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Counting Sheep is a theatrical triumph that throws the audience into the centre of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. In slightly over an hour and half we eat, we dance and we riot together, playing witness to the horrors of state-sanctioned violence against its own people - it’s an invigorating experience that properly connects you to the other members of the audience and reminds you of humanity’s capacity for compassion in the face of unspeakable suffering.

It’s sweaty, it’s sweary, it’s uplifting and it’s everything theatre should be and more

Lemon Bucket Orkestra create a raucous atmosphere and it doesn’t matter that they’re screaming instructions at you in Ukrainian, the atmosphere in the crowd and the projections looming above the stage provides all the information you really need. Also when you’re handed a riot shield you generally don’t ask many questions, you just get stuck in – as well as recreating the experience of being in a riot it also reveals the ease with which people can slip into a mob mentality. Everyone in the crowd gets involved: building barricades, dishing out food to the crowd and even joining in the funeral march for our fallen brothers in arms, it’s amazing how quickly you feel connected to everyone else in the show and the strong desire to protect each other when the riot police arrive.

Directors Mark and Marichka Marczyk have created a unique experience that cuts through the media reports and reminds us of the human experience of revolt that we rarely see in Britain. There are too many creatives involved to credit but every component works together seamlessly to create such an all-encompassing experience: the sound and lighting highlights the brutality of revolution and the projections remind us to think and consider why the revolution is taking place and what everyone is fighting for in the first place.

It’s sweaty, it’s sweary, it’s uplifting and it’s everything theatre should be and more – everyone, everywhere should see it.


4th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
5th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
6th Aug 20162:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
6th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
7th Aug 20162:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
9th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
10th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
11th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
12th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
13th Aug 20162:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
13th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
14th Aug 20162:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
16th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
17th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
18th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
19th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
20th Aug 20162:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
20th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
21st Aug 20162:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
21st Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
23rd Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
24th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
25th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
26th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
27th Aug 20162:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
27th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
28th Aug 20162:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street
28th Aug 20168:00pmSummerhall @ The King's Hall
41A South Clerk Street

The Blurb

A rousing call to arms by a 15-piece guerrilla-folk punk band. Bolstered by first-hand footage from behind the barricades, Counting Sheep invites you to lose yourself in the events that changed the course of Ukraine’s history. Sing, march, protest, dance, eat, recoil, laugh, cry – experience the revolution on the main floor, including food, or from the balcony seats above. Sung in traditional Ukrainian polyphony, this is an electrifying exploration of human resilience and immersive theatre at its best. 'As close as one could get to experiencing a revolution without actually putting your life on the line' (Torontoist.com).

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Company Type
Professional company
No. of Performers
20
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