Tom Stoppard presents… the Belarus Free Theatre and Charter 97

This is a cross-post from Index on Censorship

Harry’s place readers are invited to:

Sir Tom Stoppard presents… Belarus Free Theatre
7pm – 9pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

Banned in their native Belarus and renowned for staging uncensored performances underground, Belarus Free Theatre is a rare voice of dissent in Europe’s last dictatorship.

On Tuesday 13 July, Sir Tom Stoppard will introduce Natalia Koliada, Nikolai Khalezin, and Vladimir Shcherban – directors of Belarus Free Theatre – and leading opposition figure Charter 97’s Andrei Sannikov.

The theatre company’s most recent London performances won widespread acclaim, but their fight for freedom and democracy continues as the situation worsens in Belarus. On 1 July, President Lukashenko brought in restrictive new internet laws intended to criminalise human rights and political activists who use the internet to organise opposition to the regime.

At the event, Index on Censorship will launch a campaign to draw attention to the state of free expression in Belarus. During the event we will ask you to give a 60-second message of support to the people of Belarus, which will be filmed and placed online.

7pm – 9pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

RSVP: bookings@freewordonline.com 0207 324 2570

Reviews for the Belarus Free Theatre company:

‘This dazzling production… shows a spiritual resilience that makes dictatorship look even more inflexible and absurd.’
The Guardian *****

‘As gripping and accomplished a piece of theatre as you’ll find in London this year… this is world class theatre, built on the raw guts of experience’
The Telegraph *****