MAKLENA

Date:Fri 06 & Sat 07 Jul
Time:Fri 2pm | Sat 3.30pm
Venue:J2
Price:£8 (£6 con)

Presented by Night Train Theatre Company (In association with Menagerie)
by Mykola Kulish, translated and adapted by Maria Montague

A dynamic and powerful adaptation of the original 1933 play, this English-language world premiere of Maklena, translated from Ukrainian, incorporates puppetry and an original musical score.

Maklena tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who fixates on a fairy-tale vision of the Soviet Union. Communist propaganda, magical geese and her family's bleak reality become blurred in her imagination and Maklena’s dream of joining the revolution takes her down a dangerous path.

Maklena Grasa was the final major work by Mykola Kulish before his execution by the Soviet authorities. In September 1933, the play was performed at gunpoint before a crowd of secret service agents and the Politburo of Soviet Ukraine. Maklena was subsequently banned; Kulish was later declared a ‘bourgeois-nationalist' playwright and sent to a forced labour camp before being executed in 1937.

The play is steeped in history, yet the production underscores its contemporary relevance. Questions are posed:  what is the place of ideology in society? What should we believe in? When does ideology becomes dangerous?  Poignant thoughts in present-day politics worldwide.

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Duration: 90 mins

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