“Вот Такой Театр” presents an Evening of Poetry: “War and Us”

Updated on 29 March 2022

On Saturday 26 March 2022 the actors and directors of Cambridge’s Russian-language amateur theatre club “Вот Такой Театр” staged a charitable Evening of Poetry.

We are immensely grateful to all those who so kindly attended and supported us! We raised £655 in total – a record amount for our amateur theatre (for a single performance). The hire of the venue was covered by our theatre club, so the entire sum of £655 has gone towards helping people with disabilities and their families in Ukraine.

The Evening was called “War and Us”, and we read poems by 19th, 20th and 21st century poets. Each one of us has their own voice, and each of us chose poems and songs which reflect our personal feelings about the war and its consequences, both for Ukraine, suffering under Russia’s military aggression, and for Russia.

The money has already been transferred (on Sunday 27 March) via Olena Ermolenko, who lives in Ukraine and works with the Ukraine-wide charitable project TIM. You can find out more about TIM on Facebook and via the project’s YouTube channel.

The number of people in Ukraine with disabilities who have been displaced, or no longer have access to the basic means of survival and personal care, is growing day by day. TIM helps in the following way: every family with a disabled family member (whether an adult or a child) living in Ukraine (only those living in Ukraine are eligible) can receive a one-off payment of 1,500 hryvnia (about £40) for groceries, sanitary items and medicines. You can find out more information about how the project works here.

The project has no administrative expenses, so every single pound donated (down to the very last penny!) will be spent on supporting the most vulnerable. The money we’ve raised will help approximately 16 families!

Once again, we say a big thank you to all those who came for their generous support. Special thanks go to the four people who couldn’t attend in person, but still donated to the cause. Do keep an eye on our programme – we hope to put on another charitable evening soon!

The Cambridge Russian-language Theatre “Вот Такой Театр” invites you to an Evening of Poetry “War and Us”.

WHEN: Saturday 26 March, 18:00

WHERE: Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, Cambridge

All proceeds will go towards humanitarian aid for Ukraine. A minimum suggested contribution is £10. Please be so kind as to bring cash with you.

No children under 14 please (as they would find it boring).

LANGUAGE: Russian.

In the programme: contemporary poetry, as well as poems by 19th and 20th century authors.

Each of the actors has their own voice – they have chosen poems and songs that reflect their feelings and their personal attitude to this horrible war and its consequences for Ukraine and Russia.

Come and listen to our voices – you are sure to hear some that resonate with your own feelings!

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