January 30, 2019
Immersive gig-theatre show Counting Sheep was a smash hit when it debuted in Edinburgh in 2017, winning both a Fringe First and the Amnesty International award. It stunned audiences with its boisterous and vivid depiction of the Ukrainian protests in 2014, which led to countless deaths as the nation felt the effects of (still ongoing) Russian expansionism.
The piece now comes to London to headline the VAULT Festival, with the added twist that a new directorial team of Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin from Belarus Free Theatre have come on board to add some extra clout. Which may have begged the age-old question, if it ain't broke, why fix it?
Thankfully for Counting Sheep this isn't a problem – the immersive piece still carries huge heft and power (though loses the fun sheep masks from the Edinburgh run), and for all its alterations and slightly jacked up running time, it is an enthralling depiction of how revolution comes about.
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