Exciting news – ArtReach is partnering with Belarus Free Theatre to present its provocative new work, Burning Doors, as part of Journeys Festival International from August 2016!

Belarus Free Theatre is the foremost refugee-led theatre company in the UK and the only one in Europe banned by its own government on political grounds. Its new production, Burning Doors, sees an unprecedented collaboration between Belarus Free Theatre and Maria Alyokhina, from the Russian activist punk band, Pussy Riot.

Burning Doors takes its name from the actions of Russian Actionist and performance artist Petr Pavlensky, who in November 2015 set fire to the doors of the former KGB headquarters. The play explores the persecution of three artists, including Pavlensky, and the personal experiences of cast member, Maria Alyokhina (Pussy Riot). The third artist, Oleg Stensov, is an award-winning Ukrainian filmmaker currently imprisoned on charge of terrorist offences in Crimea.

The world premiere of Burning Doors will be presented at Curve, Leicester on August 23rd and the play will continue to tour as part of Journeys Festival International to the cities of Manchester and Portsmouth in October.

Burning Doors will be developed at Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) and is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Please follow the links below for booking information:

Leicester: Curve 23rd – 27th August

Manchester: Contact 10th – 12th October

Portsmouth: 14th October at New Theatre Royal

World Premiere: 23rd August, Curve, Leicester


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