Thursday 5 July, 7.00pm
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
|Tickets£15 (£12 Members / Students)||Running time1 hour 30 minutes|
‘Have you heard the argument? Is there no offence in ’t?’
Hamlet, Act III, Scene 2
Celebrate daring artists who stage Shakespeare expressly to challenge political authority.
Shakespeare’s texts have been used time and again to bypass censorship and challenge authority. This panel discussion celebrates the daring of radical theatre makers across the world, who have performed Shakespeare and created work expressly for the purpose of holding ‘the mirror up to nature’ and challenging political landscapes.
There will also be the opportunity to put your questions to the panel on the night #JoinTheDebate
Memet Ali Alabora
Director and actor in Mi Minor – This experimental theatre production accused by government officials and pro-government media of being the ‘rehearsal’ for the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Istanbul. The resulting campaign forced him and the creative team to leave the country
Professor Tony Howard
University of Warwick – Writer of three drama-documentaries on the history of multicultural Shakespearean acting in Britain and America. Howard’s Ira Aldridge documentary was given a reading in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2017
Journalist and editor of the Index on Censorship Magazine – Edited Staging Shakespearean Dissent edition
Theatre director and creative producer whose work focusses on uncovering stories from within situations that are hard to access due to conflict, occupation and censorship. She has worked in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, Palestine, Lebanon, Haiti, Syria and the UK.
Chair: Samira Ahmed
Award winning journalist and broadcaster – Visiting professor of journalism at Kingston University, and presenter of Front Row on Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC1