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March 8, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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The Play’s The Thing

What Happens When Theatre Gets Censored
An image of a man with gaffer tape over his mouth


Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship magazine, in discussion with actors from the Globe theatre around the world project and artistic director of The Gate theatre, Ellen McDougall.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the end of an era, when all plays had to be signed off by the British Lord Chamberlain before performance, the panel will discuss why we should worry about censorship of what we see on stage, and how words and ideas are restricted around the world and in the UK today.

Part of Essex Book Festival and Index on Censorship’s UNSPEAKABLE on Friday 8 March: a day of challenging and illuminating conversations, performance, exhibitions and workshops hosted by the University of Essex, that explores historic and contemporary issues of censorship, no-platforming, freedom of speech, and taboos.


Writer-in-residence at Metal, Chalkwell Hall

During Essex Book Festival 2019, Dean Atta will be in residence at the Pop-Up Essex Writers House, at Metal in Southend. Find out more at www.essexwritershouse.co.uk

Dean Atta’s poetry is as honest as truth itself Benjamin Zephaniah




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Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
01206 873261

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Hearing Loop: Essex Book Festival has a mobile Roger Pen hearing loop system, which needs to be booked by individuals in advance at least five days before the event. If you would like to use the Roger Pen email claire@essexbookfestival.org.uk