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Red Forest

Now until 5 July 2014

A Belarus Free Theatre and Young Vic co-production, commissioned by LIFT and Melbourne Festival. Presented as part of the LIFT 2014 festival, as part of the Imagine 2020 network, supported by the EU Cultural Programme.

Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Maria

Belarus Free Theatre was founded in 2005 under Europe's last surviving dictatorship; the company is one of the most outspoken critics of Belarus’s repressive regime. Many company members have served time in prison, lost their jobs, gone into hiding or been exiled. Despite this, the company continues to develop award-winning work with the support of artists around the world.

'Everything about the Belarus Free Theatre is astonishing.'
Michael Billington

'A reminder that there are still parts of the world where putting on a play represents an act of political courage.'
The Telegraph

Presented as part of LIFT 2014, a London-wide festival of performance and international theatre taking place
2 – 29 June. Tickets also available through the LIFT Box Office, where a transaction fee applies.

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Show information

The award-winning Belarus Free Theatre return with an epic new legend for the 21st century, created from extraordinary true stories from around the world and woven together with stunning video and hypnotic live music.

Aisha is on the run. Forced to flee her village and give birth to her baby girl in the Sahara, she crosses the globe in search of shelter. But to find it, she must overcome the terrible cruelties of nature and man.

Following their sold-out shows Minsk, 2011 and Trash Cuisine, BFT turn their unflinching eye towards the global issue of man-made destruction, creating a contemporary folk tale for a globalised world.

Click here to see what audiences have been saying about the show so far.

"There’s no doubt that Belarus Free Theatre are among the most courageous theatre companies in the world"
Time Out

The Independent on Trash Cuisine


Monday - Saturday 7:45pm
Wednesday and Saturday matinees (25 Jun, 28 Jun & 5 Jul): 2:45pm

Running time: 90 minutes  

Post Show Discussions

Thursday 19 June
Members of the cast who took part in the research expedition for Red Forest discuss the stories they uncovered, as well as their experience of performing a play based on the real lives of the extraordinary people they met on the trip. LIFT's Artistic Director Mark Ball will chair.

Thursday 26 June
Alexandre de Souza, the Brazilian fisherman campaigning against the Petrogas pipeline that has destroyed traditional fishing waters, and Joe Corre, anti-fracking campaigner will come together to discuss environmental activism from two very different perspectives.


Tickets: £10, £19.50
Previews (12 - 19 Jun):  £10

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.


Click here to find out more about the Young Vic's seating policy, and about what to expect when you arrive at the Young Vic.

Food & drink

The Cut Bar & Restaurant at the Young Vic serves an inspired mix of classic and original play-themed dishes create an exciting menu from fresh, free-range and organic ingredients. 

Visit The Cut Bar's website.

In the press

Belarus Free Theatre answered Guardian readers' questions in a Twitter Q&A

Michael Attenborough tells The Guardian why David Cameron can't ignore Belarus Free Theatre

Natalia Kaliada's 30 minute BBC Hard Talk interview 

Artists' open letter targets ice hockey world championship in Belarus in The Guardian 

Devised and performed by Belarus Free Theatre

Made possible by Falmouth University's Academy of Music & Theatre Arts

Research supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Performers, Devisers and Contributors
Pavel Haradnitski
Kiryl Kanstantsinau
Michal Keyamo
Stephanie Pan
Francesco Petruzzelli
Jeremy Proulx
Maryia Sazonova
Nastassia Shcherbak
Ignatius Sokol
Philippe Spall
Andrei Urazau
Eleanor Westbrook

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