Sep 21, 2024
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Oct 13, 2024

KS6: Small Forward

Belarus Free Theatre Production
Directed by Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada
Performed by: Katsiaryna Snytsina, Blanka Barbara (on-stage DJ), Darya Andreyanova, Mikalai Kuprych, and Raman Shytsko

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From the Olivier Award-nominated Belarus Free Theatre, one of the world’s bravest theatre companies, KS6: Small Forward is a brand new stage production based on the extraordinary life story of Belarusian international-basketball-player-turned-activist, Katsiaryna (Katya) Snytsina. 

Theatre turbocharged with the electrifying energy of a basketball match, KS6: Small Forward invites audiences into Katya’s world as she traces the stratospheric highs and crushing lows of twenty years on the court, until dramatic events in her homeland in 2020 set her on a new path as an activist on the international stage. 

Performing alongside clubland’s rising star, DJ Blanka Barbara, Katya will get audiences bouncing to the beats of this soul-shaking duologue about smashing world records, proudly celebrating your sexuality, standing up to dictators, and above all, being fearlessly true to yourself. 

Belarus Free Theatre Production
Directed by Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada
Set design by Nicolai Khalezin
Lighting design by Peter Small 
Video design by Dmytro Guk
Choreography by Joseph Toonga
Sound design and original music by DJ Blanka Barbara
Performed by: Katsiaryna Snytsina, Blanka Barbara (on-stage DJ), Darya Andreyanova, Mikalai Kuprych, and Raman Shytsko

Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) is the only theatre in Europe banned by its government on political grounds, described by The New York Times as, “one of the bravest and most inspired underground troupes on the planet”. Over the past nineteen years, BFT has originated some of the world’s most provocative and breathtakingly physical theatre – more than 50 productions performed in more than 40 countries around the world. BFT’s stage productions have consistently challenged dictatorships, signalled the erosion of democratic rights and freedoms, and called for accountability on the world stage. Awards include: a Drama Desk nomination for Being Harold Pinter (2011), OBIE win for Discover Love / Being Harold Pinter / Zone of Silence (2011); and an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Opera(2024). In June 2023, Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, BFT’s co-founding Artistic Directors, were awarded the MBE for Services to Theatre in the King’s Birthday Honours. 

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