- The Point of No Return
The country is in turmoil.
The capital is on fire…
Riot police try to keep order as protesters arm themselves with homemade weapons, and prepare to stand their ground and fight for a common cause: a new beginning. Meanwhile, a father desperately searches for his missing daughter as government officials deliberate the appropriate use of force.
Someone waits for the perfect moment to strike the match on a Molotov cocktail; the moment when unrest becomes revolution… The Point Of No Return.
Critically acclaimed BeFrank Theatre Company returns to New Diorama Theatre with a thought-provoking new play that tells the extraordinary story of how a society struck back against a repressive government and changed the course of history.
What would you do if these events happened on your streets?
Set in a fictional yet familiar place, this story explores large-scale political events, democratic values and the right to freedom-of-speech, through the eyes of ordinary people from all walks of life.
How far would you go to stand up for what you believe in?
From extensive research and journeys into the heart of Ukraine, ‘The Point of No Return’ is based upon the personally recorded real-life stories of those involved in the last 4 days of the revolution in Kiev, February 2014.
Performing Tue 28th April – Sat 23rd May @ 19:30, Saturday matinees @ 15:30 at New Diorama Theatre (Tube to Warren Street or Great Portland Street) Tickets: £15/£12. To book, please visit www.newdiorama.com or call the box office on 0207 383 9034.
Vikash Bhai, Luiana Bonfim, Matt Maltby, Charlotte Gascoyne, Haakon Smestad, Jodyanne Richardson, Drew McKenzie, Ben Osborn (Musician) and Ella Saunders (SM).
Writer/Director: Tommy Lexen, Composer: Ben Osborn, Dramaturg: Amanda Fromell, Movement Director: Svetlana Biba, Set/Costume Designer: Hiroko Matsuo, Lighting Designer: Joshua Pharo, Assistant Director: Josh Hinds, Associate Producer: Philippa Kane, Executive Producer: Neil Walker, Outreach Manager: Kate Brown, Production Assistants: Mel Harrison and Daniel McElroy.
The inspiration for ‘The Point of No Return’ sprang from an interest in understanding how the protest started, how it grew in strength and numbers and why people of all ages joined from across the political spectrum. Who were these people and what made them strike back against their government? How did they succeeded, despite bloodshed and extreme anti-riot tactics, in overthrowing a President and changing the course of their history?
In July 2014, the core creative team (writer/director Tommy Lexen, composer Ben Osborn and Movement Director Svetlana Biba) travelled to Kiev and Lviv to research the story, gather first-hand accounts from a wide range of people and meet with potential collaborators.
New Diorama Theatre (London), Theatre na Zhukah (Kharkiv), Volodymyr Zavalniuk’s “Peretvorennya” Theatre/MAMAY NGO (Kiev), Les Kurbas Theatre (Lviv), Centre for European Studies (CFE) at Lund University, Folkteatern (Gothenburg), Arts Council England, European Culture Foundation (Amsterdam), MitOst (Berlin) and Federal Foreign Office (Berlin).
Alongside the this show we aim to deliver an accompanying outreach programme comprising talks, panel discussions and workshops relating to the story of the play and the themes behind it.
Together with Kharkiv-based ‘Theatre na Zhukah’, theatre partners in Kiev and Lviv and with the support from European Culture Foundation and MitOst’s TANDEM Programme, we have also developed an artistic and social programme (‘Making a Difference through Theatre’) in order to deliver outreach activities and skill-sharing across borders, regions and cultures in Ukraine.