9 October 2015, 19.30 – 22.00
3-4A Little Portland Street
W1W 7JB London
£10-15 Book here.
Bloody East Europeans is a musical satire about the lives of Eastern European immigrants in the UK. Combining comedy, tragedy, Soviet anthems, Ukrainian folk ballads and 70s disco hits, Molodyi teatr asks who exactly these people are, what it is they want, and how to pronounce their peculiar names. In response to the toxic atmosphere surrounding the issue of immigration in the UK today, ‘Bloody East Europeans’ deconstructs stereotypes and gives a voice to those on the receiving end of anti-migrant rhetoric.
Molodyi teatr is an amateur theatre group based in London. Founded in 2010, the group has produced numerous shows and short performances based on both well-known and neglected works of Ukrainian literature, from the poetry of Taras Shevchenko and the stories of Nikolai Gogol to the work of contemporary poets Iurii Andrukhovych, Oleksandr Irvanets, Viktor Neborak, and Serhii Zhadan.
In conjunction with the exhibition Peripeheral Visions, GRAD is hosting a series of three documentary theatre performances on the themes of immigration and social inequality in Bulgaria, Russia, and the UK. Curated by Molly Flynn, the series includes works by the London-based Ukrainian theatre collective Molodyi teatr, Moscow-based performer/director Talgat Batalov, and Theatre Replika, Bulgaria’s leading documentary theatre company. This programme supports GRAD’s commitment to bring new insights into Eastern European art, design and culture through sharing specialist knowledge in ways that capture the imagination and inspire new ideas.
GRAD is a cultural platform for initiatives and communication, bringing new insights into Eastern European art, design and culture through exhibitions, publications, live events, collaborations and digital engagement. Our purpose is to share our specialist knowledge in ways that capture the imagination, inspire creativity and spark new ideas.