Sochi 2014

Tess Berry-Hart

FULLfust Theatre

Pleasance Courtyard

From 01 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

Rating: ***

Review by Catherine Lamm

Sochi 2014 is the current FULLfuse Theatre response to the homophobia in Russia in evidence during the Olympic games in Sochi.

Very much in the style of The Exonerated and Julian Beck and the Living Theatre from 1947 to 1964 and Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty before that, this is a dead serious attempt to address the homophobic attitude of the Russians in general and Vladimir Putin specifically. Of course, it doesn't end there.

Sochi 2014, its author and performers get high marks for getting involved and rattling cages if not sabres. They give us rapid-fire snaps of the day to day lives of some of Russia's gays. And of course this washes over to other countries and to other phobias.

The ongoing battle that these five are igniting includes Stonehenge, Matthew Sheppard and, wider reaching, the blacks of Montgomery, Red hunt of the McCarthy era, the Holocaust and the countless others who have suffered or fallen due to immeasurable prejudices and intolerance for years, decades, centuries.

This is political theatre which engages if not entertains. Not for the faint of heart. Lest we forget.