At the Ark at Eight

У ковчега в восемь. Спектакль театра «Мастерская» под руководством Григория Козлова, Санкт-Петербург

Ulrich Hub

A comedy in one act


Translated from the German by Ekaterina Gorokhovskaya and Johann Bott


Director: Ekaterina Gorokhovskaya

Production and Costume Designer: Sonya Matveeva

Light Designer: Alexandr Ryazantsev

Musical Director: Ekaterina Nikolaeva


A dove brings this news to three penguins residing on a glacier in cold Antarctica who spend their time arguing: God is tired of the constant strife between people and animals and has decided to flood the Earth. The penguins are faced with a problem: how can they all get on Noah’s ark when they have only two tickets between the three of them?

In 2006 a German publishing house offered theatres the opportunity to stage productions for children about religion. Ulrich Hub, a German actor, director and playwright, took up the story of the Flood. He used it as the setting for a story about friendship, love for one’s fellow man, faith and faithlessness, and his play immediately achieved recognition and won an award for the best German play for children. And yet its subject matter turned out to be so much greater than a children’s play would normally allow that At the Ark at Eight has been staged with huge success by “adult” theatres in Europe and Russia.


The St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theatre’s young actors put on a dynamic, bold and funny show in which they joyfully and delicately – and without ever becoming didactic or moralizing – search for answers to questions that trouble many.


The premiere took place on October 14th, 2010.

Duration: 1 hour and 20 minutes with no intermission. Recommended for audiences aged 12 and up.

The show has participated in the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.


Firs Penguin

Second Penguin

Third Penguin

Noah’s Voice



Evgeni Shumeiko

Nikolai Kuglyant

Mikhail Kasapov

Arseny Semyonov

Anna Arefyeva, Alyona Artyomova

Anna Arefyeva, Alyona Artyomova, Arina Lykova

Билеты в театр «Мастерская»