A small tour around the North East is set to bring an incredible collaboration between Northumberland-based, award-winning theatre company Théâtre Sans Frontières and Ukrainian theatre company Arabesky, as Chernobyl@30 comes to Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle from Monday 26th until Wednesday 28th September. The incredible work then moves on to Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 29th September, before closing at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October.
Developed through a project to push further creative partnerships between the arts organisations in Ukraine and the North East, Arabesky’s 2006 documentary style theatre production was chosen as the core of the new combined efforts. The original piece took place in Ukraine after the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. The production interwove film from Chernobyl itself with choreographed scenes based on different characters. Chernobyl@30 revisits the original production, and, 30 years on, spotlights its impact on Northern England and the effect it all had as a whole. The poetic, yet grounded piece was steeped in thorough research and raises many questions through this monumental event of our recent past.