Playing politics: censure in theatres

Theatre riots might capture the imagination but audiences, critics and authority figures shape theatre in other less dramatic ways. Guest Dr Barry Houlihan talks about his new book Theatre and archival memory: Irish drama and marginalised histories 1951-77 (2022)

·     Reading a banned book is a private thing while theatre-going is a public political act.

·     Theatre is a way of dismantling the mechanics of the state and church.

·     Theatres are institutions in their own way – they can have set audiences that they cater for and don’t want to lose.

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