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Walking the Tightrope: The Tension between Art and Politics

Walking The TightropeOffstage in association with Theatre Uncut present: Walking the Tightrope: The Tension between Art and Politics World premiere of short political plays by acclaimed writers including Mark Ravenhill and Caryl Churchill and a week of lively discussion with comedians, world renowned activists, artists and politicians Offstage, in association with Theatre Uncut, have commissioned eleven playwrights, including Caryl Churchill, April De Angelis, Neil LaBute, Julia Pascal, Evan Placey, Mark Ravenhill and Sarah Solemani, to produce short plays responding to issues of censorship and boycotts in the arts.

Arising from events and decisions made at Underbelly, Exhibit B and Tricycle earlier in 2014, tin 2014, this assortment of plays, will explore contrasting views on Freedom of Expression in the UK arts today. The plays and after-show discussions will be hosted at Theatre Delicatessen in Farringdon from 26 to 31 January 2015 from 7.30pm.

Each performance will feature an energetic post-show discussion. These discussions will vary each night from boycotts and protests, to social media and political responsibility. The invited panel will vary nightly from political pundits, journalists, leading artistic directors, world famous campaigners and academics and will open with comedian and political activist Mark Thomas.

Walking The Tightrope: The tension between art and politics is produced by Offstage Theatre, in association with Theatre Uncut, and supported by Free Word. Of the project Neil LaBute said: “I’m hugely excited to be a part of Walking the Tightrope – a collection of short plays by a group of terrific writers about the freedom of expression. I feel really lucky to be included as this theme has always been an important one in my own work and the form that is being used – the five minute play – is a wonderful and difficult one to master. If you care about humanity, then you care about the arts. If you care about the arts, you need to support this kind of work. In my mind, there is nothing that can’t be said or seen on the stage. I think Walking the Tightrope intends to prove that many times over, five minutes at a time.

The full list of writers is: Caryl Churchill, Ryan Craig, April De Angelis, Tim Fountain, Hannah Khalil, Neil LaBute, Hattie Naylor, Julia Pascal, Evan Placey, Mark Ravenhill and Sarah Solemani.


26th to 31st January 2015, Monday – Saturday 19.30, Saturday matinee 2pm
Theatre Delicatessen, 119 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3DA
To Book tickets: http://walkingthetightrope.brownpapertickets.com/

Running time: two hours including interval and panel discussion

Thursday 18th December 2014


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