Thursday, 4 September, 2014
Ahead of their next production, Writer and Director Tommy Lexen, Composer Ben Osborn and Actress Svetlana Biba ventured to the Ukraine this summer on a research trip, supported by the European Culture Foundation, to gain an insight into the revolutions in Kiev.
During their time in Kiev and Lviv, they met with university students, teachers, political researchers, refugees from East Ukraine, a mass-psychologist, individual activists, several NGO’s and a wide range of journalists from independent media channels. The team also interviewed several local Euromaidan activists and journalists who had been in the frontline of the protests in Kiev during final weeks of the revolution.
Whilst in Lviv Tommy and Svetlana were invited to talk about the project in Lviv’s live-TV morning show, an interview that was live broadcasted throughout Ukraine on the morning of the 10th July (see the
full interview here).
BeFrank’s Ukrainian journey was a great success, establishing key relationships with a range of artists, theatres and organisations, including Les Kurbas Theatre and V.Zavalinuk’s “Peretvorennya” Theatre, who are interested in collaborating on the project. Alongside the play BeFrank are developing workshops, events and discussions relating to how theatre could be used to promote democracy, reconciliation and peacemaking.
The Point of No Return will open at New Diorama Theatre on the 28th April 2015. For more information please click here.