Our workshops focus on sharing and exploring personal stories. They engage critical thinking, broaden worldviews, and amplify and encourage voices through exciting and underground theatre. They are designed for young people ages 14+ at secondary schools, youth/community groups, colleges, and universities and can be tailored to support your learning objectives and the specific needs of your group.
Work can be delivered online or in-person as two-hour, half or full day sessions:
After-school/evening (2 hours) - £175
Half day (4 hours) - £300
Full day (6 hours) - £450
An opportunity to experience how the BFT ensemble creates new theatrical material using personal stories and physical theatre techniques
An introduction to BFT’s approach to devising artistic stunts and campaigns that raise awareness of some of today’s most urgent global issues
BFT offers in-depth 6-10 week projects or residencies for groups who want to devise an original performance, or receive training on all aspects of BFT’s work including: civil society management, arts-based activism, theatre production and performance, and citizen-led journalism.
Residencies can be supported by BFT’s Minsk-based ensemble and Studio Fortinbras teaching staff
“One of the bravest and most inspired underground troupes on the planet” The New York Times
For the past fifteen years, Belarus Free Theatre has pioneered a global model of activism that unites artistic, geopolitical, environmental and human rights concerns, using theatre to build a movement for democracy, human rights and artistic freedoms.
Founded in 2005 in Minsk under Europe's last surviving dictatorship, and banned by its own government on political grounds, BFT’s leadership and permanent ensemble are uniquely equipped with first-hand experience of the myriad threats facing democracy today.
Co-founding Artistic Directors, Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, lead on high-level political advocacy and investigative journalism from the UK whilst BFT’s 12-strong permanent ensemble deliver citizen-facing work around cultural resistance through performances, campaigns and education programmes on the ground in Minsk.
We had hoped to share more details with you about BFT's campaigns, upcoming productions and our remarkable and indefatigable permanent ensemble but cannot do so at the current time without putting those in Minsk in greater danger.
You can support our brave artivists and educators here. Particularly at the current time, your donations are a lifeline for BFT.
We will be announcing workshops held in the UK and online so please check our Education section.