(Dominic Cavendish’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 11/3.)
The venue isn’t disclosed in advance. You get a text instructing you where to convene. When the allotted hour comes, you’re taken to the temporary performance space. You must bring your passport –not to identify yourself at the door, but in case you get hauled away by the authorities.
Welcome to the stressful, fearful (but yes, high-adrenalin and pulse-quickening) world of Belarus Free Theatre. This company has fallen so foul of the regime of Alexander Lukashenko – often described as “the last dictatorship in Europe” – that its founders have had to base themselves in exile in London (under the artistic auspices of the Young Vic, with distinguished support from the likes of Tom Stoppard, Jude Law and Kevin Spacey).
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