Director: Nikolai Khalezin
Music: Arkadiy Yushin
Sets and lighting design: Will Reynolds
Cast: Maria Sazonova, Yana Rusakevich, Maryna Yurevich, Kiryl Konstantinov
Time of Women (2014) is a play about women on the forefront of a movement for a democratic Belarus, women with an unflinching and unswerving dedication to the truth. One such is Irina Khalip, the PEN Pinter prize-winning journalist, arrested in Belarus for her coverage of Lukashenko’s regime and described by Sir Tom Stoppard as “the writer I wanted to be”. The journalist Natalya Radina was also imprisoned after the presidential elections of 2010. Amnesty International named her a prisoner of conscience and demanded her release, as did the Committee to Protect Journalists. Today, she lives in exile in Poland and continues to act as editor-in-chief of the Belarusian independent media portal Charter 97.
Time of Women was first performed on 19 December 2014, underground in Belarus. The UK premiere took place on 9 November 2015 at the Young Vic. Developed at Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA).
Performed in Russian with English and Czech surtitles
Duration of the performance: 1 hour 25 minutes, without an intermission