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School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Theatre Censorship in Spain

'Art made tongue-tied by authority': Theatre Censorship around the World

30 September - 2 October 2010

Venues: Royal Irish Academy, Instituto Cervantes

Coinciding with the The Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival, the event was designed to expand the range and impact of the Theatre Censorship in Spain project by enabling comparisons with studies and experiences of theatre censorship in other places and periods.

The conference focused on the complexity and heterogeneity of theatrical censorship and featured Spanish playwright Fernando Arrabal, British director Lisa Goldman and Nepalese playwright and academic Abhi Subedi
as keynote speakers. Other participants included academics and theatre practitioners from a variety of countries and contexts. The aim of the conference was to build up a comprehensive view of the impact on theatre of various forms of censorship – political, moral, commercial, religious, etc. The scope of the conference was global and covered both historical and contemporary scenarios.

The link with the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival provided opportunities for conference participants to be involved in one of Europe’s largest and liveliest theatre festivals. The conference also featured a dramatized reading of The Case of the Rose Tattoo by Jocelyn Clarke (directed by Tom Creed) and a round-table discussion on Censorship and Freedom of Expression in the Theatre - involving Lisa Goldman, Loughlin Deegan (Director of the Theatre Festival) and Chris Gatt (who was at the time fighting a censorship battle against the Maltese government)..

The conference was supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, Durham University, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Instituto Cervantes Dublin, Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival and Meet in Ireland/Fáilte Ireland.


Global Insights cover

The event has led to the publication of a collection of essays written by participants in the conference and other experts on theatre censorship, together with a substantial introduction reflecting on the nature and implications of censorship:

Catherine O’Leary, Diego Santos Sánchez & Michael Thompson (eds). Global Insights on Theatre Censorship (New York/Abingdon: Routledge, 2016)