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Adelaide Fringe '19 Review: Pussy Riot: Riot Days

RAD LIFE

Adelaide Fringe '19 Review: Pussy Riot: Riot Days

Chelsea Griffith

On March 3, 2012, Masha Alyokhina was arrested for ‘hooliganism’ after protesting in a Moscow church. Riot Days details this protest, and the 21 month sentence that followed for Masha; highlighting the cruelty, corruption and corroboration between church and state, in a nation that claims to be secular.

Source: adelaidefringe.com.au

Source: adelaidefringe.com.au

Pussy Riot uses punk music, physicality and video in a multi-sensory, visceral storytelling experience. Amongst the anger that band members spray, you’ll find small, intimate moments of heartbreak as band members mourn the state of the country they love.

The story told orally in the performers’ mother tongue is translated through subtitles that appear on the footage projected on the backdrop. The words tell us that despite how dire things have become in Russia, Pussy Riot feels the responsibility to fight for freedom and affect the course of history.

We Australians may look upon the show and feel sympathy, wondering what it must be like to feel bound by such a horrendous regime. Until lights come up over the audience, illuminating us with a spotlight brighter than that which the performers are under; and Masha asks us if we, ourselves, are free.

Catch Pussy Riot on Sunday the 3rd of March in The Attic at RCC, or on Thursday the 7th of March on the Maths Lawns at RCC alongside Yothu Yindi.