Time of Women
Belarus Free Theatre
First performed underground in Belarus in 2014, Time of Women explores the role of women in the movement for a democratic Belarus through the stories of three real-life political prisoners: Iryna Khalip, the PEN Pinter prize-winning journalist, described by Sir Tom Stoppard as, “the writer I wanted to be”; editor of the pro-human rights news site Charter 97, Natalya Radina; and political activist Nasta Palazhanka.
All three were imprisoned at the time of the fraudulent Belarusian presidential elections of 2010 after which there were huge protests, mass censorship, arrests and raids. “Time of Women celebrates their refusal to be silenced, reminding us that when freedoms are curtailed, survival always comes at a price.” (The Guardian)
Time of Women was first performed on 19 December 2014, underground in Belarus. UK premiere: 9 November 2015 at the Young Vic as part of Staging a Revolution. Developed at Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA).
Written by Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada
Directed by Nicolai Khalezin