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A Belarus Free Theatre and Young Vic co-production supported by LIFT

Trash Cuisine

Trash Cuisine

devised and performed by Belarus Free Theatre

30 May - 15 June 2013 

The Maria

Originally developed and presented at Stadsshouwberg, Amsterdam co-produced by the European Cultural Foundation. Researched with support from Amnesty International.

Supported by: Network for Social Change, The Attenborough Charitable Trust, Kevin Spacey Foundation, Pleasance Theatre Trust, the Royal Victoria Foundation.

Trash Cuisine will be performed at the Pleasance Edinburgh between 19 – 26 August 2013.

Show information

The Independent

Welcome to the Capital Punishment Café!  Our chef’s specials today include electrocution, hanging and lethal injection. And save some room for dessert, because we’ve got firing squad and stoning. Can I take your order?

Banned from performing in their home country, Belarus Free Theatre serve up food, music, dance and Shakespeare as they share true stories from inmates, executioners, human rights lawyers and families of the executed.

This provocative and urgent show pierces the imagination with moments of the darkest humour as it challenges capital punishment in our contemporary world, where 95 countries still carry out the death penalty.

“One of the most powerful and vividly resourceful underground companies on the planet” (New York Times), BFT returns to the Young Vic after their critically acclaimed Minsk, 2011.



Join us on Tues 11 June for a post-show discussion about the making of the show and capital punishment with Natalia Kaliada, Clive Stafford Smith of Reprieve, and BFT supporter Vivienne Westwood hosted by The Guardian.

Running time: 90 mins without an interval


Tickets: £10, £19.50
Previews: (30 May - 4 June) £10

Trash Cuisine is performed in English. Recommended age: 14+ (contains full male and female nudity and scenes of a distressing nature)

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

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In the press

"The work is remarkable, the atmosphere is electric" The Evening Standard in rehearsals for Trash Cuisine

"We need to try to give back the value of human life", Natalia Kaliada speaks to BBC News about Belarus' death penalty and Trash Cuisine

"Trash Cuisine is all we expect from BFT – provocation, daring and unforgettable theatre" David Lan and Natalia Kaliada speak to The Guardian to announce Trash Cuisine

Devised and performed by Belarus Free Theatre

Nicolai Khalezin
Design & costumes Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada
Music Arkadiy Yushin
Choreography Bridget Fiske


Viktoryia Biran
Pavel Haradnitski
Siarhei Kvachonak
Esther Mugambi
Stephanie Pan
Aleh Sidorchyk
Nastassia Shcherbak
Philippe Spall

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