is an award-winning theatre company founded in 2005 in Minsk under Europe's last surviving dictatorship. Its existence is illegal in a country where only state-sanctioned theatre is permitted. Since 2011, BFT has been based between Minsk and London where founding members, husband and wife team Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, are political refugees in the UK. Described by The New York Times as, “one of the bravest and most inspired underground troupes on the planet”, BFT has brought audiences some of the world's most provocative theatre across the globe. BFT is an associate company of the Young Vic.
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Created and written by: Mark and Marichka Marczyk
Directors and co-writers: Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin
Music by: Balaklava Blues
Designer: Nicolai Hart-Hansen
Choreographic & Rehearsal Director: Bridget Fiske
Co-Choreographer: Masha Sazonova
Lighting & Video Designer: Josh Pharo
Sound Designer: Daniel Balfour
Sound Director: Mark Marczyk
Sound Engineer: Dave Plowman
Associate Lighting / Video Designer: Sarah Readman
Associate Video Designer: Roman Lubiy
Found footage: Igor Gadai
Production Manager: Alex Firth
Company Stage Manager: Jacqueline Julnes
Assistant Stage Managers: Chloe Astleford, Anna Kornilova
Translation: Maria Bialkovich, Daniella Kaliada, Maria Khalezina
Press & Marketing: Target Live
Production Accountant: Ramin Sabi
Producers: Michael Rubenfeld for Selfconscious Productions & Oliver King for Wild Yak, in association with Hot Feat
General Management: Wild Yak
★★★★★ “A theatrical triumph” / "Everything theatre should be and more - everyone, everywhere should see it” - Broadway Baby
★★★★★ Ed Fest Magazine - “A theatre adventure that really gets under your skin"
★★★★★ "Counting Sheep is immersive theatre at its finest... ” “be brave and join the revolution, you could just find it a life changing experience” Theatre Weekly
★★★★★ “A timely production that tugs the heartstrings of a London who's facing an identity crisis” Broadway World
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide
★★★★ "This immersive Edinburgh hit about the 2014 Ukraine revolution has been thrillingly reimagined... a joy – an adrenaline-pumping monument to these events, both political and romantic" Time Out
★★★★ "The immersive piece still carries huge heft and power... Heart and genuine emotion that ripples through every scene." WhatsOnStage
★★★★ "Heartfelt" The Times
★★★★ "Propulsive and kinetic" The Stage
★★★★ “Alarming, Joyous and Thought-Provoking” - Toronto Star
"An utterly beguiling mix of traditional folk songs and composed pieces which float across the performance" Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor
“As close as one could get to experiencing a revolution without actually putting your life on the line” - Torontoist