Produced and presented by The Cockpit in collaboration with PEN International.
Sunday 29 May, 7:30pm
PROPHETIC POEMS FOR THE PLANET
From Blake in 1791 to Bukhowski in 1991.
Poetry and Jazz performed by Peter Marinker, co-founder of Dissident Voices and maestro of the Oud, Yaz Fentazi
According to the Secretary of the UN, António Guterres, and the worldwide majority of climate scientists, Armageddon is already on its way. In the next three years, global temperature will have risen over the danger line of a 1.5°C increase. A lot of people baffled by mainstream and social media are looking the other way, just hoping someone will fix it. The disaster could be prevented, but climate crisis denial is being sponsored by many, very wealthy sources. Our Government is simply greenwashing. The opposition majority isn’t much better. As a Nobel prize-winning poet (guess who) wrote, LET US NOT TALK FALSELY NOW, THE HOUR IS GETTING LATE.
In Studio 1, and broadcast live on Zoom.
Past Dissident Voice events are available to watch below, On Demand.
NERO'S SECOND BURNING: the diaries of Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen and Etty Hillesum.
First performed and broadcast Sunday 20 February, 2022
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VOICES FROM THE NEW BELARUS
by Andrei Kureichik
Originally performed and broadcast in studio 1 on Saturday 27 November 2021.
Watch here, On Demand.
by Andrei Kureichik
English translation by Hon Freedman
August 2020. The streets of Minsk are teeming with protesters, as news gets out that the presidential elections have been rigged.
Thugs have been flown in from all over the ex Soviet Union, they're given free rein to do what they like to the protesters - terrorise, beat them to death, threaten gang rape.
A manicurist and a football hooligan meet in a prison van.
The President screams, "If you don't want Lugashenko, you'll get Putin!"
The woman standing against him asks of us all, "What are you willing to do for love?".
Andrei Kureichik wrote this play on the hoof, as events spread like wildfire in Belarus last summer. It's a damning indictment of a repressive regime, where rigged elections are a commonplace and violence is currency. The police lob grenades at the protesters, but they just keep on protesting...
First broadcast as a live stream on Saturday 26 March 2021.
Watch here, On Demand.
Oldster (Lugashenko): Peter Marinker
Youth (Lugashenko's teenage son, Kostya): Tom Cawte
Novice (Svetlana Tikhonovskaya): Polly Misch
Cheerful (Lena): Saffron Coomber
Avian (Roma): Dikran Tulaine
Corpse (Nikita): Sam Mac
Mentor (a teacher): Kristin Milward
Directors: Kristin Milward and Oliver Senton
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