Archive for February 19th, 2009

Banning of play… some thoughts

February 19, 2009

Very recently the theatre censors banned the staging of a play by Adrian Buckle’s theatre company Unifaun ‘Stitching’. The play tackles difficult issues … an unwanted pregnancy, a difficult relationship, doubts, fears… it is said to be very shocking.

We’re treading a very thin line here. Banning something, a play, a book, whatever can be very dangerous…. it should never happen unless… well I cannot say really what the ‘unless’ is! ‘Book burning’ happened under the worse regimes in history; a modern version of book burning is just as bad.

Of course, audiences should be made aware of the content of a play; everybody has the right to discuss, disagree, criticize and express their opinions about it… but having it banned is a step too far.