Night Train Theatre Company is producing Maklena Grasa by Ukrainian playwright Mykola Kulish, translated into English for the first time by Maria Montague.

Maklena Grasa was Kulish’s final major work before he was executed during the Stalinist purges, which swept across Ukraine in the late 1930s. The play was performed only five times in 1933 before it was banned by the Soviet authorities and erased from Ukrainian culture. After more than eighty years, Night Train is developing a fresh interpretation of this classic Ukrainian play, marking its English-language premiere.

This event will feature readings from Kulish’s work in both English and Ukrainian, live music composed for the company’s production of Maklena, and a talk on the play’s historical context given by Dr Rory Finnin, Director of Cambridge Ukrainian Studies and Head of Slavonic Studies Section at the University of Cambridge.

The event will be moderated by Marina Pesenti, Director of Ukrainian Institute London. It will be in English.

The presentation will include a screening of original short animation videos, produced for this project.

The production company is looking to raise £6,000 needed to stage the full-length production of Maklena.

Speakers: 

Maria Montague

Dr Rory Finnin