Taking the Stage is an annual theatre competition that bridges continents, cultures and epochs. In our open call we identify Ukrainian theatre and directors with a singular vision and help them put their talent to work to create original and socially significant performances. Celebrated professionals from the United Kingdom are enlisted to work with their Ukrainian counterparts and the results both on the stage and in the resulting working relationships are marvellous to behold!

Teaming up with leading British theatres, in recent years the programme has benefitted from the expertise of visiting directors from London’s Young Vic and Blind Summit Theatres, Cardiff’s Sherman Cymru Theatre, the Hull Truck from Hull and Newcastle’s Live Theatre.

Stir in the organizing efforts of the Theatre Platform NGO and the country’s leading professional theatre periodical, Ukrainian Theatre, from the Ukrainian side and you have a potent mix for some groundbreaking stagecraft.

Supported by the British Council from its inception, Taking the Stage has helped reshape repertoires and attitudes about contemporary theatre, producing twelve new performances in venues across the country. 

For the who, what and where, SEE our Past Winners section.

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