Things are certainly hotting up in London this week.

With the mercury set to hit 35 degrees today combining with the steam coming off our necks from having a racist, misogynist as PM, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re all on our way to hell.

Sitting up here in Edinburgh it’s infuriating to see our democracy fail us once more – but we’re choosing this week to celebrate everything we have in common, over our differences.

This Sunday, Cockpit plays host to a preview performance of INTERBEING.  

The show is the result of a two-year research mission, giving a voice to the Donbass conflict in eastern Ukraine through a show that combines dance, object manipulation and acrobatics with live music and traditional theatre.   

Supported by the British Council’s Culture Bridges initiative in Ukraine, ‘INTERBEING – Stories from a Current War’ is a multimedia performance created using real-life interviews with soldiers, archive photography from war journalists and artefacts from this ongoing conflict to create a harrowing yet ultimately uplifting account of the human condition. The content was written using images and stories provided by Ukrainian cinema director Eugene Stepanenko and photographer Oles Kromplias. Their experiences as soldiers in eastern Ukraine, together with other testimonies from interviews, helped build the semi autobiographical script.

True to their ethos of international collaboration, INTERBEING is being staged by a company drawn from Ukraine, the Basque Country, Sweden and the UK. 

2theatre Artistic Director Lana Biba says: “The western world needs to meet the new voices and theatre that these young Ukrainian artists have to share. Any country with issues of polarisation could benefit from the mindful approach of the concept of ‘interbeing’ developed in the show. We believe these artists can be role models and inspiration for any places suffering from war.”

Together, the members of this physical theatre ensemble tell a story that explores the roots of conflict, while ultimately putting forward a light and positive message about the future.

After the show in London, the team come to Edinburgh where they play Assembly Rooms from 1-25 August.

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