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In the Thrice Ninth Kingdom

The Tristan Bates Theatre

February 10, 2014,


World Premier at the Tristan Bates Theatre
Mon 10th Feb – Sat 15th Feb 2014

As world leaders boycott the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, a new play ingeniously dramatises the increasing levels of violence and persecution suffered by LGBT people in Putin’s Russia.

In the Thrice Ninth Kingdom follows stories in Russia and London that are linked by one shocking and graphically portrayed incident - in Russia a man is locked up and abused because of his sexuality and for speaking out about injustice.  In London the consequences of this abuse lead to a desperate claim for asylum.  A group of disparate individuals fight for what they believe to be right– however what some see as justified measures, others see as savage acts.

The Kaleidoscope Trust is supporting the production of this important new play and will be hosting a panel discussion following the performance on Thursday the 13th of February.

Panelists include: -


Paul Henley – BBC Journalist: specialist in European news for radio and TV for the past 15 years; including a series of reports for World Service Radio

Alistair Stewart – Assistant Director, The Kaleidoscope Trust

Edwin Sesange – Prominent Ugandan LGBTI Rights Advocate

Michael Yale – Writer/Director 'In the Thrice Ninth Kingdom'

In 2013 Russia passed a new law banning 'propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations amongst minors', essentially banning the promotion of LGBT rights. In a poll, 88% of Russians agreed with the ban. Russia is not alone: in over 78 countries lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people risk imprisonment, attack or even death. In these countries, more than half of them in the Commonwealth, laws exist that can be used to prosecute people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

From 7th February this year the world’s eyes will be drawn to Russia, and the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.  The spotlight will fall once again on their controversial attitudes towards the LGBT community.

Challenging and uncompromising, In the Thrice Ninth Kingdom is unafraid to ask questions about how we as individuals and as a society deal with persecuted minorities. The play provocatively explores the complexities of dealing with individual rights.

Venue / Ticket Information

Tickets are available now from the Tristan Bates Theatre.


Performances from 7.30pm, 10th - 15th February


Panel discussion after the performance on the 13th of February