A GREEN MEADOW. A play based on stories told by workers of Ignalina nuclear power plant and residents of Visaginas.

  • Director

    Jonas TERTELIS, Kristina WERNER

  • Duration

    1 h 30 min (one act)

  • Stage

    Second Stage

  • Premiere date

    May 19, 2017

  • Part of the play is in English and in Russian


Nominated for 2017 National Theatre Award. Best National Dramaturgy 

A GREEN MEADOW. A play based on stories told by workers of Ignalina nuclear power plant and residents of Visaginas.


“A green meadow” – this is how the workers at the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant describe the final goal of the power plant’s deconstruction: in the end, after the cutting up of turbines, dismantling of the reactor and the demolition of the buildings there will be nothing but a green field left.

Contrary to what many think, the goal is still far from being achieved: planned completion of the work is not earlier than in 2038. Although from the outside the power plant does not appear much different, inside, it is going through a non-stop process of dismantlement.

Today the plant employs more than 2500 people – about half as many as before the closure of the second block in 2009. Some have been hired recently to carry out the dismantling work, but the majority (more than half) are the same people who assembled the nuclear power plant detail after detail back in the 1970s and 1980s, and now must find a way to safely take it apart (INPP is the first power plant of this type to be shut down in the world). The opinions regarding the closure are very diverse: some feel nostalgic for the past, others are quietly waiting for retirement, while the younger ones see the closure as a new opportunity to gain specific knowledge which may land them a job abroad.

However, most of them share a special connection with the power plant, which stems from a unique working environment, strict labor regulations and numerous small rituals (such as specific security procedures or sharing important technical information at the end of your shift).

Yet, their point of arrival is nothing but a “green meadow.” It is hard to say what it will be: a bright utopia or a god-forsaken empty space. A place with no industrial leftovers? An opportunity to build something new, eco-friendly and sustainable? Or maybe a space to meditate in? An idyll?

A Green Meadow is an open play created following the principles of applied theater, the content of which is informed by stories, rituals and visions of the former or existing workers of the Ignalina nuclear power plant. In order to help the local residents of Visaginas answer the questions that are important to them, we want to ask the audience that often finds itself in a liminal space: how does a person feel  having to deconstruct what they built? How the city and its people are going to change once a substantial chunk of it is removed? What is it going to look like in 20 years? What can be done so that the reality becomes as bright as the vision, or brighter?

A Green Meadow – in the mind, uncertainty and visions. It is a process, a creation and a result. The reality of a Visaginas resident and a reflection of ourselves.



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