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2Magpies bring The Litvinenko Project to Sheffield
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 cups of tea which he drank, each relating to a different theory which led to his death. 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.
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.
These performances mark the 10th anniversary of Litvinenko’s death.
“A stunning, engaging, and unusual piece” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ StageTalk Magazine