You Me Bum Bum Train is a volunteer project where more than 400 people get together, perform in the show or work backstage, and then reward themselves with a party afterwards. Located in West End, it gained 5 star reviews from the media and was visited and praised by celebrities like Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch, Meg Ryan, Jude Law and Lindsey Lohan. We spoke with one of the members of the production team, Ukrainian-born Karyna Silina, about how this project got a Ukrainian zest and why more Ukrainians should try it out.
“I joined You Me Bum Bum Train last autumn while looking for volunteering projects to improve my CV and to make new friends. I was surprised at how easy it was to join and become a member of the team -all I had to do was just keep coming in and helping where it was most needed. When you do your best and care about what you do – people start trusting you and let you take on more responsibilities.” Karyna is now a member of production team and responsible for managing up to 100 people on a single night.
We cannot tell you much about what is happening inside – it’s supposed to stay a complete surprise for the audience. “The audience doesn’t know what to expect, they are taken by a complete surprise and have to engage all their senses to understand – what is going on and how to react to it.” But there is a way to peek behind the curtain of secrecy – you can come and volunteer for the show. You don’t have to be an actor and you don’t necessarily have to speak English perfectly. YMBBT is a pot of different nationalities, ages and backgrounds where everyone fits in.
“I have already brought about 10 Ukrainian friends here and they keep coming back. My entire family volunteers here – even my 11-year-old son. One of my friends, Slava Masich, became so involved that he is now a chief sound engineer! We sometimes speak Ukrainian on set, and it sounds like it’s the second most spoken language here after English.” Karyna says.
It’s always pleasing to see that more Ukrainians are looking to expand their social circles and integrate into London community. You Me Bum Bum Train is a perfect place for that – people find new friends here, new business connections, they can end up getting a job offer from a fellow volunteer – or they could find the love of their life.
“It’s very easy to get involved – you just need to sign up as a volunteer on our website at www.bumbumtrain.com/signup and show up at 6pm on the show night. You will be an extra in the crowd scene, no rehearsal needed. During the interval we serve free dinner and after the show we all are staying for drinks and disco in our own licensed bar – the DJ is sometimes Ukrainian too”.
Dates: April 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 26, 29