By Svetlana Alexievich
translated by Keith Gessen
adapted by Germán D’Jesús
produced by Ténéré Arte
April 26, 1986.
An explosion destroys a reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Station. As the government tries to cover up the catastrophe, people carry on with their lives as if nothing had happened, all the while inhaling radioactive waste hanging above their heads.
Voices from Chernobyl is a moving account of how the Chernobyl tragedy disturbed the tranquillity of a warm April night and changed the lives of the people in nearby towns forever.
The play is adapted from the book by Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian writer who collected hundreds of stories from the victims of Chernobyl. Stories which reveal the carelessness of the government and the reckless heroism of the soldiers, but most of all the enormous human capacity to love and to care for each other in the time of a crisis.
Svetlana Alexievich was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015 “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”
Press for this production
a brilliant piece of theatre…Voices from Chernobyl brings out what happened in all its complexity. It shows that Chernobyl’s effects are living on and are even bigger than the blow it struck to the Soviet regime. It’s the quiet heroism of the ordinary men and women, willing to sacrifice themselves for a greater cause without rewards or glory. Finally it puts before us – perhaps more than anything in the cold war era – a population betrayed by a regime that promised salvation. ★★★★★ Central and Eastern European London Review
Tues 2 – Saturday 13 May 2017 at 7.45pm
(No performances: Sundays and Mondays)
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