Burning Doors

Belarus Free Theatre presents

Burning Doors

  • Wed 31 Aug - Sat 24 Sep 2016, 7.15pm (2.30pm Sat matinees)
  • Tickets from £10

‘Full-on, uncompromising theatre: shocking, impressive’ British Theatre Guide

Read the phenomenal audience response here
Watch the trailer here

In this blazing contemporary new work, Belarus Free Theatre combine forces with Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina to share stories of persecuted artists, living under dictatorship, who will not be silenced.
What happens when you are declared an enemy of the state simply for making art? Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? And how do you survive in one of the most brutal prison systems in the world?

This brand new production blends sensuous theatricality and vigorous physicality to shine a light on the suppression of artistic freedoms. Drawn from the real-life stories of Russian performance artist Petr Pavlensky, incarcerated Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and Maria Alyokhina, who makes her stage debut.

BFT (Being Harold Pinter, Trash Cuisine) is the only theatre in Europe banned by its government on political grounds. Burning Doors draws on the company’s own experience of political oppression, and continues their campaign to stand up for artistic and human rights across the globe, reminding us that theatre can be a revolutionary art.

Performed in Russian and Belarusian with English surtitles
Running Time: 105 mins
Age Recommendation: 18+ (contains nudity) #BurningDoors

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the following shows are no longer access specific.

Thu 22 Sep
Fri 23 Sep

If you require more information, please contact the box office on 020 7478 0100.

Burning Doors is created in 2016 in partnership with ArtReach as part of Journeys Festival International and was developed at Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA)and is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

‘A scorching piece of theatre: uncompromising, urgent and angry…Savage political satire. Performed with blazing energy and commitment.’
✮✮✮✮ Financial Times


‘Visceral. A brutally physical production. An analogue for the ritualised humiliation by Russian authorities.’
Time Out

‘A forceful, intense excavation of freedom. A stark reminder of the real human cost of art in places that are not that far away.’ What’s on Stage

‘An extraordinary show, every bit as noisy, taboo-busting and brutal to behold as you could want.’
A Younger Theatre

‘It’s challenging, powerful and rightfully disturbing, and undoubtedly stimulates discussion way beyond the curtain call’ Leicester Mercury

‘Full-on, uncompromising theatre: shocking, impressive’ British Theatre Guide

‘One of the bravest and most inspired underground troupes on the planet.’
New York Times

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