Belarus Free Theatre

Burning Doors
Sep 28 - Oct 1, 2017

$23 | $30 WEEK OF • BUY TICKETS Merrill Wright Mainstage

Sunday (10/1) afternoon's performance of Burning Doors is sold out. A waiting list will begin at 4 pm; must be present in person to sign up.


Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? What do you do when the state imprisons you for making art? How would you survive one of the most brutal prison systems in the world? 

Belarus Free Theatre combines forces with Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina in her stage debut to tell the stories of three dissident artists and to examine how art persists under oppression. As governments clamp down and walls go up, this blazing production confronts today’s most urgent issues in a searing performance that blends sensuous theatricality and vigorous physicality. We see how artists living under dictatorship illuminate the knife-edge of complacency in democratic societies, reminding us of the true cost of freedom and the dangers of inertia. 

★★★★ "A scorching piece of theatre: uncompromising, urgent and angry."
Financial Times

Belarus Free Theatre is an award-winning refugee-led theatre company in the U.K. and the only theatre in Europe banned by its own government on political grounds. Founded on principles of freedom of speech and artistic expression. Its focus is on social justice, taboo zones and violation of human rights across the globe, with an approach akin to investigative journalism. Their transnational campaigns and theatre educational programs encourage people to find their own voice within society and to develop a deeper engagement with social and political issues. 

Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors

Photo: Alex Brenner


Performed in Russian and Belarusian with English surtitles. Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes. 

Read a PDF of the program here.

Burning Doors is created in partnership with ArtReach as part of Journey Festival International 2016; Co-commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne. Developed at Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA). Burning Doors is generously supported by Arts Council England. 

Burning Doors is presented with funding from WESTAF’s TourWest program, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.



Watch Belarus Free Theatre in rehearsals for Burning Doors