On Monday afternoon, staff from the Almeida Theatre, the Young Vic, Old Vic, Belarus Free Theatre and a host of British and Belarussian artists gathered outside the offices of Grayling PR to join in with the March for Belarus. With banners in hand, bearing the faces of those who have been unjustly locked up by Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko, we made our way down to the houses of Parliament for a performance by Belarus Free Theatre, and their avid supporter Jude Law.
The afternoon was inspirational to say the least with talks given by Natalia Koliada, Kevin Spacey, Jude Law and Sir Tom Stoppard.
Kevin Spacey “Whenever there has been protest or revolt or revolution, it is the artists, it is the playwrights, the poets, the actors, the intellectuals who are jailed and silenced and why? Because even dictators know that it is the artists who can best speak to a nation’s hopes and dreams and future. It is the artists. So we march today for the artists.”
We are now even more excited about the Almeida Festival this summer, where Belarus Free Theatre will be presenting their innovative and hard-hitting work. Find out more about how you can get behind the campaign to Free Belarus at http://www.freebelarusnow.org/en/home.