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.