Malthouse Theatre today announced that the season of Belarus Free Theatre’s Generation Jeans, originally scheduled for 9-11 August at the Beckett Theatre, has been extended to 18 August due to popular demand. The production is also at Monash University, Alexander Theatre from 6—8 August.
While in Melbourne, Belarus Free Theatre will also work with featuring five Australian performers – Tammy Anderson, Natasha Herbert, Niharika Senapati, Hazem Shammas, Daniel Schlusser – to create Trustees. An explosive new work interrogating the Great Australian Silence, Trustees is co-commissioned and co-presented by Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival, and will play at Malthouse from 28 September – 21 October as part of the 2018 Melbourne Festival program.
Belarus Free Theatre is the only theatre of its kind in Europe. Founded in 2005 by husband and wife team Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada, it consists of 25 members and nine students who use theatre as an artistic means to resist political censorship and pressure from the government.
Seeking political asylum in the UK in 2011, Belarus Free Theatre is banned in its native country–company members have served time in prison, lost their jobs, gone into hiding or been exiled. Despite suffering every form of intimidation and harassment, the company continues to produce internationally-recognised theatre, attracting rave reviews and prestigious awards from London to New York.
Monash University, Alexander Theatre, 6—8 August
Malthouse Theatre, Beckett Theatre, 9—18 August