Pussy Riot, the infamous feminist protest punk group known for staging stunts in their home of Russia hit the headlines when two of their members ending up imprisoned as a result.

Their protest in an orthodox church named a ‘Punk Prayer’ was to highlight their opposition to Putin’s regime and his vision of his country, landed three of their members with two-year jail sentences for which they served 21 months.

This is the first time a Pussy Riot member has gone on tour to tell their story and the show is a mix of theatre, documentary footage, storytelling and gig features Maria Alyokhina who was convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” back in 2012.

Also performing are Kyril Masheka, Nastya (former leader of Pussy Riot when the girls were imprisoned) and Max of the music duo AWOTT (Asian Women On The Telephone).

The show Riot Days is based on the book of the same name written by Maria which was released in September. It’s Maria who is up front conveying most of the dialogue re-telling her story as the audience watch the documentary footage in the background and the others sing, dance and re-enact events to a high-octane soundtrack of electronic tunes. Their iconic balaclavas make an appearance and it’s hard to take your eyes of the stage for fear of missing anything and the unpredictability of what will come next.

It’s a portrayal of the events which lead to Maria and the other Pussy Riot member’s imprisonment and their experiences of jail and torture they endured for braving to speak out. Told at an incredible pace in a powerful, hard-hitting and touching manner, Maria emerges defiant and doesn’t appear to bear any scars from that time although you do wonder if deep down there are some. The show is disturbing and exhilarating allowing the audience to explore the lives of those who stand up for their beliefs whatever the cost.

The piece was directed by leading Russian director Yury Muravitsky and is a collaboration with music producer Alexander Cheparukhin. Riot Days is out now on Penguin Books.