Shakespeare under the radar

When: Thursday 5 July, 7.00pm
Where: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT (Directions)
Tickets: £15 (£12 Members / Students) via Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare Under the Radar

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
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
Professor Tony Howard

The University of Warwick academic is 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

Rachael Jolley
Rachael Jolley

Journalist and editor of the Index on Censorship Magazine – Edited Staging Shakespearean Dissent edition

Zoe Lafferty
Zoe Lafferty

Theatre director and creative producer whose work focuses 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.

Samira Ahmed
Samira Ahmed

The chair of the panel is the award-winning journalist and broadcaster – Visiting professor of journalism at Kingston University, and presenter of Front Row on Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC1

When: Thursday 5 July, 7.00pm
Where: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT (Directions)
Tickets: £15 (£12 Members / Students) via Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare
ISSUE: VOLUME 45.01 SPRING 2016

Staging Shakespearean dissent

Plays that protest, provoke and slip by the censors

Index on Censorship marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 2016 by creating a special issue of our award-winning magazine, looking at how his plays have been used around the world to sneak past censors or take on the authorities – often without them realising. Our special report explores how different countries use different plays to tackle difficult themes.

Browse the issue

Reading list: Theatre and censorship

Index on Censorship magazine has compiled a reading list of articles from the magazine archives covering the censorship of theatre.

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