Arts Derbyshire


From the Bomb Shelters Of Kyiv to the Deryshire Dales Bunker Cabaret

The phrase ‘Theatre of War’ takes on a new meaning when Ukrainian performers bring their latest show, Bunker Cabaret, to Derbyshire this month.

Bunker Cabaret is a bold new performance by Hooligan Art Community that started life in the bomb shelters of Kyiv and is now touring the UK, following a sold-out run in London in September 2022.

Combining music, poetry, dance and film, this unique theatre event is a powerful exploration of love versus totalitarianism, and the personal conflicts of making art in time of war.

Derbyshire residents have two opportunities to see the show.

Bunker Cabaret plays the world-famous Chatsworth House on Tuesday 7th March at 7pm, and Strutts Community Centre, Belper on Friday 10th – Saturday 11th March at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the performances at Cavendish Hall, Chatsworth House, Bakewell are £15 available from or

Tickets for the performances at Strutts Community Centre, Derby Road, Belper are £10 adults and £6 children, available from the Belper Fringe website:

Organiser for Belper Fringe Paul Terry explained: “Derbyshire residents have been fantastic in opening their doors and communities to those who fled war-torn Ukraine last year, and the visit of BUNKER CABARET gives us the opportunity to show our continued support to the Ukrainian people.

We really can’t imagine the hardships and struggles they have had to endure in a country ravaged by war but we all remember the bombing of the Maripol theatre and the images of people living in bunkers. The fact that this show has come out of those bunkers and is flying the flag for Ukrainian culture gives everyone hope.

We look forward to hosting the Hooligan Art Community and demonstrating Derbyshire’s warm welcome and hospitality, and to audiences enjoying an evening of Ukrainian music, poetry, dance and film.”

For further information, please contact Belper Fringe Co-ordinator Paul Terry on 07973 488726 or

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