Walking the Tightrope: The tension between art and politics
'Walking the Tightrope Long Listed for Amnesty Scotland's Freedom of Expression Award'
Offstage are delighted to announce that a reincarnation of Walking the Tightrope will be playing at the Underbelly this Summer 2015 for entirety of the Edinburgh Festival.
To buy tickets and location click here: http://www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk
Eight explosive short plays by Caryl Churchill, Ryan Craig, Omar El-Khairy, Tim Fountain, Neil LaBute, Gbolahan Obisesan, Mark Ravenhill, and Timberlake Wertenbaker about Freedom of Expression in the UK today.
Dates: 5th - 29th August,
The show will last an hour, which includes a 30 minutes discussion after the plays.
Panelists and Chairs to be announced.
Directed by Cressida Brown
Walking the Tighrope previously played at Theatre Deli, January 2015:
With special thanks to Jokers Masquerade for costume support
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Offstage Theatre, in association with Theatre Uncut, have commissioned playwrights Caryl Churchill, Ryan Craig, April De Angelis, Tim Fountain, Hannah Khalil, Neil LaBute, Hattie Naylor, Gbolahan Obisesan, Julia Pascal, Evan Placey, Mark Ravenhill and Sarah Solemani to respond with five minute plays to issues of censorship and boycotts in the arts. Arising from events and decisions made by Underbelly, Exhibit B and Tricycle in 2014, this assortment of plays will explore contrasting views on Freedom of Expression in the UK arts today.
Panelists and Chairs included: Julia Farrington (Belarus Free Theatre), David Lan (Young Vic), April De Angelis, Louise Jeffreys (Barbican), Jeffrey Horowitz (Theatre for a New Audience, New York), Gboholan Obisesen, Bidisha Mamata (journalist and presenter) Natalia Kaliada - Belarus Free Theatre , Rose Fenton Free Word, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi - Artists have a right to say no, Charlie Wood - Underbelly , Tim Fountain - Commissioned Writer , Jodie Ginsberg Index on Censorship, Steven Erlanger - New York Times, Julia Pascal, Mike Harris/Padraig Reidy - 89up, Jess Worth - BP or not BP , Jeremy Edwards (Activatist) Mike Harris (89up) Padraig Reidy - 89up, Chris Thorpe, Mark Ravenhill.
Walking The Tightrope: The tension between art and politics is produced by Offstage Theatre, in association with Theatre Uncut, and supported by Free Word and their free expression residents and associates: English PEN, 89up and Index.
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."
Theatre Uncut was created to spark debate and encourage political engagement. Originally established in 2011 as a response to the cuts announced by the Coalition.