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Blood of Our Soil

by Lianna Makuch

Presented by Pyretic Productions in Association with Punctuate! Theatre

Title Sponsor: 

Tarragon Theatre’s Extraspace (30 Bridgman Ave)


March 7 – 16, 2019 in the Extraspace @ 8pm

Pay-What-You-Can Performance || Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Pay-what-you-can tickets are available in person at the door on Tuesday, March 12. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Additional Matinee Performances @ 2:30pm: Saturday, March 9 || Sunday, March 10 || Saturday, March 16

Public Weekday Matinee @ 1:30pm
Wednesday, March 13

Preview Performance || Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Opening Night + Reception || Thursday, March 7, 2019

Pre-show Panel Discussion || Friday, March 8, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Talk Back Series, with Ukrainian War Veteran Dmytro Lavrenchuk || Friday, March 8 || Tuesday, March 12 || Thursday, March 14 || Friday, March 15

Inspired by personal accounts from war-torn Ukraine in 1944 and true stories from the country’s current conflict.

After generations of conflict, a new crisis opens old wounds.

Hania’s Baba has a secret. A secret she’s bringing with her to her grave.

Since moving into the Long-Term Care Centre, her grandmother has been restless. Agitated. Something from her past is haunting her. She urges Hania to return to their Ukrainian homeland to seek out the missing piece of their family history.

Hania’s search for answers brings her to the edge of the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine. Here she meets the people and sees the places touched by war, and finally confronts the truths of her Baba’s past.

How can our land not but be fertile when so much blood has seeped into it?

Blood of Our Soil tells a personal story of war and trauma that spans generations. The play is inspired by the experiences of the playwright’s grandparents who fled Ukraine during WWII, and the true accounts of people interviewed in conflict zones in Eastern Ukraine. Raising awareness of the ongoing war, Blood of Our Soil depicts the struggles of the Ukrainian people against the atrocities of Stalin to the horrors of Hitler, while drawing disturbing parallels to the current Putin regime.

Blood of Our Soil gives voice to the people whose lives have been affected by the frozen conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Europe’s current “forgotten war,” where current Russian aggression has killed more than 10,000 people, and displaced millions.

Blood of Our Soil by Lianna Makuch. Edmonton, March 2018.
© Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2017

Accompanying the production will be several outreach activities, including:

– Friday, March 8 @ 6:30pm: Pre-show Panel Discussion: Voice of War, Ukraine’s Contemporary Conflict

– Post-Show Talk Back Series: Friday March 8 || Tuesday, March 12 || Thursday March 14 || Friday, March 15: Talkbacks will include members of the cast, production team and special Outreach Guest, Ukrainian war veteran Dmytro Lavrenchuk from Kyiv, Ukraine. Dmytro’s experiences inspired content featured in Blood of Our Soil. He served in the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the summer of 2014 and was wounded in battle. He continues to serve his country as a social activist, creating and supporting opportunities for war veterans in Ukraine.

– Ongoing Lobby Installation: Will include Ukrainian artwork curated by Toronto’s Kosa Kolektiv & FOLK CAMP CANADA, and a display contextualizing a century of Ukrainian history titled 100 Years of Resistance, created by Marlee Yule.

Pay-What-You-Can Performance: Tuesday, March 12

Blood of Our Soil by Lianna Makuch. Edmonton, March 2018.
© Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2017


Written by Lianna Makuch || Direction by Patrick Lundeen || Dramaturgy by Matthew MacKenzie || Stage Management by Lore Green || Production Design by Stephanie Bahniuk || Sound & Projection Design by Nicholas Mayne || Music Direction by Larissa Pohoreski || Production Management by Trent Crosby || Featuring Oscar Derkx, Mawell Lebeuf, Lisa Norton, Lianna Makuch, Tanya Pacholok, Larissa Pohoreski

Blood of Our Soil by Lianna Makuch. Edmonton, March 2018.
© Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2017

Blood of Our Soil will be presented in association with Punctuate! Theatre:


Thank you to our Funders!


Franko Family Foundation
prometheus stefan onyszczuk and stefania Swed foundation


Thank you to the project redevelopment funders!



Interested in becoming a sponsor? View our Sponsorship Page 

or click here to download our Blood of Our Soil-Presentation Package (July 28).

Poster Design by Tynan Boyd



Blood of Our Soil by Lianna Makuch. Edmonton, March 2018. © Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2017
Blood of Our Soil by Lianna Makuch. Edmonton, March 2018.
© Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2017


In March 2018, Pyretic Productions and St. John’s institute presented the first iteration of Blood of Our Soil in Edmonton. The performance was received with high acclaim from Edmonton’s Ukrainian community, arts community, and media. The production sold out and garnered four Sterling nominations including best new play and independent production.

The Edmonton premiere was generously supported by:

Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Shevchenko Foundation, Ukrainian Pioneers Association of Alberta, Alberta Ukrainian Commemorative Society.

Accolades for Blood of Our Soil

ACUA-URDC Award 2018 (Alberta Council for Ukrainian Arts – Ukrainian Research and Development Centre)

Rena Hanchuk & Yaroslav Kitynskyy Artist Award 2018

Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards: Nominated in four categories

• Outstanding Independent Production

• Outstanding New Play

• Outstanding Multi-Media Design

• Outstanding Score of a Play or Musical

Cast/Crew members of Edmonton’s production of Blood of Our Soil at the Edmonton Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards

“[Blood of Our Soil] is the most powerful presentation that I have seen of the long history of travesties that the people of Ukraine have suffered from the time of Stalin through Hitler and now under Putin.”

– Linda Duncan, MP Edmonton-Strathcona, House of Commons March 20,2017

Continued Development In Ukraine with Wild Theatre

Pyretic Productions travell Kyiv, Ukraine on an exciting creative cultural exchange with the Ukrainian theatre company, Wild Theatre. Here, we continued the development of our new script, Blood of Our Soil by Lianna Makuch, and presented a staged reading to a sold out audience of Ukrainian artists, veterans, social activists, and the general public.


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