Stop Press! The Belarus Free Theatre comes to Nottingham Playhouse

Tuesday 14th June 2011

We’re thrilled to announce that The Belarus Free Theatre will be performing at Nottingham Playhouse Thursday 7 – Friday 8 July at 8pm.

Originally scheduled to perform at Lakeside Arts Centre as part of the first Nottingham European Arts and Theatre Festival, this award-winning company had to cancel when their visas were revoked. Now, after a lengthy battle, we are welcoming them to Nottingham Playhouse as a late addition to neat11.

The Belarus Free Theatre is one of the most acclaimed political theatre companies in the world. They received the French Republic Human Rights Prize for the idea of this performance and the previous activities of the theatre.

Discover Love focuses on the reflections of a woman whose husband has been kidnapped and murdered, and intermingles Irina’s story with other women whose family members have been kidnapped, murdered or remain in jails to this day.

Giles Croft Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse and neat11 is delighted to welcome the company to the Playhouse:

When I started programming the festival the first company I wanted to invite was the Belarus Free Theatre. I first saw their work in St Etienne five years ago as part of a European Theatre Convention festival and since then we have got to know them well. Last year a member of the company spent some time at Nottingham Playhouse and that brought us closer together and we have since followed their complex professional and personal lives with a combination of admiration and dismay. Originally they were to open the festival by performing at Lakeside Arts Centre but, as we were about to go to print, they had their visas and passports revoked and became stateless; as a result we had to cancel the performances. Now we are delighted that we have been able to reschedule outside of the festival proper but in recognition of our original intention we will still include it as a neat11 event.

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