Publication date: 04.10.22
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Cultural Education to the Masses

At Shatura, with the support of Unipro PJSC, the second stage of the Golden Mask Festival was held. In October, the stage of the Roshal Sports and Culture Centre hosted a tour of the Theatre of Nations with two productions: a thrilling interactive detective story for children “Beware of the Elves!” and a comedy “The Swedish Match” based on a short story by A.P. Chekhov.

On 2 October, the young audience saw a play “Beware of the Elves!” with elements of shadows, directed by Maria Litvinova, who played one of the lead roles, and Vyacheslav Ignatov. Sergey Melkonyan played the first elfologist, and Dmitry Zastavny played shadows. “Beware of the Elves!” is a good production about the right values with the necessary share of irony, about the modern school and education system.

The next day, 3 October, the stage of the Sports and Culture Centre hosted a cheerful musical performance “The Swedish Match.” The play was accompanied by a small orchestra, the musicians whereof were the performing artists themselves, who masterfully played musical instruments and sometimes did without them. There was a real Chekhov’s vaudeville on the stage, light and witty at the same time.

“Shatura hosted the Golden Mask for the second time in a year. In June, the audience saw “Cinderella” performed by the Doll’s House Puppet Theatre. And plays of the Theatre of Nations in October. Since 2018, the theatre festival has managed to visit five regions of Unipro operation. However, this is not where our cooperation comes to an end, and no less interesting projects lie ahead,” said Sergey Bakurin, Director of Shaturskaya GRES Branch of Unipro PJSC.

Thanks to Unipro’s support and participation, best performances of the festival took place in Surgut, Smolensk, Krasnoyarsk and Perm Territories. The playbill traditionally includes plays that are nominees and award holders and performances that are highly appreciated by experts and the public at large.

The Golden Mask in Shatura has become a completely charitable project. Socially vulnerable groups, large families, disabled children, teachers, cultural workers, etc. were able to visit the theatrical productions for free. The festival is supported in accordance with the ESG Strategy of Unipro PJSC, where one of the elements is to improve the quality of life of local communities.