Writing the ensemble: GDR documentary

A fascinating documentary on writing a play on theatre censorship in the GDR.

event takes place at Hyde Park Picture House


The very recent history of the former GDR (East Germany) has much to tell us about how to understand the world we live in today, if we look closely enough. In this closed, authoritarian society, theatre played a significant role. It was more popular than any other form of entertainment, and filtering the potentially explosive ideas it contained through a network of Stasi spies and official state control was as complicated and strategic as any game of chess. This documentary follows Scottish playwright Peter Arnott as he tackles the subject of East German theatre censorship for a newly commissioned play drawing from the research of Professor Laura Bradley.

Director: Susan Kemp, 1 hr 42 mins 

More information on the Hyde Park Picture House website and on Who's Watching Who?