Journeys Festival International, in Portsmouth from 10-22 October, includes an extraordinary theatre performance, Burning Doors, at New Theatre Royal (14 October 7.30), by the internationally renowned Belarus Free Theatre. The cast includes Maria Alyokhina from the infamous Russian band, Pussy Riot, and tells the true stories of political persecution of artists through stunning and spectacular theatre.
Burning Doors interrogates what happens to people when they are declared enemies of the state simply for making art. How the meaning of home and displacement reframes under systematic coercion and ideological warfare.
The Artistic Directors of Belarus Free Theatre were forced to flee their own country after their performances were stopped and they themselves were imprisoned. The title of the play comes from the actions of performance artist Petr Pavlensky who actually set fire to the doors of the Lubyanka Building, the KGB headquarters in Moscow. This is work that must be seen, both for its artistic quality and powerful content, and includes a post-show discussion with the creative team.
This brand new production blends sensuous theatricality and vigorous physicality to evoke the plight of people displaced by political persecution and conflict in Europe today.
Caroline Sharman, Artistic Director at New Theatre Royal, describes the production as “an uncompromising physical theatre experience which raises important questions about freedom of expression”.
Burning Doors is performed in Russian and Belarusian, with English subtitles.
Portsmouth Student Exclusive Discount: £7.50 (available online or by phone with the code: BDUNI)
Box Office 023 9264 9000 or book here.
To view the trailer of Burning Doors click here
Group bookings of 10 people will see the 11th free (only available over the counter); 6% Transaction Fee on all tickets for internet and telephone sales; no fee at the counter for this performance. Running Time: 90 mins (approx)
Please note that the performance is recommended for ages 16+