Belarus Free Theatre co-founders interviewed
23rd July 2011
INTERVIEW: NATALIA KOLIADA and NIKOLAI KHALEZIN
The co-founders of the Belarus Free Theatre find time in a busy schedule to talk to Dominic Cavendish about how they came to set up their underground theatre company, which operates in conditions of the strictest repression in their homeland, and now has a base in London. Their most recent show Eurepica.Challenge is at the Almeida Theatre and the company stages a new work at the Pleasance, Edinburgh in August. Recorded at the British Library (some background noise), 23 July 2011.
It was not possible to perform this play [Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis]… We tried about 27 places – they denied us permission to perform. They said there is no suicide in Belarus, there are no sexual minorities in Belarus or mental problems…