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Playbill

The Book Of Sirens

“The Book of Sirens” monodrama performance in English

DESCRIPTION a performance of Art Shelter//ProEnglish Theatre from Kyiv, Ukraine

THE BOOK OF SIRENS staged in the bomb shelter//theatre of Kyiv during March 2022. It was premiered on Apr 09, 2022 Toured Spain in May (Bilbao, Aranjuez, Madrid, Alicante) and Germany in August (Berlin, Cologne, Hannover) “The Book of Sirens” is the official selection at Sele Teatro fest (Italy) and Prague Fringe (Czechia)

STORYLINE

– a story of a little German town of Molching being constantly bombed during World War II

– a story of a little girl Liesel who learnt to read in a bomb shelter

– a story that repeats based on the book of Markus Zusak “The Book Thief” as well as the books of Hector Abad Faciolince and an extract of his “Forgotten We Shall Be”

You will also hear: soviet radio announcements of WWII, live piano, soviet war songs, “Moonlight Serenade” tune and some sirens. A lot of sirens

 

Monodrama play directed by Alex Borovenskiy

performed by Anabell Ramirez

piano by Valerie Leif/Olexii Afanasiev

 

Audience say:

– a very powerful version of the book

– beautiful, moving, this is why we make theatre…

– interesante ejemplo de projecto cultural con impacto social

– you’re created a beautiful space

– the boooks work so powerfully! the whole symbolic line is wow

– shattering… a voice of humanity in a sea of madness…

– performing a piece about being in a bomb shelter, whilst being in a bomb shelter being bombed… easily the 21st century most important piece of drama

The performance is in English

 

VIDEO Trailer 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UICes2mZU4

Trailer 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X58kF43mljI

PHOTOS photosets from “The Book of Sirens” premiere in Kyiv and a tour in Spain https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZroLjxnT-gjmVLTRA6oy-kVjj-Gyy2iy?usp=sharing

 

ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

https://playsinternational.org.uk/pro-english-theatre-kyiv/

https://thetheatretimes.com/proenglish-theatre-in-kyiv-its-important-that-art-doesnt-stop-during-war/

https://www.france24.com/en/culture/20220321-a-tiny-english-language-kyiv-theatre-turned-art-shelter-goes-to-war

https://artsfuse.org/253417/theater-interview-the-need-to-make-theater-in-ukraine-today/ 

ProEnglish Theatre