Ballad of the Motherland

Neptune Theatre

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About the Event

March 21- April 2, 2023

Fountain Hall Stage | Written and directed by Annie Valentina

Neptune Theatre is proud to partner with the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth on the production of Ballad of The Motherland. Neptune is donating $1 from every ticket purchased for this production to the Nova Scotia Supports Ukraine fund. For more information on the fund, ways to help or to make a donation visit: 

In 2014, down-on-her-luck writer Kate was thrilled to land an internship at a prestigious international magazine in Kyiv. What an opportunity to explore her ancestral homeland and culture first-hand! Little did Kate know she was about to become both witness to a major turning point in history, and an unwitting participant in it.

While on a mission to connect to her father’s Russian-Ukrainian roots in the Donbas region, Kate found herself in a military zone controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Under suspicion of being a “Western operative” for the newly minted Kyiv government, she was detained by armed militia and spent many days in captivity, her only access to the world through an inscrutable, volatile young local tasked with her custody.

The story of her abduction made international headlines. But Kate herself has never publicly talked about the events of eight years ago - until now.

As she pieces together memories in real time against the ever-looming reality of an ongoing war in Ukraine, Kate grapples with her own fractured cultural identity, the dissonance between public and personal narrative, and the surprising survival strategies we reach for in the face of improbable odds.


Ballad of the Motherland is loosely inspired by true events that took place during the early days of the Donbas conflicts (2014). All characters portrayed are fictional.


Show Times:
Tuesday to Friday - 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 2 pm & 7:30 pm