Merry Xmas Miss Meadows Merry Christmas, Ms Meadows challenges the role of identity, gender and sexuality in the world today. Building on the company’s first-degree research, gender studies and observations from Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA, in areas where to be different is often comparable to a criminal act, Merry Christmas, Ms Meadows draws on real life stories to create an original and arresting piece of theatre. Age Guidance: 14+ Reviews: ‘This was, simply, one of the most jaw-dropping and admirable pieces of theatre that I have ever seen. Performing in Russian, the eight-strong cast of Belarus Free Theatre were awe-inspiring from start to finish, taking real life stories and translating them into some of the most theatrically pleasing work imaginable…This stunning and courageous production has got to be the highlight of my festival. Thank you Ms. Meadows. Your story has now been told with dignity, and for me it was as if all my Christmases had come at once.” Fringe Guru ‘Merry Christmas, Ms Meadows is activist theatre gone right. Belarus Free Theatre combine urgency and innovative production design in a play that is both a thing of beauty and a convincing argument that issues of gender and sexuality deserve our continued attention.’ The Skinny ‘Breathtaking moments of theatrical invention and beauty, movement and imagery.’ The Scotsman ‘Their ‘associative thinking’ style approach, rejecting the traditional norms of a linear narrative with an absolute message, is a freeing experience.’ Theatre Bubble ‘Theatrically and politically potent.’ What’s On Stage Credits: Merry Christmas. Ms Meadows Devised and performed by Belarus Free Theatre Performers, devisers and contributors: Viktoryia Biran Pavel Haradnitski Siarhei Kvachonak Dzianis Tarasenka Maryna Yurevich Yana Rusakevich Yuliya Shauchuk Svetlana Sugako Kiryl Kanstantsinau Andrei Urazau Maryia Sazonava Maryia Padziarei Director, Adapter, Deviser, Dramturg, Stage and Costume Design: Vladimir Shcherban Original translation: Yuri Kaliada English adaptation: Chris Thorpe Concept: Natalia Kaliada Stage Manager: Svetlana Sugako Assistant Director: Nadia Brodskaya Producer: Fenella Dawnay Executive Producers: Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin Running time: 90 mins Performed in Russian with English surtitles Originally developed at Dartington Hall with support from the Prince Claus Fund and Dartington Hall Trust. Researched with support from Amnesty International.