Writing the ensemble: GDR documentary
- Date: Tuesday 20 February 2018
- Location: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures office
- Cost: Cinema ticket price
A fascinating documentary on writing a play on theatre censorship in the GDR.
event takes place at Hyde Park Picture House
WRITING ENSEMBLE: AN EXPERIMENT IN THEATRE (2016)
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