The play "Borscht..." unfolds a narrative rooted in genuine experiences, offering a portrayal of life in a Kyiv region village during a two-month occupation in 2022. The storyline unfolds against the backdrop of the initial weeks of Russia's extensive invasion of Ukraine in February and March of 2022.
Comprising three novellas, the play introduces characters who grapple with the challenges of occupation, infusing the narrative with the stark realities of the time. Despite the ominous circumstances, each story exudes a spirit of hope and faith in a more promising future.
The thematic thread of preparing the quintessential Ukrainian national dish, Borscht, weaves through each novella, serving as a unifying element. Borscht symbolizes more than just a culinary delight; it embodies notions of home, comfort, traditions, and resilience. Each novella showcases a unique variation of the dish, reflecting the diversity of Borscht recipes across Ukraine. For instance, in the Chernihiv region, a sour apple is added, while Odesa incorporates fish in tomato, and the Kyiv region often features mushrooms.
Beyond the central plot of each novella, readers will discover a distinctive Borscht recipe from the characters, enriching the storytelling experience and providing a unique glimpse into Ukrainian culinary traditions.