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The Morning After – Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker

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Sometimes, the best part of seeing a show is the conversation it sparks. Our series of ‘morning after’ breakfast events invites you to join a selection of writers, critics and arts lovers to dissect selected Melbourne Festival shows, sharing views on what worked, what didn’t – and why.

Each Morning After session will pair one or more of our creative writers with established critics to talk about what they’ve seen.

In this session, we talk about Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker, an urgent broadside on life in Belarus’s capital: a place where sexuality is twisted by oppression, and strip clubs, underground raves and gay pride parades pulse beneath the city’s surface. Minsk, 2011 is undaunted protest turned heart-wrenching confessional, produced by a theatre company in exile, banned from performing in its heartland.

Listen to the podcast (mp3 –25.2mb / 52:54).

Read our writers’ reviews and join the discussion around Minsk, 2011 on this website.

Featuring

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011. He has hosted Blueprint for Living (2015... Read more

Cameron Woodhead

Cameron Woodhead is a senior theatre critic for the Age and is a prolific reviewer of performing arts in Australia. At the age of 18, Cameron Woodhead wrote his first book reviews for the Age and Australian. Over 15 years as a freelance arts journalist and critic, he has contributed to a wide range ... Read more

Amanda Lohrey

Amanda Lohrey is the author of several acclaimed novels, including the award-winning Camille’s Bread, as well as Vertigo, The Philosopher’s Doll and The Morality of Gentlemen. She has also written two Quarterly Essays, Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. Reading Madame Bovary, her first collection... Read more

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko is a Goorie writer whose work celebrates Aboriginal people and others living around the margins of the First World. Her latest novel, Too Much Lip, won the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance. Her novel Mullumbi... Read more

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The Moat

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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