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Booking is now open for our two events at the Edinburgh Fringe! Visit to book free tickets for our rehearsed reading of the latest draft of ENSEMBLE and a roundtable discussion about theatre censorship. Click here to read an extract from Peter’s play.




Peter’s new draft of his play is set in a fictional theatre in 1990, after the excitement of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and before German reunification. This is a time between things, a time where for everyone nothing is known. For some of the theatre practitioners, it is a moment of opportunity and reinvention, of the future suddenly becoming a place of possibility after so many years of stagnation. For others, the future is a terrifying vacuum and the present is full of fear, loss and guilt. The questions for the director, the dramaturge, the actors and the stage manager is what is the theatre actually for? What do they programme? What do they rehearse? As they try out material for their show, old wars, suspicions and accusations rise to the surface…

Time: 14:00 – 15:30, Wednesday 12 August

Venue: The Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH

Click here for an extract from Peter’s play.

Fringe Debate PRINT FILE


After the reading of Peter’s play, join us for a roundtable discussion of contemporary experiences of theatre censorship. Peter and Laura will be joined by Lisa Goldman and Julia Farrington. Lisa will be speaking from her experience as a dramaturg, director and writer. She directed Behud by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, a play written in response to the cancellation of Behzti at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2004. Lisa also made the first London invitation to the Belarus Free Theatre, with their productions Being Harold Pinter and Generation Blue Jeans. Julia Farrington is Associate Arts Producer for Index on Censorship and an associate of Vivarta, a digital media news lab and advocate for free expression rights.

Time: 16:30-17:45, Wednesday 12 August

Venue: The Project Room, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH

To book free tickets, visit

'Behud' rehearsal shot

‘Behud’ rehearsal shot


Lisa Goldman is a freelance dramaturg, director and writer. As artistic director and joint-chief executive, she ran two new writing companies – the Red Room 1995-2006 and Soho Theatre 2006-2010 – for whom she developed many award-winning plays. Her book The No Rules Handbook for Writers was published by Oberon Books 2012. Present freelance projects include writing and directing a dance-theatre piece about extreme energy with Ben Duke (Lost Dog) and other new writing projects with Theatre Royal Stratford East, Neos Kosmos (Athens) and the Arcola Theatre.






Julia Farrington


Julia Farrington is associate art producer for Index on Censorship, associate of Vivarta and head of campaigns and events for Belarus Free Theatre. She has recently published information packs on the laws that impact on what is sayable in the arts for Index and is working on the Belarus Free Theatre’s 10th anniversary celebrations in London this autumn.



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