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