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Sochi 2014 (FULLfuse Theatre / The King’s Head Theatre)

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014

In the build up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, an international spotlight was briefly focused on the oppression of the LGBT community in Russia, only to fade as the Olympic torch moved away. This powerful piece of testimonial theatre, however, turns that light firmly back on. Simply staged but deeply researched, ‘Sochi 2014’ gives a chilling insight into the discrimination and shocking brutality suffered by Russia’s homosexuals, as five actors give voice to victims denied the chance to speak themselves. Based on verbatim testimonies, the piece combines moments of gut-wrenching emotional power with challenging political commentary, and in showing the different attitudes LGBT Russians have towards their situation, has an unexpected and thought-provoking complexity. Compelling, intelligent theatre.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 21 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Sarah Richardson]