Belarus Free Theatre has always extended its reach far beyond theatre walls and 2020 is no exception. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve launched an online campaign LoveOverVirus with fairy-tales taking centre-stage on BFT’s YouTube channel:
Over the past decade, BFT has - through necessity - pioneered creating award-winning theatre at distance and will now share a raft of its theatrical highlights with audiences online at a time when more than a third of the world’s population is adapting to daily life under lockdown.
We've always been very grateful for the support of our audiences across the globe. If you are able to consider making a donation, it would be hugely appreciated:
Each evening at 6pm GMT throughout the months of April and May, members of BFT’s permanent ensemble will be joined by some of the company’s famous friends – including Will Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Boombox frontman Andrei Khlyvniuk, David Lan, Juliet Stevenson and Sam West – to read extracts of their favourite fairy-tales and short stories. Highlights from the line-up include:
31 March - Belarusian folk legends
performed in Belarusian by professor Andrej Kaliada
1 April - Dmitry Mamin-Sibiryak, "A Grey Neck"
performed in Russian by Sergey Kvachonok
2 April - Japanese folk tale, "Pear, up! Pear, down!"
performed in Russian by Andrey Urazov
3 April - Sergey Mikhalkov, "Feast of Disobedience"
performed in Russian by Yulia Shevchuk
4 April - Hans Christian Andersen, "The Snow Queen"
performed in Russian by Roman Shytsko
5 April - Rumpelstiltskin from The Blue Fairy Book
performed in English by Samuel West
6 April - Belarusian folk tale, "Oh And The Golden Snuffbox"
performed in Belarusian by Alaksiej Saprykin
7 April - Viktor Dragunski, "A Girl on The Ball"
performed in Russian by Nastasya Korablina
8 April - Hans Christian Andersen, "Thumbelina"
performed in Belarussian by Anastasiya Dubatouka
9 April - Dmitry Mamin-Sibiryak, "A Tale of Milk, Oatmeal and Gray Cat Murka"
performed in Russian by Stanislava Shablinskaya
15 April - Oscar Wilde, "The Selfish Giant"
performed in English by Stephen Fry
25 April - "Snow White" by Roald Dahl from Revolting Rhymeson
performed by Will Attenborough in English
5 May – "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" by Hans Christian Andersen
performed in English by Juliet Stevenson
15 May - David Lan
reading to be announced on @BFreeTheatre
For further details on #LoveOverVirus follow @BFreeTheatre