Thursday, 17 November 2016, 14:00 (refreshments from 13:30)
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3GA
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Join Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) for an afternoon celebrating new voices from Eastern Europe, including readings followed by prize-giving and a discussion inspired by Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize speech on the role of the playwright. Ceremonies will take place simultaneously in London, Minsk, Kiev and Moscow.
Mark Ravenhill, Belarus Free Theatre’s Nicolai Khalezin and Vladimir Shcherban direct readings of winning plays. After the prize-giving Ukrainian playwright Tatiana Kitsenko will join them to discuss the role of the playwright in contemporary society.
The International Contest of Contemporary Drama (ICCD) is open to submissions in Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian.
ICCD exists to give a voice to writers where there is little or no opportunity for them to be heard in their home countries. Contemporary playwrights are a vital force in these societies; they uncover worlds which are never discussed by journalists or politicians.
– Nicolai Khalezin, BFT Co-Founding Artistic Director
The 6 winning plays have been translated into English and will be published in a collection by Oberon Books to coincide with the ceremony.
Panel talk speakers
Natalia Kaliada, Co-Founding Artistic Director of Belarus Free Theatre
Nicolai Khalezin, Co-Founding Artistic Director of Belarus Free Theatre
Tatiana Kitsenko, Ukrainian journalist and playwright
Mark Ravenhill, British playwright and director
Vladimir Shcherban, Associate Director of Belarus Free Theatre
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