Burning Doors. It is about persecuted artists, living under dictatorship, who will not be silenced. Drawn from the real-life stories of Russian performance artist Petr Pavlensky, incarcerated Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, who makes her stage debut.
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Why BFT is making Burning Doors?
During the first two years of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, almost every day for the first year we were asked the same question by our friends in the UK: What is happening there in reality?
In the first year, we answered with detailed information as we knew it. We were following daily events very closely as we have a large number of friends there, fighting for the freedom of Ukraine. Last year we realised that people in the UK had stopped asking the question, perhaps had become less interested, even though the war is still going on…
It was then that we knew we had to address the issue on stage, where our voices can be louder and reach more people. Around the same time we got news that the Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov and Russian artist Petr Pavlensky had been imprisoned… We knew then that we had to make Burning Doors.
Even during our first week of rehearsals we received horrific news from Kiev that our friend, Pavel Sheremet, a famous Belarusian journalist was killed by a car bomb. He was killed for looking for the truth about a real situation in a geopolitical knot that is not only dangerous for its own people, but for the wider world. Our show is not a simple theatre show, it is real life.
On Saturday, 24 September there will be a post-show talk. Read more here.