Twenty-five years after of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a collaborative project between award-winning dramatist Peter Arnott, Dr Laura Bradley of the University of Edinburgh, and ex-BBC filmmaker Susan Kemp set out to explore the issues surrounding censorship and East German theatre.
We held a tour of rehearsed readings of Peter’s final version of the play in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews in September, and you can see photos and extracts from the script here. Our next event will be the premiere of Susan’s film, WRITING ENSEMBLE, early in 2016.
The project was developed in collaboration with the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures at the University of Edinburgh.
Why did the East German authorities try to keep censorship secret? What problems and opportunities did this create for writers and theatre practitioners? And what role did theatres play in the 1989 protests?
In just twelve months, we have created a new play and a film about East German theatre censorship.
Peter Arnott kept a monthly blog as he engaged with the research and developed his play.