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Staging a Revolution

Created by Belarus Free Theatre

Monday - Sunday at secret locations: 6.20pm (6pm for 4.48 Psychosis)
Monday - Saturday at the Young Vic: 7pm 

Latecomers will not be able to get to the secret venue, so make sure you're on time! 

Young Vic & Secret Location

The astounding Belarus Free Theatre celebrate their 10th anniversary with an epic festival featuring 10 landmark productions. 

BFT are banned in their own country. Their audiences in Minsk receive a text just hours before the show telling them to meet at a secret location. They bring their passports in case of KGB raids and arrest.

Now you can experience what it’s like to be a part of the bravest audience in the world. Join us at a different secret venue each night for an award-winning show. After each performance there will be a discussion with leading political thinkers and activists over Belarusian food & drinks. 

One week later, BFT return to their London home the Young Vic with their acclaimed productions of King Lear, Being Harold Pinter and the UK premiere of Time of Women.

For more information on each night's events, please visit the Ministry of Counterculture.

Image by Ai Weiwei 

Every performance and discussion will be live streamed online for free at

★★★★ “A furious intensity rarely seen on these shores”  Daily Telegraph  "There is no denying that the company has a visceral power, a thrilling necessity-born inventiveness and an urgent topicality that is rare in theater today" New York Times 


Maryia Sazonava, 
Yana Rusakevich, 
Kiryl Kanstantsinau, 
Pavel Haradnitski, 
Yuliya Shauchuk, 
Andrei Urazau, 
Maryna Yakubovich, 
Victoria Biran, 
Siarhei Kvachonak, 
Aleh Sidorchyk, 
Dzianis Tarasenka, 
Nicolai Khalezin,
Sviatlana Yafimava,
Elias Faingersh, 
Yuriy Dalivelya, 
Ignatius Sokol, 
Laur Biarzhanin (DJ Laurel),
Harriet Green,
Stephanie Pan, 
Eleanor Westbrook, 
Franziska Haberlach, 
Esther Mugambi, 
Oliver Bennett, 
Philippe Spall,  

4.48 Psychosis 
by Sarah Kane, 
Direction Vladimir Shcherban

Price of Money 
conceived and directed by Vladimir Shcherban, 
Devised by the Company

Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker, 
Concept, direction and adaptation by Vladimir Shcherban

Generation Jeans
Written, directed and performed by Nicolai Khalezin,
Music DJ Laurel (Laur Biarzhanin)

Discover Love 
written by Nicolai Khalezin with Natalia Kaliada,
Direction Nicolai Khalezin, 
Music DJ Laurel (Laur Biarzhanin), 
Choreography Olga Skvortsova 

Zone of Silence
Directed and adapted by Vladimir Shcherban, 
Dramaturgy Konstantin Steshik

Trash Cuisine 
Direction Nicolai Khalezin,
Written by Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada,
Additional Contributions by Stephanie Pan, Nastassia Shcherbak, Aleh Sidorchyk, Clive Stafford Smith and Philippe Spall,

Time of Women 
Direction Nicolai Khalezin,
Written by Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada

King Lear 
by William Shakespeare, 
Direction Vladimir Shcherban,
Dramaturgical adaptation Nicolai Khalezin

Being Harold Pinter 
Adapted and directed by Vladimir Shcherban

“A furious intensity rarely seen on these shores” 
Daily Telegraph 

"There is no denying that the company has a visceral power, a thrilling necessity-born inventiveness and an urgent topicality that is rare in theater today"
New York Times 

Michael Sheen: the freedom and terror of learning to act - The Guardian 

Banned in Belarus, but the Shows Go On - The New York Times on BFT

BFT co-founder Natalia Kaliada on being ‘harassed by the dictatorship’ - The Independent

Belarus Free Theatre launch political arts website - The Stage

"The audience in Belarus is the bravest in the world" BFT co-founder Natalia Kaliada talks to the Guardian about Staging a Revolution and stage life under authoritarian rule.

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Audio described performances

Time of Women
10 Nov 7pm 

King Lear
12 Nov 7pm