Welcome to the Capital Punishment Café!  Our chef’s specials today include electrocution, hanging and lethal injection. And save some room for dessert, because we’ve got firing squad and stoning. Can I take your order?


Belarus Free Theatre serve up food, music, dance and Shakespeare as they share true stories from inmates, executioners, human rights lawyers and families of the executed. 

This provocative and urgent show pierces the imagination with moments of the darkest humour as it challenges capital punishment in our contemporary world, where 36 countries still carry out the death penalty. 


WINNER! Impatto Totale Award (Edinburgh Festival 2013)

Voted in Top Ten of shows to see at the Edinburg Fringe Festival 2013 by The Scotsman


Age Guidance: 14+



‘This show combines everything that made BFT great, adds some new spice, and whirls it into a stew that already has London humming, and should make a resounding splash in Edinburgh as well. An unequivocal recommendation.’ ★★★★★ One Stop Arts

‘Powerful… Bold… Chilling. Once again, Belarus Free Theatre prove their capacity to stir our consciences through their sensuous theatricality.’ ★★★★ The Guardian

‘What Belarus Free Theatre does so well, in fact, is…transform the documentary evidence into spellbinding theatrical imagery.’ ★★★★The Independent

‘Its mixture of righteous anger and at times inspired theatrical imagination make ‘Trash Cuisine an urgent and unforgettable experience.’ ★★★★ The Telegraph

‘Exceptional… Go and have a good night out… Achieves the rare, and today, unfashionable, distinction of combining dissident fury with exceptional theatrical imagery and eloquence. ★★★★ Whats On Stage


Tweets from our audience …

the MolinoGroup‏@molinogroup7 Jun: “#TrashCuisine by  @BFreeTheatre is a masterclass in powerful political theatre. Something to aspire to, theatre really can make change.”

Emily LeQuesne‏@EmilyLeQuesne31 May: “@BFreeTheatre @youngvictheatre #Trashcuisine.Saw in Bristol.Such powerful theatre it made me physically shake. “

BeFrank Theatre Co‏@BeFrankTheatre6 Jun: “How do you communicate #humanrights through theatre? This is how: #TrashCuisine by@BFreeTheatre @youngvictheatre – amazing work!”



Based on true stories

Devised and performed by Belarus Free Theatre


Written by Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada

Additional Contributions by Stephanie Pan, Nastassia Shcherbak, Aleh Sidorchyk, Clive Stafford Smith and Philippe Spall

Directed by Nicolai Khalezin


Performers, Devisers and Contributors:

Victoria Biran

Kiryl Kanstantsinau

Siarhei Kvachonak

Esther Mugambi

Stephanie Pan

Pavel Haradnitski

Maryia Sazonava

Philippe Spall

Arkadiy Yushin


Original cast included: Aleh Sidorchyk and Nastassia Shcherbak


Concept, Co-movement Direction, Stage and Costume Design: Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada

Composer and Musician: Arkadiy Yushin

Choreographer and Rehearsal Director: Bridget Fiske

Additional Music: Stephanie Pan

Set Designer: Yuri Kaliada

Lighting Designer: Andrew Crofts

Translator in Development: Olga Moskaleva

Stage Manager: Svetlana Sugako

Assistant Director: Nadia Brodskaya

Original Producer and Researcher: Fenella Dawnay

Executive Producers: Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes


Performed in English


Co-produced in London with the Young Vic, supported by LIFT.


Researched with support from Amnesty International.  Commissioned, originally developed and presented on 5 October 2011 at Stadsshouwberg, Amsterdam co-produced by the European Cultural Foundation as part of ECF’s Imagining Europe Festival.


The 2013 UK performances were supported by Network for Social Change, The Attenborough Charitable Trust, The Kevin Spacey Foundation, Pleasance Theatre Trust, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, AKA International Entertainment Marketing Agency, The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, Oak Foundation, The Monument Trust and all the generous supporters who donated via Sponsume.

2015 U.S premiere presented by La MaMa. 


Trash Cuisine features quotes from the following plays by William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar and Richard III.


Trash Cuisine won the “Total Impact Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013, assigned by the Italian Cultural Institute