Belarus Free Theatre
From one of the world’s bravest theatre companies comes a visceral, psychological drama set in the near future, depicting a dystopian super-state in which individual rights have given way to control.
In 2049, a murder investigation sets a man on a quest, his search bringing him to former Belarus and Russia, now a European territory ruled by a secret service. But his journey becomes less about the regime’s origins, more a revelation about his own role in its creation. Based on Alhierd Bacharevic’s novel, Dogs of Europe
is both an epic fantasy and political thriller about the dangers of looking away when authoritarianism takes root.
Exiled from their native country, the co-founders of Belarus Free Theatre are political refugees who make underground work that plays to courageous audiences in secret locations across Minsk. Everyone involved is under risk of arrest. Rehearsing from London and via Skype, the company is known for its physical theatrical style. Having lived in democracies and a dictatorship, this show is especially prescient.
2 hours 40 mins, including an interval
Age guidance 16+ (contains strong violence, nudity and sexual content.)
Presented and co-commissioned by the Barbican. Produced by Belarus Free Theatre with support from the Goethe-Institut's International Co-Production Fund, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation and the H H Wingate Foundation.