Transmission.UK: Ukrainian/British contemporary drama dialogue

The long-term project in the framework of programme Transmission.ua: Drama on the Move was developed by the Ukrainian Institute to support translation, promotion and production of the modern Ukrainian drama in Europe. In 2020-2022, Transmission.ua focused on Poland, Germany, and the UK.

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Transmission.UK: Ukrainian/British contemporary drama dialogue

The long-term project in the framework of programme Transmission.ua: Drama on the Move was developed by the Ukrainian Institute to support translation, promotion and production of the modern Ukrainian drama in Europe. In 2020-2022, Transmission.ua focused on Poland, Germany, and the UK.

With a UK focus, supported by the British Council, the programme aims to promote Ukrainian drama, which has been largely absent from the British stage, and enhance the cultural dialogue by means of works by contemporary Ukrainian playwrights. The project consists of the translation of Ukrainian drama texts, a series of workshops and an educational platform for Ukrainian playwrights at the Royal Court Theatre in London. The participants in the 2022 iteration of the programme are the winners of the Drama competition selected by Ukrainian Institute in 2021.

The competition jury selected six works by Ukrainian playwrights based on viewer ratings:

  • Bread Truce, drama by Serhiy Zhadan  
  • Penita La Tragedia, opera libretto by Tetiana Kytsenko  
  • Mother of Gorky, family saga by Lena Liahushonkova 
  • Pilates Time, free-flowing poetic thriller by Olga Maciupa  
  • Tinderland, comedy-drama by Iryna Serebriakova  
  • Five Songs of Polissya, drama by Liudmyla Tymoshenko

All plays deal with Ukraine’s recent past, including the Soviet period, as well as the defining events in the country’s contemporary history, particularly the ongoing war with Russia.

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