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Presenting a breakthrough immersive theatre production to remind us what is worth fighting for
Presenting a breakthrough immersive theatre production to remind us what is worth fighting for
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Hi, it's me, Nadya from Pussy Riot.

This is important: I’m asking for your support in an exciting new project. Pussy Riot, together with the award-winning, London-based theatre company Les Enfants Terribles, is working on a breakthrough immersive theatre project that will open in London this November.

This wild theatrical experience will allow the audience to become a participant, experiencing exactly what Pussy Riot went through during our imprisonment - from the original Church performance, to the court trial and prison cells. We're going to recreate Russian courtrooms, a real Russian labour colony, solitary confinement cells, priests who shout about banning abortions and many more absurd, but real-life things that exist in Russia today.

The audience will actually get the chance to re-live each one of these experiences themselves, learning what it means to be a political opponent in Russia today. We’ll take you on a journey from the cathedral altar deep into the vaults of the Kremlin itself. Hopefully, this is a journey that you’ll only have to make once in your life.

We're hoping that this production will be funded by regular people from around the world who are excited about the idea of political immersive theatre, and we need your help! In order to ensure its launch we need to pre-fund this high-tech production - and fast. All the money raised will be spent on renting the space, the set design, employing actors and staff for the show’s 6-week run and making those rooms in London look exactly like solitary confinement cells in the Russian prison I did my time in.

This is an important project that has immense educational value, especially given the trying times in which we are living and an increasingly scary political world order. If we do it right, the production is set to be mind-blowing.

We only have four weeks, let’s do this!

Pussy Riot stickers
Pussy Riot stickers
The Connor Brothers print
The Connor Brothers print

 

The BEAUTIFUL T-shirt
The BEAUTIFUL T-shirt

 

REVOLUTION series print by Amanita
REVOLUTION series print by Amanita

 

 

Pussy Riot T-Shirt
Pussy Riot T-Shirt

 

Russian Alphabet Colouring Book
Russian Alphabet Colouring Book

 

                             
Pussy Riot print by Jonas Akerlund
Pussy Riot print by Jonas Akerlund

 

Original Pussy Riot print
Original Pussy Riot print

 

Print by Amanita (click for more information)
Print by Amanita (click for more information)

 

The creators of the show from Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company have this to say about the project:  

"Creating an immersive and detailed world is an inherently expensive proposition but something we believe is important in order to truly transport audiences into a realistic environment that fully serves the Pussy Riot story. Now is a perfect time to remind audiences what actually happened and how one’s basic human rights and freedom of expression can be taken away at any point."

Les Enfants Terribles Theatre company are an award-winning London based company known for their innovative productions that vividly bring exciting worlds to audiences all around the world. Their focus on immersive shows brought to us such successful shows as "Alice's Adventures Underground", "Dinner at the Twits" and "The Games Afoot".

Producer of the show, Alexandrina Markvo, explains the inspiration behind the project as follows: 

"Our goal is not just to create a breakthrough piece of theatre, but to develop something that can promote the cause of human rights protection, educate people about the problems in Russian legal and judicial processes and give audiences an idea of how fragile our seemingly safe society actually is." 

Creative director Alexandrina Markvo founded the London-based company Bird&Carrot, which specialises in theatre, music and visual arts. B&C works on a wide spectrum of artistic projects involving not only world-famous performers, but also those who are just starting out on their creative journeys. What the company values above all is freedom of creative expression. Markvo's previous production credits include Brodsky/Baryshnikov at the Apollo Theatre in 2017, Boris Grebenschikov concerts at the Royal Geographical Society, Zemfira at the V&A in 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We’re going to be 100% honest.

Our biggest risk is that the show will not happen if we fail to achieve our funding goal. This is a genuine possibility - it’s hard to convince people that they should sponsor theatre - which is why we need as much help as we can get! So please, if you are not able to pledge money towards the project, share this page with your family, friends and instagram followers.

Please scroll down for a more detailed Q&A, answering questions about costs and the production itself.

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Q: Why do you need this amount of money? What is it going to be spent on?

A: In order to make an impact and to powerfully draw the spectator into the action, immersive theatre is usually a very high tech, high cost production. Just take a look at this trailer for Les Enfants Terribles' current show: https://www.youtube.com/watch…

Funds will go towards the intricate set design, costumes, necessary licenses, lighting and special effects, virtual reality technology and other technologies used in immersive theatre.

So that more people get the chance to see and learn from our production we are aiming to secure the show at the venue for a 6-week run. This entails the longer employment of actors, technicians and other staff: employing people at proper rates is very important to us. On top of this, we are renting the space for a longer period of time.

The more money we can raise, the better and more exciting the production will be!

Q: Why don't you just give the money raised to political NGOs working in Russia? Surely this is a better use of the money?

A: We already run an NGO, Zona Prava http://zonaprava.com/en/ - an advocacy group which is entirely dedicated to raising awareness about the prison system and prisoners in Russian today. We also run our own media organisation, Media Zona, https://zona.media/ . I guess most of you reading this won't have heard of these organisations or the work that they do - and that's the point. We want to educate more people about the harsh realities facing Russians today (as well as other prisoners across the world), realities that given the current world political order could potentially spread to the West itself very soon. Freedom of speech is a luxury — we need to powerfully and tangibly remind people of that in a way that they are not used to.

Q: What happens if you don't raise the money?

A: If we don't reach our £60,000 goal we won't see a single penny. Backers credit cards will never be charged - this only happens once a campaign is successful. This is why we need you to share this page and encourage your friends and family to pledge some money so that we can see this ambitious, exciting project become a reality. It would be such a great shame if this theatrical collaboration was not realised and we truly believe that people would miss out on a unique and groundbreaking experience.

Q: Will Pussy Riot themselves be performing in the show?

A: Yes, Nadya will be performing in a selection of shows.

Q. Is the production suitable for children?

Yes, definitely - however, we would recommend that the production is suitable for children of 11-12 and older. We actively encourage kids to participate. We are hoping to organise school visits and to provide educational packs and brochures. The pack will include details about the most famous cases of prisoner abuse in different countries.

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    PRISON BREAK

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    RIOT CITY

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