Burning Doors


Burning Doors is powerful theatre in solidarity with those who refuse to be silenced. Shining a light on the total suppression of artistic freedoms just a three-hour flight from London, the production illuminates the role of contemporary artists in dictatorial societies and examines what happens to people when they are declared enemies of the state simply for making art.

Through the lens of three artists - Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, Russian Actionist and political artist, Petr Pavlensky, and incarcerated Ukrainian film-maker, Oleg Sentsov - and drawing on their own experience as political refugees, BFT explore the psychological impact of imprisonment, exile and forced migration, casting their gaze towards the displacement of people due to political persecution and conflict arriving in Europe today.

“The astonishment of Burning Doors is its ability to translate political rage and impotence into an art of indirection that is often as complex as it is powerful” 

The New York Times, 17 October 2017

written and Directed by
Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada

stage debut by
Maria Maria Alyokhina, Pussy Riot
Performed by BFT Ensemble

Maria Alyokhina
Pavel Haradnitski
Siarhei Kvachonak
Kiryl Masheka
Maryia Sazonava
Stanislava Shablinskaya
Andrei Urazau
Maryna Yakubovich

Created in partnership with ArtReach as part of Journey Festival International 2016; Co-commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne. Developed at Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA). Burning Doors is generously supported by Arts Council England.

Performed in Russian/Belarussian with English subtitles