The award-winning (Scotsman Fringe First, Amnesty International Freedom of Expression) theatrical sensation comes to London in a brand new version from the directors of the Belarus Free Theatre.
Based on Mark and Marichka Marczyks' first hand experiences during the 2014 Kiev Uprising, Counting Sheep invites you to lose yourself in the events that changed the course of Ukrainian history forever. Sing, march, protest, dance, eat, help, recoil, fight, laugh, cry. With folk singing, found footage and revolutionary staging this ‘Guerrilla Folk Opera' is an electrifying exploration of human resilience.
This production is a unique artistic collaboration between Mark and Marichka Marczyk, whose lives changed forever while fighting for freedom and love in Maidan Square, and Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, founders of Belarus Free Theatre, whose struggles with the repressive dictatorship in Belarus are well documented. This joint theatrical statement from people who went through real life and death situations makes for an explosive stage experience.
It is highly exciting – but does it tell us enough?
Propulsive, kinetic, immersive show about the 2014 Ukraine revolution
Getting the balance between the personal and the social is always challenging, but Counting Sheep seems to get it just right
It was the piece in a nutshell – an embrace, heartfelt, done with genuine care
As an audience member, you have no choice but to stand up and join the protest
This immersive Edinburgh hit about the 2014 Ukraine revolution has been thrillingly reimagined
A piece of sound and fury but no clear view of revolution from the cheap seats
The touching truth of the love story at the evening's centre is a reminder of how, in the worst of circumstances, when certain individuals are given the chance they can transcend what is ugly and cynical to create a redemptive, if fragile, new reality
Counting Sheep is immersive theatre at its finest
Everish agency and political message take hold and the unwavering and tireless company succeeds in sharing a heartwarming sense of belonging