Kherson Regional Academic Music and Drama Theatre named after Mykola Kulish presents monodrama Kitty as a memory of the darkness, will visit Banská Štiavnica straight from the Pohoda festival. You will see them at our place on Sunday evening July 9, 2023. The director of the theater and the author of the play will attend Stiavnica too. After the performance, we will stay together to discuss.

Kitty as a memory of the darkness is a story about the life that Ukrainians had  been living in Donbas for 8 years, and about the realities in which people from the Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Luhansk and part of Kharkiv regions found themselves in 2022.

The plot is based on a touching monologue of a woman from Donbas. A woman wearing dark glasses sells three orphaned kittens – white, grey and black – all that remained of her home, her land, her peaceful world – after the Russian occupation… You can take off the glasses, but the darkness remains – under the eyes and in the eyes…

While telling her story, the heroine cooks borshch. She is peeling potatoes, carrots, chopping cabbage, and at this time talking about the horrors she experienced during the occupation. The preparation of a traditional dish balances the terrible story and, at the same time, shows the resistance of the heroine, who remains a patriot when her country is destroyed, a housewife when she is deprived of her home.

The woman treats the audience with this borshch in the end of the play. This is quite symbolic, because she shares almost the last benefits with the hope that better times are ahead and light will overcome darkness.

During the entire action, the kittens are “hidden” in a box… And, according to Serhiy Pavlyuk’s stage version, the heroine keeps not one (as in the play), but all three kittens, because soon the heroine will have her own home and they all will  ave a place to live.

“I saw the Kherson Theatre’s play a few days ago in the bunker of the Mykolaiv Theatre. It was one of the most powerful artistic experiences of my life, and I am proud that the Kherson Theatre will perform it at Pohoda. After the play, there will be a theatre discussion with the admirable person and theatre director Oleksandr Knyha. I highly recommend both events,” adds Michal Kaščák from Ukraine.


In the new interpretation of the play, the role of the Woman is performed by theatre actress Olga Boytsova.

The director is Serhii Pavlyuk, Honored Artist of Ukraine.

The playwright is Neda Nezhdana.

General artistic director of the theatre, People’s Artist of Ukraine Oleksandr Knyha.

Language: Ukrainian + Slovak subtitles: translated by Marta Kákoni from Musical drama ensemble of Taras Ševčenko in Bratislava

Duration: 75 min


The premiere took place on May 24, 2017. within the International Theatre Festival “Melpomena of Tavria”. The performance was updated on September 27, 2022.

The organization of this event from public resources within the project “25 years of Art Cafe” was supported by the Slovak Arts Council.

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