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New Play Development


From February 3 – 24, Pyretic artists Lianna Makuch and Matthew Wishart MacKenzie were artists-in-residence at Kyiv’s IZOLYATSIA. Platform for Cultural Initiatives.

Our residency focused on the research and development of a new play called by Lianna Makuch in collaboration with the Ukrainian veteran community. The play is inspired by Ukrainian female veterans. It is about a 19-year-old combat medic in 2015 during the Battle for the Donetsk Airport. The story will follow her unique journey to the front line, her struggle to return to civilian life, and her experience coming to terms with her trauma.

Barvinok – Ukraine – October 2018

Pyretic Productions continued the development of Barvinok by Lianna Makuch with Kyiv based theatre company, Дикий Театр (Wild Theatre). Working with a company of actors, we workshopped the script and then presented it to a small group of veterans and local artists. To conclude the process we offered a public performance at the Центр Леся Курбаса, The Les Kurbas Centre, in Kyiv on October 17.

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Photo by Oleksii Tovpyha