He and his wife Tatyana – who also stars in the play – were forced to flee Ukraine ten days into Russia’s invasion, after seeing “rockets and helicopters circling” above their Kiev home.
“It was impossible to understand, no one believed that the war would happen, but it happened,” said Zinovenko, 62, who has starred in many Ukrainian films, series and performances.
The actor had not written any plays before, but when he and his family got to safety in Denmark, he said that “whatever was in my heart came out on paper”.
He said, “Whatever I heard, saw and understood. I wanted to put it down on paper.”