“It was easy and hard at the same time,” says Marichka Marczyk about the reboot of Counting Sheep: Staging A Revolution, a music theatre hybrid that plunges its audience into the 2014 ‘Revolution of Dignity’ in Kyiv, Ukraine. Co-creator Mark Marczyk, Marichka’s partner in life and work, agrees. “It was stress and happiness,” he says, “twenty-four hours a day.”
Since its premiere at the SummerWorks Festival in Toronto in 2015, Counting Sheep has garnered raves worldwide. This 2019 version is a full transformation, with new... Read more
The words “immersive Ukrainian folk opera” don’t normally get my pulse racing, not even if they come with the words “award-winning” attached. In the case of this little beauty, the winner of a Fringe First when it appeared in Edinburgh in 2016, I’m thrilled to make a big exception. Especially since words such as “vivid”, “amusing”, “surprising” and “heartfelt” also spring to mind.
This is a show by the Canadian Mark Marczyk and his Ukrainian wife, Marichka, about how they met and fell in love on the barricades of Maidan... Read more
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... Read more