Belarus Free Theatre is a theatre company in exile. Founders Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, are 'enemies of the state' in Belarus. Receiving asylum in the UK, they continue to create theatre and art around the world. Known for physicality and intensity, they remain focussed on the importance of action against injustice.

In 2018, Nicolai and Natalia bring two powerfully political works to the Malthouse Theatre: Generation Jeans and Trustees.

During the reign of the Soviet Union, Belarusians were prohibited from wearing jeans or listening to rock music. Two decades after the Union’s collapse, buying or selling these rare tokens of the ‘free world’ can still get you arrested.

Nicolai Khalezin gives a candid account of his own experience of incarceration and young love, illustrating how denim became a symbol of freedom under repression. With a soundtrack by DJ Laurel, Generation Jeans is a vivid insight into modern life in Europe’s last dictatorship.

"A bittersweet, heartwarming coming of age story laced with humour and irony"
— American Theatre

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

A Malthouse Theatre and Monash University Academy of Performing Arts production.

Images: Jan Boeve 

Partners

BY /

Nicolai Khalezin, with the participation of Natalia Kaliada

DIRECTED & PERFORMED BY /

Nicolai Khalezin

MUSIC BY /

DJ Laurel (Lavr Berzhanin)

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Location

Beckett Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION /

90 minutes (no interval)

WARNINGS /

Contains strong language, adult themes and references to violence.