Report for TYA UK
Executive Committee meeting of ASSITEJ, Makiivka, Ukraine September 26 -‐ October 1, 2011
Donetsk Regional Russian Youth Theatre/ Third Ukrainian Festival of Youth 2011
The 1st meeting of the recently elected Executive Committee of ASSITEJ took place in Makiivka, Ukraine on September 26 – October 1st 2011. Makiivka, is an industrial city located in eastern Ukraine within the Donetsk Oblast region.
The meeting took place at the City Theatre Makiivka hosted by The Donetsk Regional Russian Youth Theatre, in the context of the Third Ukrainian Festival of Youth, supported by Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The festival saw a week of performances by professional companies from across Ukraine who make work for children. The participating companies were state funded regional theatres attached to their own regional/city venue. Each company produces work for both adults and children in their venues and operate on a repertory theatre basis, with a large resident acting company, supported by in-house managing and technical departments. These particular companies were drawn from across the Ukraine and participated because of their particular focus on work for children and young audiences.
Local schools packed out the City Theatre Makiivka daily for the festival performances, the City Theatre is home to the Donetsk Regional Theatre of Young Spectator and is a traditional theatre space with Proscenium Arch. Each company also presented a show for adult audiences in the evening either a ʻpsychological dramaʼ, ʻcomedyʼ or ʻtragicomedyʼ
The work for children and young audiences was predominantly text based, involving larger casts (5 – 10 actors), designed for their larger stages. Each performance was introduced by a ʻglamorousʼ compere and had an interval. There was a sense of occasion, which the children seemed to enjoy. Women in red uniforms policed the auditorium during the performances and would intervene if children made too much noise which happened regularly.