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.
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.
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?
Belarus Free Theatre’s immersive adaptation of Counting Sheep provides a truly emotional, interactive and interesting story whether you lived through it or you are learning about this for the very first time.
“Revolution is action. Revolution is choice.” Discover how Mark and Marichka Marczyk took that spirit of revolution, and all that comes with it, and channeled it into creating VAULT Festival hits Counting Sheep and Balaklava Blues.
It’s only a matter of days until the UK is scheduled to depart the European Union. As anyone who follows me knows, Brexit is an outcome I’ve been fighting, marching and campaigning against since David Cameron first announced the date for the 2016 referendum. So to be invited to chair Counting Sheep, in a new co-production with Belarus Free […]
Balaklava Blues, a music and multimedia experience exploring post-traumatic stress and attempts to move forward, is playing alongside its immersive predecessor Counting Sheep at this year’s VAULT Festival. Both created by Mark and Marichka Marczyk, they run at Waterloo venue until 17 March 2019.
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?
Recalling the year past, which is de rigueur for those of us who have spent too many nights in darkened rooms, I’m struck again by the richness and talent of so many shows I’ve seen, particularly in the smaller and Off-West End and Fringe venues.
Schizophrenia remains one of the great mental health taboos. With nearly one in five likely to be affected by mental health issues in the UK, schizophrenia is still the one that can cause the greatest distress to the sufferer and those around them.
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.
Arcola Theatre today announces its winter season for the remainder of 2016, with new plays by David Greig, Ron Hutchinson, Christina Lamb, Belarus Free Theatre, Christine Bacon, Sergio Blanco and Spitting Image’s Henry Naylor.
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.
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.
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 […]