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The Barbican Centre
Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom
British theatre producer David Cecil brought worldwide attention to Uganda’s homophobic criminal code after he was arrested and charged for producing a “pro-gay” play in the country. He was eventually expelled from Uganda, but continues to challenge both his deportation and the censorious and homophobic law that led to it.
Lucien Bourjeily openly confronted the Lebanese censorship bureau by writing a play – “Would It Pass Or Not?” – about censorship in Lebanon. The play was banned, exposing the farcical sensitivity of the censors and forcing them to justify their actions in public.
Award Winner Mayam Mahmoud
Hijab wearing Egyptian rapper Mayam Mahmoud uses hip-hop to address issues such as sexual harassment and to stand up for women’s rights in the country that, after the hope of Tahrir Square, is slipping back into authoritarianism. According to a recent UN survey, 99.3% of women reported being sexually harassed.
Writer and Playwright
Arikan is a Turkish writer who’s been writing on women and censorship, challenging the social taboos of patriarchal systems of control for years. Her latest play ‘Mi Minor‘ played in Istanbul from Dec 2012 to April 2013 and excelled not only in its challenge to the archaic patriarchal governance but also in its breath-taking fusion of live performance and interactive media.