From June 28 to August 2 this year "Variant", a young theatre group from Kharkov, participated in multidisciplinary Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF-2017) in the city Aberdeen, Scotland.
They presented their mono-performance "Mauno" to a wide international audience, created by the dramatic monologue of Estonian writer and playwright Andrus Kiviryahk. The only role in this thematically challenging and interesting production is performed by young actress Lesya Chukhrii. It has already been successfully played in Kharkiv, Kiev, and Mykolayiv. Her character - mentally retarded guy Mauno, who, despite his miserable life, does not lose faith in people.The play is minimal, spectator meets the actress on stage without any scenery, light and numerous sound effects. The only requisite - a chair and a white book in the protagonist’s hands. The director of the play - Timothy Binyukov - was able to get Stewart Aitken, art director AIYF, interested in his extravagant work.
In general, this year's AIYF program represents about twenty countries from all continents. Among the participants are Morocco, Jamaica, USA, Spain, Brazil, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, South Africa, Italy, Great Britain, Czech Republic, China, Australia and, of course, Ukraine. At the ceremony of the official opening of the festival, which took place in the hall of the famous Beach Ballroom, the director of the show Tymofiy Binyukov carried Ukrainian flag. The honourable guest of the opening ceremony was the Mayor of Aberdeen, Lord-conductor Barney Crockett.
The play "Mauno" of the "Variant" theatre will soon be presented to the public in various cities of Ukraine.
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