Mark Thomas, Omid Djalili, Phill Jupitus, Isy Suttie and Imran Yusef – A Benefit Night For Belarus Free Theatre

Political activist and comedian, Mark Thomas, is bringing together an excellent line-up of comics for yet another great cause. Mark will be joined by Omid Djalili, Phill Jupitus, Isy Suttie and Imran Yusef at London’s Comedy Store on the Spring bank holiday, Monday 27th May, for a benefit to help raise funds for Belarus Free Theatre.

Belarus has the last remaining dictatorship in Europe and the Belarus Free Theatre was founded in March 2005 by Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin. Their performances are often done in secret and are subject to targeting and censorship by the authorities. They sought political asylum in the UK in 2011 and created a new part of the company in London. They continue their work with the permanent ensemble left behind in Minsk, who perform and tour around the world as Belarus Free Theatre. The funds raised from this evening will help the company in their work.

Belarus Free Theatre creates unique theatre because of its innovative approach to urgent and challenging social and political issues. It is impossible for any other company to perform the plays devised and produced by the company as the essence of their work is born out of their personal experiences and research. They have performed in over 42 countries around the world and is recognised for its unique role in theatre as well as for its denial of the narrow options offered to it by a contemporary world. Its trustees include Michael Attenborough, Jude Law and Samuel West.

VENUE: The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE
DATE: Monday 27th May
TIME: 8pm
BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 7699 / www.thecomedystore.co.uk

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