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INTERVIEW: Counting Sheep at the VAULT Festival: Genuinely Interactive

Most shows at the VAULT Festival only run for five days, but a select few have longer runs including this year’s feature show Counting Sheep. Based on the Kiev uprising in 2014, audience members restage the revolution in a thrilling show designed by people who were there and by the Free Theatre of Belarus. The Reviews Hub caught up with ...

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Tomorrow I was Always A Lion – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Vladimir Shcherban (based on the memoirs of Arnhild Lauveng) Director: Vladimir Shcherban Reviewer: Deborah Parry One in four of us is currently suffering from a mental health condition and yet there is still a huge stigma attached to certain diagnoses - none more so than psychosis. Up until recently, the notion that schizophrenia could be cured was absolutely rejected by professionals, hope snatched ...

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Burning Doors – Soho Theatre, London

Writer &Director: Nicolai Khalezin Reviewer: Deborah Klayman A stark set, evocative images and an oppressive soundscape await the audience for Burning Doors – and that is merely the pre-set. Before the play-proper even begins, the auditorium is awash with claustrophobia and uncomfortable truth, with half the height of the set given over to projected imagery with sobering surtitles, and the ...

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Price of Money – The Albany, Deptford

Devised by: Belarus Free Theatre Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Made in partnership with Falmouth University, Belarus Free Theatre’s latest production explores the history of capitalism through the texts of Astrophanes, Ben Johnson and Stéphane Hessel, whose book Get Outraged! inspired the occupy movement. Made up of five scenes, Price of Money weaves together the tale of Plutus, the Ancient Greek god ...

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Trash Cuisine – Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh

Writer:Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada Director:Nicolai Khalezin Reviewer: Catherine Jones [Rating:5] Trash Cuisine is a mesmerising physical theatre piece devised by Belarus Free Theatre Company. BFT creates work that challenges social and political issues pertinent to their homeland but relevant to all; Trash Cuisine focuses on the horrors of the death penalty which still exist in Belarus. The performance begins ...

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Minsk 2011: A reply to Kathy Acker – Contact Theatre, Manchester

Reviewer: Clare Boswell [rating: 4] ‘Minsk is a beautiful and very sexy city. Welcome to the sexiest city in the world.’ - Belarus Free Theatre’s introduction to their production ‘Minsk 2011’. Banned in their home country, Belarus Free Theatre is undoubtedly a company of huge importance in our current theatrical and political landscape. Theatre as a vehicle of change doesn’t ...

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Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Devised by: Belarus Free Theatre Director: Vladimir Shcherban Reviewer: Shane Morgan [Rating: 4.5] To a lot of people, Minsk is where Phoebe’s scientist boyfriend goes off to work in an early series of Friends. The more politically aware may know more. As a collective, the audience at the Tobacco Factory Theatre are given the inside look. A scars ‘n’ all ...

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