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NEWS: Winners of The Stage Awards include Kiln Theatre, Nica Burns, Wise Children’s Simon Baker & the Theatre Support Fund

In Awards, London theatre, Musicals, Native, News, Online shows, Plays, Press Releases, Quotes, Regional theatre by Press Releases

The Stage has announced the winners of The Stage Awards, reimagined this year to celebrate theatrical organisations who continued to create great theatre, show innovation, and help ensure theatre survives in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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‘If new funds don’t come in, we can probably manage until the beginning of the autumn’: Artistic director Anthony Biggs on the Playground Theatre in lockdown

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As the weeks of lockdown continue, with theatres up and down the country and around the world closed for the foreseeable future, I caught up with another artistic director, Anthony Biggs of west London’s Playground Theatre, to find out more how they were responding.

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‘I’m not going to accept that I can’t grow an audience in that time’: British theatre’s shutdown described by industry insiders

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Weeks into lockdown, with theatres up and down the country and around the world closed for the foreseeable future, I caught up with the artistic directors of Cirencester’s Barn Theatre, Belarus Free Theatre and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. How are they being affected? Will they survive?

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New post-show Q&A: Join Terri & Counting Sheep’s Ukrainian revolutionaries at Vault Festival

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As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Wednesday 6 February 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the revolutionaries and show creators of Counting Sheep at VAULT Festival. Got any questions?

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TOMORROW I WAS ALWAYS A LION – Arcola Theatre

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Schizophrenia is regarded as an incurable disease – once diagnosed, even if a person is able to lead a normal life, the medical community always considers them ill. Norwegian psychologist and PhD candidate Arnhild Lauveng defied this expectation; after a decade of living with Schizophrenia and a lengthy recovery, she was finally declared healthy.

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BURNING DOORS – Soho Theatre

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I can’t imagine living in a country where theatre is censored for criticising the government, and theatre makers who create politically subversive work risk arrest, torture and death. But this is the reality of Belarus Free Theatre. Its three founders, now refugees living and working in London, risk imprisonment if they return to their home country.

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Belarus Free Theatre: “The Soviet Union is still with us; it’s just shifted shape”

In Features, Festivals, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes by Victoria SadlerLeave a Comment

Art matters. And it’s hard to think of a theatre company that has proved that more than Belarus Free Theatre (BFT). Now about to celebrate their tenth anniversary, BFT has persisted against the most extraordinary odds to not just confront oppression, but to create challenging and vital theatre.

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13 thoughts On Freedom: Belarus Free Theatre marks ten years by Staging a Revolution

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Belarus Free Theatre (BFT), the underground theatre group routinely censored and persecuted in its state-controlled homeland, is celebrating its tenth birthday this month. Founded by human rights activist husband-and-wife Nikolai Khalezin and Natalie Koliada, joined by director Vladimir Shcherban, BFT’s inaugural production in May 2005 was Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, which tackles Belarusian taboo subjects […]