“Bringing Back the Essential Meaning of the Theatre”: Harold Pinter and the Belarus Free Theatre

Authors

  • Andrea Peghinelli Sapienza University of Rome

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.9.1.87-96

Keywords:

Belarus Free Theatre, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard

Abstract

The Belarus Free Theatre was founded in 2005 by Belarusian playwright and journalist Nikolai Khalezin and theatre producer Natalia Koliada. It is a dissident company which opposes the totalitarian regime of Lukashenko; therefore, in Belarus it must work underground. In 2005 the Belarus Free Theatre invited Tom Stoppard to Minsk. During his visit he warmly suggested that they stage Pinter’s plays: “It seems to me it’s yours.” After working on Pinter’s plays, they eventually came up with an original production: Being Harold Pinter.

In my essay I delineate how, in Being Harold Pinter, Pinter’s works are shown under the reinvigorating new light of an urgent political theatre. I also discuss how the Belarus Free Theatre found a symbolic, essential and critical artistic language by which, “they are bringing back the essence meaning of the theatre,” as Pinter remarked.

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Published

01.06.2012

How to Cite

Peghinelli, A. (2012). “Bringing Back the Essential Meaning of the Theatre”: Harold Pinter and the Belarus Free Theatre. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 9(1), 87–96. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.9.1.87-96