2Magpies bring The Litvinenko Project to Sheffield
2Magpies bring the critically acclaimed The Litvinenko Project to the Fringe in a 2Magpies double bill at Summerhall alongside their new show Ventoux. The Litvinenko Project combines fact, fiction, theatricality and tea to tell the story of fatally poisoned dissident Alexander Litvinenko.
The Litvinenko Project
The critically acclaimed The Litvinenko Project is performed in café spaces and explores the fatal poisoning of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. The performance guides the audience through the day Litvinenko was poisoned by the cup of tea which he drank, each relating to a different theory. Litvinenko was poisoned in a cup of tea as Polonium had to be ingested – however many other details are obscure or unknown. International Security and Terrorism graduates Tom Barnes and Matt Wilks of 2Magpies began interrogating the details of the case in Autumn 2013, and wondered why there was no public inquiry into his death, performing in November 2016 to mark the 10th anniversary of Litvinenko’s death.
Whilst the big details are unknown, 2Magpies have found out what Litvinenko liked to cook, what he liked to drink, and how he liked to dance; so cooking, drinking and dancing are the core methods of telling Litvinenko’s story. An inquiry was announced in July 2014 and the show has evolved as details of the case have emerged. They are fully prepared to alter the show during the run.
As we approach 10 years since Litvinenko’s death, there are still a lot of unknowns in international politics. We hope The Litvinenko Project provokes our audiences to interrogate why this might be and demand justice from the Inquiry.
“A stunning, engaging, and unusual piece” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ StageTalk Magazine