Ver Poets mark 30th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear accident

Chernoby images and Mario

Chernoby images and Mario - Credit: Archant

Songs, poetry and historical narrative will come together to mark the 30th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident in Chernobyl.

Chernoby images and Mario

Chernoby images and Mario - Credit: Archant

Ver Poets have organised the evening at the Maltings Arts Theatre to mark the devastating accident which resulted in thousands of people dying and a large area of land left as wilderness.

It will look at the human errors that led to the explosion and the consequences with, at its centre, the award-winning poems by by Mario Petrucci entitled Heavy Water based on transcsripts of the survivors. They will be performed by members of the Company of Ten.

Music will come from Jenny McNaught and Alan Halse of Redbourn Folk Club and there will be a historical narration outlining the bizarre catalogue of human errors before and after the event.

Simon Bowden of Ver Poets says: ”Mario has written a wonderful and terrifying sequence of poems, set in the mouths of those most closely affected. They show how people’s lives were transformed in the cataclysm – and how they responded.

Chernoby images and Mario

Chernoby images and Mario - Credit: Archant


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“But the poems also raise an issue – is nuclear power simply too dangerous for us to use as a source of energy? Opinion is divided. We will be hearing from the poet himself, Mario Petrucci and Professor Richard Bruckdorfer on the pros and cons of nuclear energy in the age of global warming.”

The evening starts at 7.30 pm and advance tickets are available from the theatre website for £7.

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