Taking the Stage 2.0 is an international residency programme designed to foster dynamic, practical cultural exchange between Ukrainian and British theatre professionals.

Ask any theatre maker what they need most to bring their creation to life and, regardless of discipline, the answer will be the same: time, space and support. So the British Council in Ukraine has teamed up with the Gogolfest, the country’s most dynamic festival platform, to provide exactly that – time, space and support – to five emerging and mid-career theatre-makers from the UK. 

Among 26 applicants we have selected five UK directors, who will have the opportunity to work in one of five host theatres drawn from Ukraine’s state-funded and independent sectors: National Academic Drama Theatre – Ivano-FrankivskNeft Theatre & Parade-Fest – KharkivTheatre on the Left Bank - KyivWild Theatre - Kyiv,  Dakh Centre for Contemporary Art - Kyiv

During the summer, residents and theatres will work online to create the idea of a joint project. As soon as the situation becomes safe for travel, participants and theaters will be able to meet in person and continue cooperation in Ukraine.

The health of our partners, artists and colleagues is our priority throughout this rapidly evolving situation. We are following local government and health authority guidance in the countries where we work and, where it is in line with guidance, we continue to run our cultural programmes. Where we are unable to continue a programme, we will endeavour to postpone or offer alternatives.

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