In the dark days of Soviet Russia, dissidents and intellectuals would meet in each other’s homes to talk, argue and dream about one thing – freedom. Their whispered conversations, which would have been deemed treasonous if held in public, were nicknamed the “Kitchen Revolution”.
The friction between public repression and private freedom frequently sparked moments of creative brilliance, and ultimately coalesced into the overthrow of the creaking Soviet system.
Decades later and a world away, many of us in the U.K are wondering how best to repair a society fragmented by divisions of wealth, race and religion, in an increasingly unstable political landscape.
At Belarus Free Theatre, we believe it’s to turn up the volume on the kitchen table whispers of the past: time for a new and more public Kitchen Revolution. This summer we’re hosting a series of events that recreate the heady atmosphere – and home cooking – of the Soviet-era kitchen, and we invite you to join us.
Responding to recent political events, our second evening will focus on human rights in Northern Ireland, looking at the progress of LGBTQI rights, the campaign for marriage equality, and the movement for abortion rights both north and south of the border, and the future of these rights in the UK in light of recent political developments.
Hosted at an undisclosed location by Belarus Free Theatre’s Artistic Directors Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, it will feature food for the soul – made to our home-cooked family recipes – as well as food for the mind.
Conversations will be provoked by representatives from Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A., a direct action feminist performance group best known for ‘knicker-bombing’ the then Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, and guided by Soviet-born British journalist, author and TV producer, Peter Pomerantsev. Diners will be more than just passive observers, but active participants in an invigorating evening of debate that will leave them energised and engaged.
It will be a true Kitchen Revolution with one important difference – those who attend won’t just want to talk about it the next day, they will be warmly encouraged to do so!