Being Harold

Adapted & Directed by Vladimir Scherban

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 6 Jan – 1 Feb 2009

    Sydney Festival & Company B in association with Q Theatre Company.

    The performance is based on plays of Harold Pinter.

    Mountain Language, One For The Road, The Homecoming, Old Times, Ashes to Ashes, The New World Order, Nobel Lecture of Harold Pinter, Letters of Belarusian political prisoners.

    The Belarus Free Theatre doesn’t officially exist. It sprang to life in 2005 in response to the authoritarian rule of President Alexander Lukashenko, who has viciously suppressed freedom of expression and political opposition.

    Company members have been evicted, beaten and arrested. To see them perform in Belarus you put your name on a secret list and wait for an SMS telling you a time and place on the city outskirts. Then you’re bussed to a makeshift theatre in a basement, a café, even a cemetery.

    Being Harold Pinter is wild, anarchic theatre at its purest. Extracts from Pinter’s plays and his Nobel Prize speech transform into a harrowing account of artistic and political repression in Europe’s last dictatorship. Funny and menacing, this is a powerful instance of life imitating art.

    In August 2007 the entire cast and audience were arrested mid-performance. Company B and the Sydney Festival were proud to give the Belarus Free Theatre a home for two weeks.


    Adapted & Directed by Vladimir Scherban
    Assistant Managers Irina YaroshevichMaryia Vavokhina
    Producers Natalia KoliadaNikolai Khalezin
    Lighting Realiser Stephen Hawker
    Lighting / AV Operator Holly Woollard
    Sound Operator Alex Manojlovic


    Nikolai Khalezin
    Pavel Gorodnitski
    Yana Rusakevich
    Oleg Sidorchik
    Hanna Solomianskaya
    Denis Tarasenko
    Marina Yurevich

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr


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